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Rocks Trail

49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

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.

Quarry Trail

49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

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.

Mountain Loop Trail

49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

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 mile long, and it is quite rugged and rocky in places. Rock debris from thousands of years of prehistoric quarrying can be found 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.

Morrow Mountain Trail

49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

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, and approximately 5.5 miles roundtrip, including a short section of Mountain Loop Trail. 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.

Laurel Trail

49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

Named for the mountain laurel found along it, this trail is approximately 0.6 mile long. At times, it meanders along Sugarloaf Creek and passes near the park's vacation cabins. This loop trail starts by the museum and is perfect for those that seek a short hike. A section of the Morrow Mountain Trail connects the Laurel Trail to the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail for those seeking a longer and more adventurous hike.

Hattaway Mountain Trail

49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

This 2-mile trail offers a steep ascent up Hattaway Mountain and is one of the park's more challenging trails. The chestnut oaks and sourwoods found at the top of Hattaway Mountain are typical of the dry, rocky ridges found throughout the Uwharrie Mountains. Like the other mountain trails, it offers superb views from the top of the mountain when leaves are off the trees.

Fall Mountain Trail

49104 Morrow Mountain Road, Albemarle

This 4.1-mile trail starts at the parking lot along Lake Tillery and traverses a wide variety of habitats. The top of Fall Mountain offers great views of Lake Tillery and surrounding countryside when leaves are off the trees. The top of Fall Mountain features rhyolite rock outcrops, which have been relatively undisturbed. Here, the forest is dominated by chestnut oaks, typical of the ridgetops found throughout the Uwharrie Mountains. Bald eagles and ospreys are sometimes observed along the river as they search for fish.