Area Information



Students are served by Surry County Schools, which operates three campuses in Pilot Mountain, NC including East Surry High School. Surry Community College Pilot Center provides higher educational opportunities in Pilot Mountain, NC. Wake Forest University, Salem College, UNC School of the Arts and Winston-Salem State University are also nearby.

Surry County, NC contains major employers like Pike Electric, Inc., Wayne Farms, LLC, Workforce Unlimited and Renfro Corporation. The county’s location is convenient to the Blue Ridge Parkway and area industry structure. The trade, transportation and utilities industry is the largest in the county.

Medical needs are met by Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and Northern Hospital of Surry County. These modern facilities provide patients comprehensive and compassionate care. In Surry County, NC there is an average of 18 physicians per 10,000 residents.


Pilot Mountain, NC is home to Pilot Mountain State Park which features an extensive trail network that connects to the 215-mile Yadkin River, one of the longest rivers in North Carolina. Additionally, 49 campsites, rock climbing and scenery are offered at the park. Sauratown Trail joins Pilot Mountain State Park with Hanging Rock State Park. The Dan River contains more than 100 miles for fishing or paddling amidst cliffs and woodlands. Carolina Ziplines, Horne Creek Living Historical Farm and JOLO Vineyards add diversity to the recreational opportunities in the area.

Mount Airy, NC was the inspiration for the town of “Mayberry” on The Andy Griffith Show and is a popular bluegrass music destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mount Airy is also an attractive retirement community ranking among the best in the country. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is a one-of-a-kind attraction offering an educational and historic experience. Old Salem is comprised of restored and new facilities, event space, a research center and numerous gardens.

Mayberry Days, Cornshucking Frolic and Mayfest provide annual entertainment in addition to a slew of other events and festivals in the Surry County, NC area.



In Pilot Mountain, NC there’s sunshine on an average of 215 days each year as well as 48 inches of rain, warm summers and cool winters. These conditions provide year-round enjoyment of the natural beauty, local flavor and outdoor recreation surrounding.


The town of Pilot Mountain was adopted in 1889. The most dramatic shift in the community’s history was through a railroad passage from Pilot Mountain, NC to Mount Airy, NC. In 1910, the first public school was opened, while the Bank of Pilot Mountain was constructed in 1914 and the first power plant began service in 1916. Textile manufacturing was also a driving economic force, particularly in the 1940s.