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The BRIDLE TRAILS are CLOSED.
POOL OPENS: Saturday, May 25!
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CAUTION: All equestrians should be aware that horse traffic will be temporarily routed to the old trail configuration immediately north and south of the Bridal Trail Parking lot. Steep and rocky conditions may exist and the northbound trailhead is immediately adjacent to the parking lot entrance. This temporary re-route will be in place while sections of the new trail are regraded and hardened.
Equestrians - To preserve the park bridle trails for continued use and enjoyment, all trails are closed to horses after any measurable rainfall that may cause hazardous areas or erosion to the trail due to riding activity. Trails will be monitored daily and reopened when conditions are favorable for riding.
Below is a list of other riding opportunities within a two hour drive of Morrow Mountain in the event trails are closed:
Uwharrie Ranger District in Troy, NC telephone: (910) 576-6391
The Walthour-Moss Foundation in Southern Pines, NC - http://www.walthour-moss.org/index.php.
Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, NC - http://www.forsyth.cc/parks/tanglewood/Default.aspx
Saurtown Trails (which includes Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain State Parks) - http://www.sauratowntrails.org/
Sandhills Gamelands telephone: (919) 281-3917
Latta Plantation, Huntersville, NC - http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/StewardshipServices/NaturePreserves/Pages/Latta.aspx
New Hope Stables, Statesville, NC - http://www.nhstables.com/
H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area, Cheraw SC - http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/hcb/introduction.aspx
For further information contact the park office at 704-982-4402.
Please continue to check this site prior to all visits for horse riding activities. The trail may close for short durations based on many reasons including maintenance and wet weather closures. This website will be updated with current trail status.
Updated: 2013-05-20 11:04:55
The discovery of artifacts in the area attests to the presence of Native Americans 10,000 years before
European settlement. European colonization began along the banks of the Pee Dee River in the 1700s. In
1780, John Kirk, a Scotch-Irish settler, established a public ferry, linking the area to a major roadway.
Local legends recount the passage of noted people, including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and
Development of the park began in the 1930s through the efforts of a local committee interested in
establishing a state park in the area. By 1937, more than 3,000 acres of land had been acquired, much of it
donated by the citizens of Stanly County. The park was opened to the public in the summer of 1939.
Early development of park property was a cooperative effort between state and federal governments. Work
crews of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Work Projects Administration constructed many of the
facilities from 1937 to 1942. Additional facilities were added with state funds in the 1950s and 1960s.
Today, the park covers 4,742 acres.
The 1800s are still alive at Morrow Mountain. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the homestead of Dr.
Francis Kron, which is located at the foot of Fall Mountain. Dr. Kron, who was born in Prussia and
emigrated to America in 1823, is recognized as the first medical doctor to settle and practice medicine in
the southern piedmont of North Carolina. Dr. Kron traveled long distances to care for those in the area,
practicing medicine until after the age of 80. A noted horticulturist, he was also actively involved in
education. His home, doctor's office and infirmary, and greenhouse were reconstructed in the 1960s and
appear today much as they did in 1870.