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Description - Boone's Cave State Park is a small park resting on 110 acres just north of Morrow Mountain State, its affiliate park. Located just off Interstate 85 and State Route 150, this park has never been intensely developed as a recreation site. The park is strictly a day use facility nestled in a peaceful rural atmosphere mixed with large elegant country estates and beautiful green horse farms. It is believed, but never, confirmed that Squire Boone, Daniel Boone's father moved to this site in the mid 1700's. There is an old homestead site, but all that remains are large hearthstones. The park received its name from Boone's Cave, also known as Devil's Den. The cave lies on a steep slope facing the serpentine Yadkin River. The entryway to this 80-foot-long passage is small, only about two - three feet high. Formed by the river's floodwaters, this cave is where Daniel Boone purportedly hid from hostile Indians.

Recreation - Boone's Cave State Park is an undeveloped 100-acre parcel offering a secluded, quiet visit amid a rolling forest of mixed hardwoods. It is a day use park offering limited facilities. A picnic shelter, several picnic tables and a half-mile hiking trail. The closest fishing opportunity is in the adjacent Yadkin River. Hunters will find a portion of the Alcoa Game Land immediately west of the park lying between Singleton Road and Point Road. White-tailed deer, raccoon, fox, rabbit and quail are harvested annually.

Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Location - The park is located 14 miles west of Lexington via US 64 and NC 150.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Sheila Zuccaro (Lexington, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hi, my name is Sheila, and I am the new Park Ranger at Boones Cave Park. I just wanted to let you know about some of the park up-dates. We have over two miles of hiking trails,a new replica cabin 1740 style has been rebuilt, we offer nature walks, bird walks and we are home to one of the largest Eastern Cotton wood trees in the state. New measurements as of 6/08 are as follows 160 feet tall, 15.8 foot circumference, of the tree trunk, and is guessed to be about 225-250 years old.We now offer camping,tent only, and you must call two weeks ahead. We have a canoe and kayak access that will be ready to use the third week of July 2008. We have plans for more hiking trails to go in ,within the next two years. We have great fishing, and lots of butterflies, over 50 already identified. A Welcome Center is planned to be built this Fall.So come on down and see how much we have grown,I promise you will leave smiling and happy, wanting to come back. We have new restrooms and the pic-nic pavilion was updated two years ago. Food and Drinks are not for sale at the park so you will need to bring your own.Drinking founts are on site. looking forward to seeing you. Sheila- Park Ranger Boones Cave.

Filed By: Geralyn Cox (Greensboro, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We accidentally found Boone's Cave Park from the river while boating. This was about 10 years ago before the county took over. Although things were somewhat in disaray it was still a beautiful park. We fell in love with it and when we decided to get married we did so at the picnic shelter, over looking the river 5 years ago, just as Davidson county was taking it over. We have watched the parks progress over the years and think Sean is doing a wonderful job. He has made many signs pointing the way. He conducts bird watching tours etc. The park is much better maintained now. It is a shame that the original cabin was burned. I do have pictures of the original cabin. The trails are very well maintained and free of trash. It is definately one of my favorite places for a beautiful hike. I wish there were more trails and hope that at some point in time camping may be introduced.Great Job Sean!!

Filed By: Jim Daniel
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Boone's Cave was for many years an N.C. State Park. Lacking the size to qualify for a full time ranger, it was left to its own devices. This resulted in considerable vandalism including the burning of a reconstructed log cabin that several others have mentioned in previous reviews, and the decline of other infrastructure, and a generally shabby appearance. Visitation plummeted. It was finally determined to return the park to Davidson County ownership. Realizing the potential of the area and its natural resources, Davidson County is currently dedicating significant effort to the park's revitalization and ongoing maintenance. Included in that was the hiring of a full-time resident ranger who is trained in natural science. At present, there is much still to be done to bring the park to the condition that the County desires. Signage, informational kiosks, etc. are in the works as is a new interpretational program. Also, in the near future, a new "early settlement era" style cabin will be constructed, reflecting the area as it would have looked to a newcomer in 1750 and providing a focal point for historic interpretation of the area. Other additions in the planning stage are a canoe lauch facility and the inclusion of the park in a Yadkin River Canoe trail. In October of 2006 a weekend long "living history" entitled "A Visit with the Boones and their Neighbors" will give the public a taste of what life was like for the first settlers in the Yadkin Valley 250 years ago. My suggestion for the prospective visitor: come see Boone's Cave Park and watch it develop.

Filed By: INA
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Hi.We visited the Park yesterday. It was difficult to find, since there was not any sign on the road. Also for the Cave, there must be some brochure or any info near by- so the tourists will know the history of it, some remainder to bring a flashlight-on the i-net sites, right? I have read that in this park there have been the 5th higher tree in USA......but no info in whole park about it. So how we could to find it? Maybe some notice how big is the park, since when, what kind of animals,birds are there, etc..... I hope my comments were helpful. Regards: INA

Filed By: Lee and Shelia (Salisbury, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We visited the park on 18 Feb 2006, weather was cold, wet and some snow falling. His was the second time we tried to locate the park, missed it the first try. I found the facilities great, restrooms were well maintained, trails were great and the picnic areas had all new equipment. We parked at the pravillion and walked down the steps, (80 if i counted right). found the cave, took some pictures, but we did not have a flashlight so we could venture further back into the cave. We took the trail back up the valley (it was well maintained) and ended up at the ranger cabin. walked back down the steps, took pictures of the steps and then went on a short walk off the trail looking for an object we knew was hidden in the woods. We will probably go back when the weather is nicer and further explore the trial towards the cabins. We met one family (mother and four kids) as we were leaving. they told us about some of the incidents that occurred in the park, also, told us that it was better back in the old days. i am not sure what that remark meant, i thought the park was in great shape. I am not sure what improvements i would recommend to the park. maybe once i further explore what is available i will come up with something. thanks for a great day.

Filed By: Sean (Lexington, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and visited this park often. I now have the luxury of working at it full time. The park has been renovated and cleaned up very well from any past misuses. In addition, I will be at the park full-time to ensure that the park stays in its current condition or improves. This is already a great park with a couple trails and will only get better. For those who have visited the park please e-mail me with suggestions on improvements or new amenities. And for those wishing to visit please e-mail me with any questions you may have.

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Contact Information:
Boone's Cave State Park, Morrow Mountain State Park, 49104 Morrow Mountain Road , Albemarle, NC, 28001, Phone: 704-982-4402, Fax: 704-982-5323
, momo@ctc.net

Additional Information:
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.
The Triad Area - The Triad is located in the northern Piedmont area of the state. Comprising Winston, Salem, Greensboro and the High Point area, it is home to the once thriving tobacco industry. It is also home to the finest furniture makers in America. In addition, the area has an interesting Revolutionary and Civil War history.

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