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Friday, May 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:00pm
Boathouse closed today   

Recent storms have caused hazardous conditions at our boathouse. Rentals will be suspended until repairs can be made and conditions are safe. Concessions are still available on weekends during regular hours.

 Last updated on: Saturday, April 20, 2019

Star Party Cancelled   

Due to the weekend forecast we will be rescheduling the Star Party to later in the summer. With cloudy skies and possible strong currents in the river we won't be able to provide all the activities that were scheduled. The new event date will be posted on our Facebook page and the Morrow Mountain website soon. If you have any questions or concerns please call the office at 704.982.4402.

 Last updated on: Friday, April 12, 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 are currently being redesigned and rerouted to make them safe again for visitors.

 Last updated on: Friday, April 12, 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 4,792 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.

Bridle trails:

CLOSED TODAY


49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

704-982-4402
morrow.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.373724, -80.07347

 

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March 30th - November 3rd
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