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49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

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

 

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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.

 


Fall Mountain Trail
Location: Both trailheads are located at the boathouse parking area, adjacent to Lake Tillery and the public boat launch.

Description:

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.


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

Length:
4.10 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
orange triangles

Hattaway Mountain Trail
Location: The trailhead is located at the large parking area below the park's swimming pool. Shelter B, Shelter C, and the Quarry Trail can also be accessed from the same parking area.

Description:

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 superb views from the top of the mountain when leaves are off the trees.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, water crossings, boulders

Length:
2.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
orange squares

Laurel Trail
Location: Trailhead is located next to the museum.

Description:

Named for the mountain laurel found along it, this trail is approximately 0.6 mile long. At times, it meanders along Sugarloaf Creek and passes near the park's vacation cabins. This loop trail starts by the 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.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge, water crossings

Length:
0.60 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red hexagons

Morrow Mountain Trail
Location: The lower trailhead is located next to the museum. The upper trailhead can be accessed from the Mountain Loop Trail at the Morrow Mountain scenic vista.

Description:

The Morrow Mountain Trail connects the parking lot at the park office and the picnic area on top of Morrow Mountain. It is approximately 2.6 miles long one way, and approximately 5.5 miles roundtrip, including a short section of Mountain Loop Trail. This trail utilizes portions of three other trails: Laurel Trail, Sugarloaf Mountain Trail, and Mountain Loop Trail, which are all connected by the Morrow Mountain Trail. It is a relatively easy trail, with the exception of a steep section, which ascends Morrow Mountain (or descends if you start at the top of Morrow Mountain) for approximately 0.25 mile.


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

Length:
2.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
blue triangles

Mountain Loop Trail
Location: Both trailheads are located at Morrow Mountain scenic vista parking area. The upper trailhead can be accessed next to the top overlook. The lower trailhead is located next to the rock wall at the bottom of the parking area.

Description:

The Mountain Loop Trail circles the top of Morrow Mountain, the highest point in the park and Stanly County. This trail is approximately 0.8 mile long, and it is quite rugged and rocky in places. Rock debris from thousands of years of prehistoric quarrying can be found along the trail. American Indians used this rock, called rhyolite, to make spearheads, knives, axes, and scrapers.

Please help us protect this important archaeological site. It is illegal to collect or remove any rocks, minerals, or artifacts from a state park.

To complete the entire loop, you must take a section of trail below Shelter A and then walk across the parking lot.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, boardwalk/bridge, boulders, stairs

Length:
0.80 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red squares