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Morrow Mountain State Park adds 45 acres at Mountain Creek

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Phone: 
919-707-9350

Morrow Mountain State Park adds 45 acres at Mountain Creek

 

Mountain Creek at Morrow Mountain State Park

 

Raleigh, N.C. — Morrow Mountain State Park added 45 acres of land south of Mountain Creek to its holdings this summer. The new property includes more than 3,000 linear feet of frontage on Mountain Creek, a pristine stream home to rare mussels.

The addition was made possible through a partnership with landowners Ron and Nancy Bryant and LandTrust for Central North Carolina. The site protects a hardwood forest ecosystem with other rare species, including the Carolina Creekshell and timber rattlesnake.

The park will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the acquisition at 10 a.m., July 26 at the lodge adjacent to the park office. Friends of Morrow Mountain State Park will provide refreshments.

“We are thrilled to welcome this addition to Morrow Mountain State Park,” State Park Director Dwayne Patterson said. “This park is beloved by its community and is a treasure trove of beautiful sights and activities—from paddling and fishing on Lake Tillery to picnicking at the top of the highest peak. The new land will attract first-time visitors while giving old friends a new reason to return.” 

Funding for the acquisition came from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, Fred and Alice Stanback, and other private donors.

Morrow Mountain State Park offers more than 15 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of bridle trails from the summit of Morrow Mountain to Lake Tillery, where a boathouse offers canoes and rowboats for rent and bait for fishing. A family campground with 106 sites for tents, trailers and RVs is close by a swimming pool with bathhouse. The park also offers group camping sites, remote backpack camping and rustic vacation cabins. 

 

About North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 234,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 19 million visitors annually.

 

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

 

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