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49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

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

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.373724, -80.07347

 

December, January & February: 7am - 7pm
March, April & October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm
November: 7am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day.

Museum
10am - 5pm daily

Swimming Pool
10am - 5:30pm daily
Memorial Day - Labor Day 
Open seven days a week.  In August schedule will vary depending on staffing levels. 

Boathouse
10am - 5:30pm daily
Spring Date TBA - November 8th
Open only on weekends before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.

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

PARK CLOSED   

Morrow Mountain State Park is closed until further notice to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

List of trails

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.

 


Backpack Trail
Location: Trailhead begins next to the museum, near the park office.

Description:

After starting from the museum, the Backpack Trail joins with the Morrow Mountain Trail for approximately 0.75 mile. At this intersection, the Backpack Trail splits to the left and continues to the primitive campsites.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, boardwalk/bridge, water crossings

Length:
1.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white circles

Bridle Trail – Long Loop
Location: Trailhead is located at the Bridle Trail parking area, approximately 0.5 mile from the park entrance.

Description:

The Long Loop is 9.3 miles long and starts and ends from the Bridle Trail parking area. For a brief time near Morrow Mountain, it joins the Short Loop and Middle Loop. Approximately one-third of the trail follows a fire road or service road. The Duck Blind Cove Spur Trail can be accessed from the Long Loop.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, water crossings

Length:
9.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate bridle
Blaze:
red circles

Bridle Trail – Middle Loop
Location: Trailhead is located at the Bridle Trail parking area, approximately 0.5 mile from the park entrance.

Description:

The Middle Loop is 5.5 miles long and it joins the Short Loop and Long Loop for a brief time. The Mountain Creek Spur Trail can be accessed from the Middle Loop. A majority of the loop goes through a bottomland forest with poplar and sycamore trees.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, water crossings

Length:
5.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate bridle
Blaze:
blue circles

Bridle Trail – Short Loop
Location: Trailhead is located at the Bridle Trail parking area, approximately 0.5 mile from the park entrance.

Description:

The 3.9-mile Short Loop departs the Bridle Trail parking area, and then circles the lower flanks of Morrow Mountain. For a short distance, it joins with the Middle Loop and Long Loop. It also crosses the Morrow Mountain Trail (hiking only). After recent rain, there are a couple of stream crossings.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, water crossings

Length:
3.90 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate bridle
Blaze:
white circles

Campground Trail
Location: The main trailhead can be accessed behind the park office. Other trailheads include multiple locations in the family campground and at the swimming pool.

Description:

The Campground Trail connects the family campground, amphitheater, park office, museum, and swimming pool. The Hattaway Mountain Trail, Morrow Mountain Trail, and Rocks Trail can all be accessed from here.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.80 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white triangles