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Lake Tillery at Morrow Mountain State Park
Detour- Valley Drive South   

The Valley Drive and Hwy 24/27 intersection is CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Visitors driving west from Troy will continue west for 1.25 miles and turn right onto Sweet Home Church Road. At the end of Sweet Home Church Road, turn right onto Vickers Store Road. When you reach the end of Vickers Store Road, make a left onto Valley Drive and continue driving until you reach the intersection with Morrow Mountain Road.

 Last updated on: Friday, July 2, 2021

Swimming Pool Closure   

Swimming Pool is closed for the season due to major infrastructure issues affecting the safety of visitors.  Renovations are being scheduled to make necessary repairs.

 Last updated on: Monday, June 7, 2021

Boathouse Update   

The Boathouse operating hours are 7 days per week from 10a.m. - 5:30p.m. Boat rentals END at 5p.m. Boat rentals are at $10 per hour, $25 for half-day, or $45 for full-day. It is encouraged to bring your 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. The risk of contracting COVID from exposed surfaces is greatly reduced after 72 hours. When renting life jackets, boats, and paddles within 72 hours of previous use, you are at a greater risk of contracting COVID.

 Last updated on: Monday, June 7, 2021

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:
    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
     

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

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  • OPEN
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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

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  • ​Open 7 days per week, 10a.m. until 5:30p.m. Boat rentals end at 5p.m.

 


 

 

 

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:

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 7:30pm
Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 9:30am
Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 10:00am