Members Only Area
Bookmark and Share
sidebar menu icon


PILOT KNOB (Denton County). Pilot Knob is a 900-foot-high protrusion located (at 33°09' N, 97°12' W) southwest of Denton on the eastern edge of the Grand Prairiesqv, one of three major physiographical regions in Denton County. The knob, capped by dark brown arenaceous ironstone, consists mostly of sandstone. Centuries of running water have formed three cement-like sandstone ledges which, from a distance, resemble a ship's lookout; hence the name Pilot Knob. Because it was one of the highest points in north central Texas, Pilot Knob was used as a lookout station or signal point by members of the Caddo Indian confederacy, by Spanish and American pioneers, and later by Texas Rangersqv. At one time Sam Bass used it for a hideout. In the 1890s it became a favorite picnic spot for family outings.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"PILOT KNOB (DENTON COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.