Recent heavy rainfall at the park and in surrounding areas has created dangerously swift water currents in Lake Tillery. Please call the park office before coming to rent a boat to see if boat rentals are available that day.Last updated on: Thursday, June 20, 2019
All bridle trails have been deemed unsafe and thus CLOSED until further notice due to severe damage to the trail surface caused from heavy rainfall during Hurricane Florence. These damaged trail sections are currently being redesigned and rerouted to make them safe again for visitors.Last updated on: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Boat rentals are $7/hour per boat. This includes canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards. Swimming pool rates are $6 for adults, $4 for children (3-12 years old) and children under 3 are free. Both of these facilities are open daily, 10am - 5:30 pm.Last updated on: Sunday, May 26, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001
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.
10am - 5pm daily
10am - 5:30pm daily
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Open seven days a week until August.
10am - 5:30pm daily
March 30th - November 3rd
Open only on weekends before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
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Office hours may deviate on state holidays and weekends.