The large field at the beginning of this 2.8 mile trail is an excellent place to see the abundant white-tailed deer as well as red-tailed hawks and songbirds. Climbing the slopes of Sugarloaf, the second highest mountain in the park, the observant hiker can see the typical sequence of rocks found on volcanic monadnocks. The steep trail that completes the loop offers views of the valley of Pee Dee River and Tater Top, a conical hill at the foot of Morrow Mountain.
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 see horse trailer parking on your right. Sugarloaf Mountain Trail begins from the parking area.
Distance: 2.8 miles
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