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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.

 


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

Upcoming Events:

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