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No boat rentals this weekend due to hazardous conditions.   

Concessions will still be available from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm. Strong currents, fluctuating water levels, and debris are currently causing hazardous conditions. We will continue to evaluate and update when conditions allow us to rent boats out again.

 Posted on: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Park partially OPEN   

Morrow Mountain State Park's roads and cabins will be reopened on Thursday, September 20. Campgrounds will be closed through Monday, September 24. Trails will be closed and reopened in stages as hazards are removed and trails repaired. The boathouse will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Please contact the park office for most recent updates.

 Posted on: Thursday, September 20, 2018
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.

 

Morrow Mountain Trail
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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. 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 (or descends if you start at the top of Morrow Mountain) Morrow Mountain for approximately a quarter mile.

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Length:
2.60 miles
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Mountain Loop Trail
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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 of a mile long in its entirety and is quite rugged and rocky in places. Rock debris from thousands of years of pre-historic quarrying can be found all 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.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.80 miles
Round Trip
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Quarry Trail
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This trail, approximately 0.6 of a mile long, is one of the Kids in Parks Track Trails. Brochures with a variety of activities for children can be found at the trailhead. This trail also goes by the Civilian Conservation Corps’ (CCC) rock quarry which supplied many of the rocks used to construct the park’s buildings, curbs and walls during The Great Depression. Rock exposed by quarrying and erosion offer insights to the area’s unique geologic past. Dragonflies and frogs now take advantage of the small pond formed as a result of rock quarrying.

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.60 miles
Round Trip
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Rocks Trail
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Unlike most of the park’s trails, the Rocks Trail is not a loop trail and is 1.3 miles long one way. It is a relatively easy hike that ends at a 35 foot high rock outcrop overlooking the Pee Dee River. Please exercise caution around these rocks and be especially careful with young children. This trail traverses mostly mature woodlands and a beautiful mountain laurel thicket is found near the rock outcropping at the trail’s end. A small parking lot is available near the Rocks Trailhead, which is located by the family campground.

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Length:
1.30 miles
One-way
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Trail
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At 2.8 miles long, Sugarloaf Mountain Trail ascends the park’s second highest peak at 858’ above sea level. During winter months, when leaves are off the trees, the mountaintop offers good views of the river and surrounding countryside. The trail is rocky and rugged in places and more challenging than many of the park’s other trails. Mountain laurel is prevalent along the mountain’s north side.

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Length:
2.80 miles
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Strenuous
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Contact:

Morrow Mountain State Park

49104 Morrow Mountain Road
AlbemarleNC 28001
Phone704-982-4402
morrow.mountain@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.373724
Longitude: -80.073470

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