All trails, the boat ramp, restrooms, family camping, primitive camping and vacation cabins are OPEN. Camping and cabin reservations are REQUIRED before arrival. There are no walk-up reservations. Visitors must book reservations online and arrive before 9 p.m. on the day of reservation. Restrooms will be closed periodically so that staff can adhere to new cleaning protocols. Weather-based horse trail closures will continue to be updated on the park's main webpage.
The park office is open. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office. The lodge and museum remain closed.
Picnic shelters are open and available for reservation.
Boat rentals and the boathouse, concession stand, swimming pool, and water fountains remain closed. The swimming pool will remain closed through the 2020 season. Group campsites remain closed until further notice due to a challenging natural resource concern with the restroom facilities.
Park hours are 7:00am to 10:00pm. Day use areas close at 9:00 pm. Parking is limited to available spaces only to keep the park under capacity. There is no overflow parking or parking allowed on road shoulders. When capacity is reached, only those with camping/cabin reservations will be allowed to enter the park.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following a phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020
It's that time of year again. The heat and humidity are consistently high. Please plan ahead and bring more water than you think you'll need. Don't forget to bring some for your furry friends, too. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we currently are not selling concessions. There are water spigots near the museum in the office parking lot, the lower picnic area, and the bridle trail parking lot. The restrooms at the boathouse, summit, office and lower picnic area are open.Last updated on: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001
GPS: 35.3737, -80.0735
- December to February:
7:00am to 7:00pm
- March to April:
7:00am to 8:00pm
- May to September:
7:00am to 10:00pm
7:00am to 9:00pm
7:00am to 8:00pm
- Closed Christmas Day
- Open 8:00am to 4:30pm
- Hours may change on state holidays and weekends.
- Closed Christmas Day
- August hours may vary depending on staff.
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 Jefferson Davis.
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 5,902 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.