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

All trails, the boat ramp, restrooms, family camping, primitive 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 p.m. on the day of reservation. Restrooms will be closed periodically so that staff can adhere to new cleaning protocols. Weather-based horse trail closures will continue to be updated on the park's main webpage.

The park office is open. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office. The lodge and museum remain closed.

Picnic shelters are open and available for reservation.

Boat rentals and the boathouse, concession stand, swimming pool, and water fountains remain closed. The swimming pool will remain closed through the 2020 season. Group campsites remain closed until further notice due to a challenging natural resource concern with the restroom facilities. 

Park hours are 7:00am to 10:00pm. Day use areas close at 9:00 pm. 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. Generally, state parks are following a phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020

Don't forget water!   

It's that time of year again. The heat and humidity are consistently high. Please plan ahead and bring more water than you think you'll need. Don't forget to bring some for your furry friends, too. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we currently are not selling concessions. There are water spigots near the museum in the office parking lot, the lower picnic area, and the bridle trail parking lot. The restrooms at the boathouse, summit, office and lower picnic area are open.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY


Map of North Carolina – Morrow Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

704-982-4402

morrow.mountain@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Park office

49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

GPS: 35.3737, -80.0735

 


Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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

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  • CLOSED
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • CLOSED​
  • August hours may vary depending on staff.
     

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  • ​CLOSED

 


 

 

 

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

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 2:00pm