Morrow Mountain State Park lies in the Uwharrie Mountains of North Carolina’s southern piedmont and offers a wide variety of trails for both novice and experienced hikers. One can stroll leisurely for half an hour along one of the park’s short loop trails or spend the day hiking some of the park’s longer and more challenging trails.
This 4.1 mile trail starts at the parking lot along Lake Tillery and traverses a wide variety of habitats. The top of Fall Mountain offers great views of Lake Tillery and surrounding countryside when leaves are off the trees. The top of Fall Mountain features rhyolite rock outcrops which have been relatively undisturbed. Here the forest is dominated by chestnut oaks, typical of the ridgetops found throughout the Uwharrie Mountains. Bald eagles and ospreys are sometimes observed along the river as they search for fish.
This 2 mile trail offers a steep ascent up Hattaway Mountain and is one of the park’s more challenging trails. The chestnut oaks and sourwoods found at the top of Hattaway Mountain are typical of the dry, rocky ridges found throughout the Uwharrie Mountains. Like the other mountain trails, it offers good views from the top of the mountain when leaves are off the trees.
Named for the mountain laurel found along it, this trail is approximately 0.6 of a mile long. At times, it meanders along Sugarloaf Creek and passes near the park’s vacation cabins. This loop trail starts by the park’s museum and is perfect for those that seek a short hike. A section of the Morrow Mountain Trail connects the Laurel Trail to the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail for those seeking a longer and more adventurous hike.
49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001
GPS: 35.373724, -80.07347
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March 30th - November 3rd
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