All trails, the boat ramp, most 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 9:00pm 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.
Group camping, the park office, boat rentals, swimming pool, museum, lodge, picnic shelters, snack bars, retail areas, and water fountains remain CLOSED. There will be no firewood sales, special events, or programs until further notice. The swimming pool will remain closed through the 2020 season.
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.
More information and FAQs at http://www.ncparks.gov/open.
When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff. It is now a requirement to wear a mask or face covering when social distancing cannot be met in indoor and outdoor spaces. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.Last updated on: Friday, July 17, 2020
It's that time of year again. The heat and humidity are getting to be 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 are not currently 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 and lower picnic area are open. The restroom at the Morrow Mountain Summit is closed for repairs and there is no other water source available up there at this time.Last updated on: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Contact the park
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
- 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 4,792 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.