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Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:00pm
Prescribed Burn in Progress   

Prescribed burn in progress as of 11 am 2/8/19. The park will remain open, but Hattaway, Quarry, Bridle Trails and the Kron House will be closed until further notice. Please keep headlights or hazards on when driving through the park.

 Last updated on: Friday, February 8, 2019

Controlled Burn Planned for Feb 8th   

In cooperation with the NC Forest Service, the park is planning a controlled burn for Friday, Feb 8th. Some areas will be closed including the Lower Picnic Area, Hattaway Mountain Trail and Quarry Trail.  Some park roads may be closed temporarily due to poor visibility and fireline control.  These burns are weather dependent so please check the park’s webpage for updates.

 Last updated on: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hiking and Horse Trail Closures   

Three Rivers Trail remains closed from storm damage, bridge washouts and bank erosion. All bridle trails have been deemed unsafe and thus CLOSED until further notice due to severe damage to the trail surface caused from heavy rainfall during Hurricane Florence. These damaged trail sections will need to be redesigned and rerouted to make them safe again for visitors.

 Last updated on: Thursday, February 7, 2019

History

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 4,742 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.

Contact:

Morrow Mountain State Park

49104 Morrow Mountain Road
AlbemarleNC 28001
Phone704-982-4402
morrow.mountain@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.373724
Longitude: -80.073470

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December, January & February: 7am - 7pm
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November: 7am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day.

Museum
10am - 5pm daily

Swimming Pool
10am - 5:30pm daily
Memorial Day - Labor Day 
Open only on weekends before June and after mid-August.

Boathouse
10am - 5:30pm daily
May - October 
Open only on weekends before June and after mid-August.

Park Office
8am - 4:30pm Daily
Office hours may deviate on state holidays and weekends.