What to do in Morrow Mountain State Park

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.

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.

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.)

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).

49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

Phone: 704-982-4402

Fax: 704-982-5323

Email: momo@ctc.net
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