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Pat McCrory, Governor John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: Immediate Contact: Charlie Peek
Date: 2013-06-20 Phone: (919) 218-4622

Morrow Mountain State Park remains closed due to storm damage

RALEIGH -- Morrow Mountain State Park in Stanly County remains closed to visitors due to damage sustained from high winds and downed trees on June 13, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The closure will likely continue for several weeks as state park crews continue to assess damage, remove hazardous trees and clear debris from around facilities, roadways, camping areas and trails. Repairs to damaged structures must be completed before they can be reopened to the public. Hazardous trees on steep terrain may require removal by contractors. No reservations are being accepted for the park’s campsites, picnic shelters and vacation cabins.

No one was injured in the June 13 storm, but several hundred trees in the 4,496-acre park were downed during the severe storm that may have spawned a microburst of high winds in the area. At least five park structures including the park office and one cabin were damaged as well as several vehicles belonging to park visitors. Roads blocked by downed trees in the park’s campground stranded some campers overnight. Rangers continue to survey damage on the park’s 34 miles of hiking and bridle trails.

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