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Lake Tillery at Morrow Mountain State Park
Office Hours on Nov 25   

The park office will be closed after 11:00 am on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th.  Trails and other facilities will be operating under normal hours.

 Last updated on: Thursday, November 25, 2021

Trail Construction In Progress   

Please use caution while hiking in areas that are under construction. Some trail sections may be temporarily closed. Call the Park Office (704) 982-4402 for the latest information.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Overnight Reservations Required Before Arrival   

Camping and cabin reservations are REQUIRED before arrival. There are no walk-up reservations. Visitors must book reservations online and arrive before 8:00 p.m. on the day of reservation. Campers may go directly to their campsite after 4:00 pm on day of arrival and must vacate site before 3:00 pm on their last day. Cabin check-in is after 4:00 pm and check-out is required before 10:00 am.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 18, 2021

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:
    7:00am to 8:00pm

 

  • April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm

 

  • 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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  • OPEN
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • CLOSED​
  • August hours may vary depending on staff.
     

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  • ​CLOSED for the season.

 


 

 

 

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.

 


Quarry Trail
Location: Trailhead is located in the large parking area below the swimming pool. One trailhead starts close to Shelter B and the other begins from the sidewalk by Shelter C.

Description:

This trail, approximately 0.6 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 offers 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.


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

Length:
0.60 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
blue diamonds

Rocks Trail
Location: The primary trailhead is located in the family campground across from the amphitheater. In the winter, the area will be closed. You can also access this trail via the Campground Trail if you park at the office.

Description:

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 outcropping overlooking the Pee Dee River. Please use 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. Be aware that the Rocks Trail joins the Long Loop Bridle Trail and then a spur trail will take you out to the rock outcropping.

There is a small parking lot available near the Rocks Trailhead, which is located by the family campground. In the winter, the small parking lot is closed. You can walk the Campground Trail from the park office, or there is limited parking available at the firewood shed in the family campground. If the main lot is closed during the winter, please do not park in front of the gate.


Surface: natural surface, gravel, water crossings, boulders

Length:
1.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
blue squares

Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Location: The trailhead is located across from the restroom building at the Bridle Trail parking area, located approximately 0.50 mile from the park entrance. The trail can also be accessed from the Morrow Mountain Trail.

Description:

At 2.8 miles long, Sugarloaf Mountain Trail ascends the park's second-highest peak at 858 feet 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.


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

Length:
2.80 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
orange diamonds

Three Rivers Nature Trail
Location: Trailhead located at the boathouse parking area. It briefly joins the Fall Mountain Trail before crossing over the park road.

Description:

Only 0.8 mile long, this trail traverses floodplain and ridgetop, offering an excellent introduction to the park's diverse habitats and landforms. It is named for the point at which the Uwharrie River joins the Yadkin River and the Yadkin River then becomes known as the Pee Dee River, creating an intersection of three rivers. This area was once the site of a small community called Tyndalsville.

Wildflowers such as spring beauties, wingstem, and trumpet creeper can still be found blooming along the trail at different times of the year. Trees typical of the area's floodplains, such as river birch and sycamore, can be found in low areas while the trail's ridgetop is dominated by trees such as chestnut oak and American beech. The trail also offers a good opportunity to find animal signs from beaver, deer, and raccoon.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge, water crossings

Length:
0.80 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
blue hexagons

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 9:30am
Friday, December 17, 2021 - 5:00pm
Sunday, December 19, 2021 - 2:00pm