All trails, the boat ramp, most 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 9:00pm 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.
Group camping, the park office, boat rentals, swimming pool, museum, lodge, picnic shelters, snack bars, retail areas, and water fountains remain CLOSED. There will be no firewood sales, special events, or programs until further notice. The swimming pool will remain closed through the 2020 season.
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.
More information and FAQs at http://www.ncparks.gov/open.
When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff. It is now a requirement to wear a mask or face covering when social distancing cannot be met in indoor and outdoor spaces. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended through September 11, 2020.Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020
It's that time of year again. The heat and humidity are getting to be 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 are not currently 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 and lower picnic area are open. The restroom at the Morrow Mountain Summit is closed for repairs and there is no other water source available up there at this time.Last updated on: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Contact the park
49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001
GPS: 35.3737, -80.0735
- December to February:
7:00am to 7:00pm
- March to April:
7:00am to 8:00pm
- May to September:
7:00am to 10:00pm
7:00am to 9:00pm
7:00am to 8:00pm
- Closed Christmas Day
- Hours may change on state holidays and weekends.
- Closed Christmas Day
- August hours may vary depending on staff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.