If you like to hike, there are plenty of trails in the vicinity of Pilot's Perch from which to choose. A few of the most notable ones are highlighted below:
Pilot Mountain in Pilot Mountain State Park is a mountain that you can see from the cabin, and it is the cabin's namesake. You can get to Pilot Mountain in about 40 minutes. Pilot Mountain has miles of trails to explore. Little Pinnacle Overlook offers hikers a close-up view of Big Pinnacle and distant views of the valley below. Cliffs and crevices, ravens, and rhododendron are only a small part of the scenery to be discovered. You'll find the trail information here.
Westwood Park is a wooded site just 30 minutes from Pilot’s Perch. You’ll find nature trails, two lighted ballfields, playground equipment, fitness stations, disc golf (nine holes), mountain bike trails, community fishing pond, shelter, restroom facilities, and paved parking at Westwood.
There are hiking trails all along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The cabin is conveniently located right off the Parkway. I’m sure you can find some trails nearby to traverse! Some popular trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway can be found here.
Blue Ridge Parkway Forest
Rocky Knob is about 45 mins away, AND, to get there you have to go through the Meadows of Dan. Our favorite winery, Chateau Morrisette, is in the Meadows of Dan,. You can go hike Rocky Knob, then stop off at the Chateau on your way back to the cabin and partake in their wine tastings, fine dining, gift shop, and beautiful views! One of our favorite Rocky Knob trail hikes is Rock Castle Gorge Loop. Rock Castle is located near Floyd, Virginia, about 30 minutes from the cabin, which features a waterfall. It’s easy hiking at the top and bottom, but the full 10.8 mile loop up and down is more strenuous and takes a full day.
Buffalo Mountain is encircled by Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve. The trail takes hikers to a treeless summit over 3,000 feet. Buffalo Mountain is a knob in the Smith Mountains formed in a shape that resembles the head of a buffalo. A steep but moderately graded one-mile trail will lead you to a peak of 3,971 feet. The winds on the summit are strong! The south face of the mountain contains grassy, prairie-like openings of wildflowers and native warm-season grasses more typical to the Midwest than to Virginia. At the base of the mountain, you’ll find globally rare grasses and wildflowers such as bog bluegrass.