Pilot Mountain State Park reopens following wildfire

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PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Pilot Mountain State Park reopened Wednesday following a wildfire that broke out nearly two weeks ago during a controlled burn.

The park’s campground, picnic area and most overlooks have reopened, including the Grassy Ridge Trail, Corridor Trail and River Section.

Some trails, including the climbing area and principal overlook at Little Pinnacle, will remain closed as “mop-up efforts continue,” according to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Park staff along with the N.C. Forest Service are still removing burned trees while monitoring about 675 acres that were affected by the blaze, which began Nov. 8 when flames from a controlled burn jumped a fire line.

The controlled burn was intended for about 180 acres. About three days after it began, park officials said the fire had burned about 800 acres.

The blaze was fully contained on Nov. 14.

No homes or businesses were ever threatened, according to park officials.