Morrow Mountain State Park

Quick Facts

Morrow Mountain State Park

North Carolina

(704) 982-4402

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Overview

Enjoy the gifts of nature surrounded by the remnants of a once mighty range of peaks. Upon first encounter, the Uwharrie Mountains may seem like a mountainous mirage. These steep, rugged hills, -unusual topography for the area, -form a stark contrast with the rolling countryside of the piedmont plateau.

Recreation is plentiful in and around the waters of Lake Tillery and the Yadkin / Pee Dee River. Fishing and boating are popular pastimes. Nature lovers can pick from miles of trails to travel on foot or horseback. And for those who want to stay and take it all in, cabins and camping are available. There's really only one word to describe Morrow Mountain State Park: variety. Use the family car or RV, horseback or canoe, put on a pair of hiking boots or dip bare feet in the river, or bait your favorite fishing pole-a visit to Morrow Mountain lets you choose your kind of adventure.

Map of Morrow Mountain (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.365265, -80.080682

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Activities

  • Boating

    For those without boats, a paved parking lot to the left of the launch by the boathouse provides a base from which to enjoy the surrounding facilities. Rowboats and canoes may be rented at the boathouse located at the end of the parking area. Available daily from June through Labor Day and weekends in April, May, September and October, small vessels are the perfect mode of transportation on the tranquil waters of the Pee Dee River and Lake Tillery. Pets are not allowed in rental boats.

  • Bicycling

    In all parks, bicycles are permitted only on those trails or other park areas specifically designated for their use.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Use the family car or RV, horseback or canoe, put on a pair of hiking boots or bait your favorite fishing pole--a visit to Morrow Mountain lets you choose your kind of adventure. Trail don't suit the use of vehicles.

  • Camping

    Each site in the family campground is equipped with a picnic table and grill. Drinking water and modern restrooms with showers are conveniently located. A maximum of six people and two tents are allowed to stay on each campsite. An amphitheater, where interpretive programs are often held, is located near the campground.

    The primitive campground is a two-mile hike from the park office. A pit toilet is provided in the camping area, but drinking water and all other supplies must be carried to the site. Open fires are not permitted. Camp stoves only. A backpack camping permit is required and may be obtained from park staff. All trash must be packed out.

    A group tent camping area is located near the river and can be reached by a gravel loop road. Six sites, each with picnic tables and a grill, provide a wilderness camping experience for organized groups. Drinking water and an accessible shower house are centrally located. Campsite #4 is fully accessible.

  • Climbing

    These steep, rugged hills--unusual topography for the area--form a stark contrast with the rolling countryside of the piedmont plateau.

  • Fishing

    Cast your line on Lake Tillery from the accessible pier or fish from the river banks. Game fish include largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, crappie, perch, bluegill and catfish. A North Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    Up mountain slopes, through hardwood forests and along gentle streams, more than 15 miles of hiking trails wind through Morrow Mountain State Park. A hike to the summit of Morrow Mountain is particularly rewarding as rolling hills, lush green farmlands and the curving river can be seen stretching out in the distance.

  • Historic Sites

    The park offers an exhibit hall and a historical site. The exhibit hall is located in a building near the park office and is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. The hall includes exhibits about American Indians, plant and animal communities, early explorers and rocks and minerals.

  • Horseback Riding

    Wander through forests, follow beautiful Mountain Creek to the river or ride the loop around the base of Morrow Mountain. Equestrians may enjoy the park from 16 miles of bridle trails, with trail heads and trailer parking located near the park entrance. There are no facilities for camping with horses. All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Motorized vehicles are permitted only in designated areas and not permitted on park trails.

  • Picnicking

    Have lunch on the summit of Morrow Mountain where one of the park's two picnic areas is located. A small, four-table shelter with a wonderful panoramic view of Lake Tillery and the Uwharrie Mountains is available, and restrooms are nearby.

    Swimmers and larger groups may choose to use the picnic area near the pool. This area offers a six-table shelter built by the Works Progress Administration. The stone that makes this shelter was taken from a nearby quarry. The area also offers a fully accessible, ten-table shelter that has wheelchair access to the restrooms.

  • RVing

    Choose from 106 campsites for tents and RVs. There are no hookups for RVs, but a dump station is provided. Camp Loop C has 22 sites with electrical hook-ups and offers six accessible campsites and a fully accessible shower house.

  • Water Sports

    A dip in the swimming pool is the perfect way to cool off after a long hike. Open June through Labor Day, all swimming facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities. The pool is served by a stone bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Project Administration. The facility includes restrooms, changing rooms and showers. Snacks and cold drinks are also available. Kids will enjoy playing in the adjacent children's pool. A modest fee is charged for entrance to the pool area.

    Due to dangerous currents and underwater hazards, lake swimming is not permitted from the park shoreline or rental boats.

Seasonality/Weather

Morrow Mountain boat house will be closed for reconstruction until 2011 season. Fall Mountain Trail is closed until further notice.

Directions

Driving

Morrow Mountain State Park is located in Stanly County, six miles east of Albemarle, and is accessible from NC highways 24/27, 73 and 740.

From I-40 in Greensboro, take US 220 South (I-73/I-74). Turn right on NC 24, traveling west toward Albemarle. About six miles from Albemarle, turn right on Valley Drive and travel approximately three miles. Turn right on Morrow Mountain Road, which leads into the park.

From US 74 in Rockingham, take US 220 North (I-73/I-74. Turn left on NC 24, traveling west toward Albemarle. About six miles from Albemarle, turn right on Valley Drive and travel approximately three miles. Turn right on Morrow Mountain Road, which leads into the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(704) 982-4402

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