This relatively rugged trail offers a bit more of a wilderness experience than the other trails. Hiking boots are recommended for crossing the sharp fragments of rhyolite and other volcanic rocks outcropping near the Falls Dam. Fall Mountain sports many interesting flowering shrubs, including mountain laurel, horse-sugar, azalea and witch hazel. Cliff-like rock outcrops afford good views of the Yadkin River, with its maze of islands and relatively swift waters. This portion of the trail affords the opportunity of seeing birds such as the kingfisher, great blue heron, osprey, wood duck and pileated woodpecker.
Directions: From Albemarle, NC, Travel six miles east of Albemarle on NC 740. Turn right (east) onto Morrow Mountain Road and take it into the park. Travel past the park gate and the park residences and you will come to a fork in the road. Bear left and travel to the boat launch. The trail begins either near the boathouse or on the northeastern end of the boat launch parking lot.
Elevation: 820 feet
Elevation Gain: Less than feet
Distance: 4.1 miles
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