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Morrow Mountain State Park Adds 87 Acres Through Partnership, Donation

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
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Katie Hall
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Morrow Mountain State Park Adds 87 Acres Through Partnership, Donation

Raleigh, N.C. —The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation in partnership with Three Rivers Land Trust will celebrate the addition of 25 acres to Morrow Mountain State Park in Stanly County on June 25.  

The newly acquired property boasts mature hardwood forests and frontage along Mountain Creek. This acquisition was secured by the Three Rivers Land Trust and made possible with funding from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. 

The lands are part of Stony Hill Church Hardwoods, which is designated as a natural heritage area by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program due to its mature hardwood forests and rocky outcroppings. Mountain Creek is a pristine stream that is home to a variety of species of rare and endangered mussels.

“I am thrilled with this addition to Morrow Mountain State Park,” said Superintendent Jeff Davidson. “This acquisition along Mountain Creek will allow us to protect these natural resources, provide education to our visitors about their importance, and offer opportunities for visitors to enjoy this beautiful area with low-impact recreation.” 

The park will host a dedication of the new property at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the picnic shelter on top of Morrow Mountain. In event of rain, the dedication will take place in the park lodge. The event is free and open to the public. 

Duke Energy recently donated 62 acres to the park that have been leased by the park since 1941. Along the shoreline and banks of Lake Tillery, the donated land includes the park’s lake access facilities. The donation allows the park to sustain or expand its recreational operations on Lake Tillery and to conserve the shoreline in perpetuity. 

“We value opportunities for conservation, education, and recreation in our parks. These new additions to the park will allow us to enhance all three parts of our mission,” said Division of Parks and Recreation Director Dwayne Patterson.
More information about Morrow Mountain State Park can be found at 

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.
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