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Morrow Mountain State Park 'Grave site by trail' © Henry Adrian Mills
Grave of Rev. William McGregor 1734-1804 Located on Fall Mountain Trail
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Morrow Mountain State Park
MORROW MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
MORROW MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
49104 Morrow Mountain Road
Albemarle, North Carolina   28001

Phone: 704-982-4402
Reservations: 877-722-6762
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Morrow Mountain State Park
'Grave site by trail'
© Henry Adrian Mills

Grave of Rev. William McGregor 1734-1804 Located on Fall Mountain Trail

Morrow Mountain State Park
'I See You'

Another example of how tame and curious the local deer population is. I was able to take pictures from my car while the deer seemed to pose.

Morrow Mountain State Park
'Heres Looking at You'

During my first trip to Morrow Mountain State Park, I was amazed at how calm and unfazed the deer were when they crossed the road and stood in the woods watching me as I watched them.

Morrow Mountain State Park
'Peeking'

This little deer walked right up to the passenger side of my car and watched me as if to say Can I have a ride

Morrow Mountain State Park
'Lake Tillery'

Observation Deck

Morrow Mountain State Park
'View from the Top'

Morrow Mountain State Park
'Lake Tillery'

The Boathouse

Morrow Mountain State Park
'Fall Mountain Trail'
© Henry Adrian Mills

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 Pee Dee River. Fishing, boating and swimming 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.

Park hours:

November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

March and October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

April, May, September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

June-August, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Closed Christmas Day



Park office hours:

8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays

Closed state holidays
Nature of the Area
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Morrow Mountain State Park.

To arrange a special exploration of Morrow Mountain State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Morrow Mountain State Park have been developed for grades 5-7 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Morrow Mountain program introduces students to the basic geologic processes of the Uwharrie Mountains. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
History of the Area
The discovery of artifacts in the area attests to the presence of Native Americans 10,000 years before European settlement. European colonization began along the banks of the Pee Dee River in the 1700s. In 1780, John Kirk, a Scotch-Irish settler, established a public ferry, linking the area to a major roadway. Local legends recount the passage of noted people, including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Jefferson Davis.

Development of the park began in the 1930s through the efforts of a local committee interested in establishing a state park in the area. By 1937, more than 3,000 acres of land had been acquired, much of it donated by the citizens of Stanly County. The park was opened to the public in the summer of 1939.

Early development of park property was a cooperative effort between state and federal governments. Work crews of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Work Projects Administration constructed many of the facilities from 1937 to 1942. Additional facilities were added with state funds in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the park covers 4,742 acres.

The 1800s are still alive at Morrow Mountain. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the homestead of Dr. Francis Kron, which is located at the foot of Fall Mountain. Dr. Kron, who was born in Prussia and emigrated to America in 1823, is recognized as the first medical doctor to settle and practice medicine in the southern piedmont of North Carolina. Dr. Kron traveled long distances to care for those in the area, practicing medicine until after the age of 80. A noted horticulturist, he was also actively involved in education. His home, doctor's office and infirmary, and greenhouse were reconstructed in the 1960s and appear today much as they did in 1870.
Cabins
Vacation cabins: Six rustic family vacation cabins offer the opportunity to get away from it all. Located in a wooded section of the park, each cabin has a bathroom, living room, fireplace, kitchen with dining space and two bedrooms. The fully-equipped cabins accommodate up to six people each. One cabin is fully accessible. During the summer months, cabins must be rented by the week; during the spring and fall, weekend rentals are accepted for a minimum of two nights. For reservations and fee information, contact the park office. Pets are not allowed in the cabins. Click here to download the cabin reservation form and additional information as a PDF file. Click here to download a cabin reservation form and additional information as an HTML document.
Camping
Family camping: Choose from 106 campsites for tents and RVs. Each site in the family campground is equipped with a picnic table and grill. Drinking water and modern restrooms with showers are conveniently located. There are no hookups for RVs, but a dump station is provided. Camp Loop C offers six accessible campsites and a fully accessible shower house. Campsites are available on a first-come basis and a modest fee is charged for each site. A maximum of six people are allowed to stay on each campsite. An amphitheater, where interpretive programs are often held, is located near the campground.

Primitive camping: Backpack into the woods for camping in a wilderness setting. 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. Fires are not permitted. A backpack camping permit is required and may be obtained from park staff. All trash must be packed out. Click here to learn more about backpack camping regulations and to download a backpack camping application.

Group camping: The 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 fire circle and grill, provide a wilderness camping experience for organized groups. Drinking water and an accessible shower house are centrally located. Campsite #4 is fully accessible. Reservations are required for use of the area and a modest fee is charged. Click here for more information about group camping and for the campsite rules. Click here for the group camping reservation form.

Swimming
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.
Boating
A boat ramp at the end of the park road will put you on the water. A small area is available for trailer parking.

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.


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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.

Single tables and multiple tables, along with grills, are available in both picnic areas. Picnic shelters may be reserved for a fee on a daily basis. Shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis when they are not reserved. Contact the park office for more information or to request a reservation form.
Area Attractions
Exhibit hall and historical site:

Explore the history of Morrow Mountain. 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 Native Americans, plant and animal communities, early explorers, and rocks and minerals.

Visit the homestead of a 19th-century doctor, Dr. Francis Kron, the first physician in the area. His home, doctor's office and infirmary, and greenhouse were reconstructed in the 1960s and appear today much as they did in 1870. The grounds are open during park hours and are a short drive from the park office.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 16 Our Favorite Place by debjd76
We have been visiting this park for almost 30 years. For the past 5 years we have taken our grandsons and booked cabin #2. The wildlife and hiking is wonderful. Look forward to this trip every year. WONDERFUL!!
July 24 Best all around park by Blueridgebiker
Morrow Mtn. has always been my favorite. My parents took me there as a child to go swimming in the pool, and it was cold. very refreshing. Now I ride my motocycle to the park every chance I get. Only a hour and 15 minutes from home. Nice ride through Badin Lake area. Morrow mtn views are spectacular and alot closer than my other favorite place Blue Ridge Parkway. Happy 75 th BPW.
April 4 who could ask for anything more? by a friend of the park
This wonderful park has all that any outdoor person could ask for. Great gentle or strenuous trails for hiking, beautiful scenery, wildflowers, laurels, river views, old homesteads, but most of all, a very wonderful, helpful staff.
March 6 My new favorite place!
This is where my fiance proposed to me. It was perfect, romantic, and an all around wonderful place!
January 3 Favorite park EVER by Scott
We love this park so much we go there every year and take out the boat in the water I just wanted to say this is the best park EVER.
December 6 Love to Hike by Mike Martin
Finding more and more places to see every weekend. Love hiking all the trails. The bridle trails could use a little tree clearing though. Now exploring the non-trail areas of the park and loving it.
September 24 I love this Park! I love the Deer! by Starla Daniel
I love Morrow Mountain State Park! Deer came right up to my car. The park was so clean and beautiful. I went to a birthday party on the edge of the mountain. Very nice! I could not take my eyes off the view from the top of the mountain. I ran into some people that drove their classic cars to the park. What great rides! I had the best time.
September 6
This place is awesome, think I will come down there today :)
July 26 It is what it was created for by Bennie Lee
It is a quick get away. It is exactly what is was created to be and for. We need to know when enough is enough for something.
June 23 Wonderful Park by Iowa State Cyclone 81
This was our first time to Morrow Mountain. The bath houses are extremely clean and convenient. The park was great. Next time I will bring my canoe! Lots of wildlife to see - deer, racoons, etc. Sites were level and well spaced from one another. Rangers/hosts were really great as well.
June 8 a beautiful place. by HARLEYMAN
WE RODE OUR MOTORCYCLES, WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AND WILL GO BACK AGAIN SHORTLY. THE VIEW AND THE PARK WAS MORE THAN I EXPECTED. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
June 5 by Paul
The picnic area/campground is completely covered with white dogwood trees. Go when they are in bloom. Just about now. Gents bring your girlfriends. A pleasant and romantic place.
May 10 Our favorite park in North Carolina by Robert (BOB) Burton
This is the nicest park my wife and I visit in North Carolina, we have been coming here for many years and plan on continuing our visits here. The Rangers are really nice and helpful when needed. Camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, picknicing anything you want to do. This is GREAT!!!!
January 4 BEAUTIFUL!!! by Happy couple from Florida
We traveled 500 miles to camp here and had the best time! A beautiful park! Nature at its best! The rangers and staff were outstanding! Everything we expected and more!
August 13 50 Years and counting by Loy
My first visit to Morrow Mtn State Park was when I was six. I have continued to enjoy its splendor since 1958. I have camped there in everthing from a lean-to to a motorhome. We have camped literally around the world, but Morrow Mtn remains on the top of our favorites list. You will not be disappointed. Any camping/nature area can have a bad day or season. Morrow Mountain has weathered many storms over the years but always bounces back to provide a wonderful experience. Save me a site !
August 1 Our Favorite Place to Camp by Amy
We love this place. We have been coming here for 25 years. It is very relaxing. You can sit at your campsite and watch the deer. Wake up to the crows. There are fun things to do. They have great hiking trails, swimming, canoeing and fishing. The staff is very friendly and ride by frequently to make sure everthing is okay. A fun place to be.
June 18 beautiful views by Margaret
We love to come here and look at the deer they are so tame, it is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy a picnic.
June 12 i love this place
i love this place i remeber going there as a kid camping wtih my parents. now later own down the road many yrs after the last time went there camping with my father before he died i now take my kids there and share the memories and trails and all that it has to offer . this place is has an amazing scenry lots of trails boating access fishing camping coneing rentals and alot more. its good old fashion out door fun where nature is been preserved
May 21 Our favorite by JTaylor
We have camped here many times. Great hiking trails, pool, great fishing. The Uwharrie River runs into the Pee Dee right across from the parks boat ramp. Nice place to canoe or kayak. The Badin dam is nearby too. We travel about 70 miles to get there, so I wish they reserved sites in advance. Nice hot showers and clean bathrooms......
May 1
sorry to say but this park needs a lot of work done to it. At one time this park was beautiful. I dont think they have kept it up as good as they could have. We have visited several state parks and know they could clean up better they have this one. It has a lot to ofter. Just Clean It Up
April 29 by Proud Grandpa
A beautiful park. All sorts of great recreation. Close to shopping and restaurants. Also,FYI,a number of campsites now have electricity. A great family place!
April 19 by NC nature lover 1122
This place is wonderful. You have a choice of nature watching, hiking, horse back riding and many more actives. This state park is beyond beautiful.This park is a must see to familys, couples, or anyone.


Area Campgrounds

Norwood Camping Resort
1216 Berry Hill Drive
Norwood, NC
704-474-3800


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Pilot Knob Inn - Pinnacle, NCBBs / Inns
Designed with Romance In Mind for your Perfect Romantic Getaway for you your Sweetheart. We are nestled in a wooded landscape, our individual log cabins are designed to provide you with the rustic charm of yesteryear along with the comforts we enjoy today. A six acre lake in walking distance from all cabins suites.
Web Site: pilotknobinn.com/
69.2 miles from park*
Bounds Properties - Sherrills Ford, NCCottages and Cabins
3.5 acres with over 200 feet of waterfront, Tuscan style Brand new home. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, Screen porch overlooking Lake, Deep Water with dock, Plenty of Parking. Paddle Boat included. Linens Included.
Web Site: vrbo.com/454862
53.7 miles from park*
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Directions
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.

From I-85 near High Point, take NC 109 south, veering right on NC 109/NC24/NC 27 in Troy. Take NC 24 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 Charlotte, take NC 24 east and veer right on NC 740. After about six miles, turn right on Morrow Mountain Road, which leads into the park.

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