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Morrow Mountain State Park
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Morrow Mountain State Park
Description - Morrow Mountain State Park is located in the ancient Uwharrie Mountains along the Pee Dee River and Lake Tillery. Now worn down to rounded ridges that average less than 1,000 feet in elevation, these pinnacles are the remains of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the Eastern United States. Of the four major peaks in the park - Morrow, Sugarloaf, Hattaway and Fall - Morrow Mountain is the highest at an elevation of 936 feet.

The discovery of artifacts in the area speaks of the presence of Indians 10,000 years prior to European settlers.

Development of the park began in the 1930's through the efforts of a local committee interested in establishing the area as a state park. By 1937, more than 3,000 acres of land had been donated and / or obtained. The park opened to the public during the summer of 1939. The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Work Projects Administration constructed many of the facilities between 1937 and 1942. Additional facilities were added later along with acreage. Today, the park comprises 4,693 acres.

Park Hours: November-February 8 am-6 pm; March, October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May, September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am - 9 pm. Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.

Recreation - Visit the historic Kron House, doctor's office, infirmary, as well as the greenhouse of an early 19th century physician. Buildings were reconstructed in 1960 and appear today, much as they did in 1870.

Two picnic grounds are available with drinking water, tables, grills and restrooms nearby. Each picnic area at Morrow Mountain offers a picnic shelter with tables and a fireplace. Use of the shelters is free of charge unless reservations are requested.

Morrow Mountain offers group camping, backpack camping, family camping and cabins. Six cabins are available from March 1st to November 30th. To reserve a cabin, which accommodates up to six people, an application must be completed and mailed to the park. During June, July, August, cabins may be rented by the week only. During the spring and fall weekend rentals are allowed with a two-night stay. No pets permitted in cabins.

Morrow Mountain is the only state park in North Carolina with a swimming pool. The pool is open 10 am to 5:45 pm from June 1st to Labor Day. A bathhouse with showers and changing rooms is also available.

Lake / river fishing is available all year on Lake Tillery. The most popular sport fish in the area are crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, perch, bluegill and catfish. All regulations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission apply. Rowboats and canoes may be rented daily during June, July and August and weekends in April, May, September and October. Lake Tillery and the surrounding rivers provide excellent water recreation including canoeing. Rental canoes are available daily from June 1st to Labor Day, and weekends in April, May, September and October.

The services at Morrow Mountain include the Natural History Museum; Nature Exhibit (live animal exhibits during the summer) and scheduled hikes and lectures. Special presentations for groups are also available. Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)--Old as the Hills-Grades 5, 6, 7. Introduces students to the geology and geologic processes of the Uwharrie Mountains. Major concepts covered include: rock and mineral identification, the rock cycle, geologic processes, erosion and weathering and resource use.

A refreshment stand is open from 10 am to 5:45 pm for snacks. The stand is open from June 1st through Labor Day. Concessions are sold at the pool as well as the boathouse.

Morrow Mountain has an accessible picnic shelter; fishing deck at the lake; accessible bathrooms in the lodge; accessible swimming pool and bathhouse; six accessible family campsites with nearby accessible shower house; and one accessible group campsite with nearby accessible shower house.

The park is adjacent to Uwharrie National Forest which is the site of 1,000-foot mountains considered to be the oldest mountain ranges in North America. Some of the first gold mined in North America came from this region. There are footpaths and a network of mountain bike trails.

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 - Travel six miles east of Albemarle on NC 740. Turn right (east) onto Morrow Mountain Road and take it into the park. (The park may also be accessed via Rts. 24/27 and 73.)

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Unfortunately we had a bad experience here! The park was beautiful and the site we picked out 98 I think was perfect UNTIL we were attacked by the ticks!! I first found one on my arm and didn't really worry about it. Then I checked my dogs and their ears were covered. Next, they were on my kids and my husband. This was all within a couple of hours of getting there. We spent the night and left right away the next morning. We did call the parks dept to report the infestation of ticks, so hopefully there has been a clean-up since we camped. It really was a beautiful place. We were very disappointed. This was about 3 weeks ago, beginning of June 2oo5.

Filed By: Dave (Harpers Crossroads, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great park in the oldest mountain range of North America~ the hikes are peaceful and theres great views of the surrounding countryside

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you're willing to walk a half mile or so and rough it a bit at the primitive sites, you are almost guaranteed peace and quiet. We were there on a Memorial Day weekend and only 2 of the 6 spots were taken when the rest of the camp was filled by 5 pm Friday.

Filed By: JD Hunt Sr (Leland, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Even when the camp sites are full there is plenty to obscure the view of the many and center in the sites all around you.Albermare is just outside the camp and offers the camper anything forgot before the trip. Deer abound there in the park and my 4 yr old grandson got to see his first deer only a few yards away! Hiking , fishing, beauty is all around. A have to visit place in NC. We have camped in late fall and only a few other campers are present. Rates very high on the family list of places to camp.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My husband and I live near this park,and we have a 4 year old son. We love to go here and go hiking, swimming, canoeing...and the scenery is astounding. Well worth the trip.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Canoe trip with Scout troop. Group camping facility is really nice. Grills, picnic tables and bath house made the trip quite enjoyable.

More Information

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

Additional Information:
Charlotte Area - Located in North Carolina's southern Piedmont area, Charlotte is one of the south's fastest growing business communities. The area rests at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains offering a variety of vacation and employment opportunities.
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.

Morrow Mountain State Park - Official agency Website


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