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Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

Lake Tillery at Morrow Mountain State Park
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Current status of park facilities   

All trails, the boat ramp, restrooms, family camping, primitive camping, group 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 9:00 p.m. on the day of reservation. 

Restrooms will be closed periodically so that staff can adhere to COVID cleaning protocols. Weather-based horse trail closures will continue to be updated on the park's main webpage.

The park office is open daily until 4:30 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office. The park museum is open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day.

Picnic shelters and the lodge are open and available for reservation.  Lodge reservations must be made through the park office and limited to 100 people maximum.

Boat rentals and the boathouse, concession stands, and water fountains remain closed. 

Park hours are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Day use areas close at 9:00 p.m. 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.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Boat House Update   

The Boat House is officially open for the 2021 season! The operating hours are 10am - 5pm Saturdays and Sundays. Boat rentals will resume on Saturday, May 8 at $10 per hour, $25 for half-day, or $45 for full-day. Covid precautions will limit availability of life jackets each day. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rentals will be suspended for the day when life jackets run out. Visitors may bring their own life-jackets as long as they are US Coast Guard approved, in good condition, properly fitting and worn at all times while on the rental boats. 

 Last updated on: Monday, May 3, 2021

Sugarloaf Mountain Trail

At 2.8 miles long, Sugarloaf Mountain Trail ascends the park's second-highest peak at 858 feet above sea level. During winter months, when leaves are off the trees, the mountaintop offers good views of the river and surrounding countryside. The trail is rocky and rugged in places and more challenging than many of the park's other trails. Mountain laurel is prevalent along the mountain's north side.

Trail Location: 
The trailhead is located across from the restroom building at the Bridle Trail parking area, located approximately 0.50 mile from the park entrance. The trail can also be accessed from the Morrow Mountain Trail.
Trail Length: 
2.80 miles
Trail Type: 
Trail Difficulty: 
strenuous hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
water crossings
Trail Blaze: 
orange diamonds
Bridle trails:


Map of North Carolina – Morrow Mountain State Park

Contact the park



Park office

49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

GPS: 35.3737, -80.0735




  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm


  • March:
    7:00am to 8:00pm


  • April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm


  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm


  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm


  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • Open 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Hours may change on state holidays and weekends.


  • OPEN
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • August hours may vary depending on staff.


  • ​Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm