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Morrow Mountain State Park, Albemarle

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Morrow Mountain State Park is a state park in Stanly County, North Carolina, USA. Located near Albemarle, 4,496acre within the Uwharrie Mountains.GeographyMorrow Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Uwharrie Mountains of central North Carolina. When first formed, these mountains rose to nearly 20000ft above sea level, but erosion has gradually worn them down to little more than high hills 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.The park contains several peaks, of which Morrow Mountain is a high point at 936ft.The mountain rises some 400ft above the surrounding lower terrain, and on a clear day offers superb views of the surrounding countryside. In addition to the mountains, the park also contains the Yadkin-Pee Dee River, one of central North Carolina's largest river systems. The river can be seen from the overlook atop Morrow Mountain.HistoryThe discovery of artifacts in the area attests to the presence of Native Americans at least 12,000 years before European settlement. Morrow Mountain was the site of one of the largest quarries in the Piedmont of today’s North and South Carolina. Just a little east of the small town of Badin, in northeastern Stanly County, is an archeological dig location known as the Hardaway Site; and it has been a treasure trove for scholars and enthusiasts for decades. Stone tools and weapon points by the thousands have been excavated, and represent one of the most extensive bodies of Native American stone work in existence. The Hardaway Site has been referred to as "The Remington Arms Factory of 10,000 BC", but the raw material for those weapon points and tools came primarily from one location: the top of Morrow Mountain, about 5 miles away. Tools made from this stone,( rhyolite, or more accurately for this specific stone: rhyodacite).were traded among native peoples and have been found from Maine to Florida.
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  • This was a last minute decision for us. So much to do swimming pool, boating rentals or bring your own, trails, fishing, Tent, RV camping, cabin rentals and so clean. It was Memorial Day weekend and a...  more »
  • My husband went there and was impressed with the geologic history, but he's a geology nut. It's a mountain that has served a a stone quarry for thousands of years for tool and weapon production throug...  more »
  • Staying with a good friend and she took me to her favorite hiking spot. Very serene and the mountain laurels were in full bloom. Just beautiful! I love to hike!  more »
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  • This is another one of my gems. This is another place that is MOSTLY free. There are some things here that require a fee. But the view is great. Anyone who loves photography, I recommend this place. If you are lucky a wild deer will even pose for you to take a photo of. It's beautiful on this small but pictureous Mountain.
  • This was a great park to visit. Great trails and wasn't busy at all. You can rent canoes and venture out on the lake, hike a little, camp out or just head over for a daily picnic. This will be a park we will be visiting again.
  • I've lived here my whole life. Morrow Mountain is one of the places I go to, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and relax. If you visit here someday, you will, more than likely, see a nice mixture of motorcycles...bikers often visit this place too!
  • Beautiful sights, a lake, hiking trails and tons of stuff to do. We stayed in the rental cabins and they were a great value. There is no cellular service anywhere but up on the scenic mountaintop, which is a good thing.
  • It's a nice view from the top (for the area,) and has some good hikes. Unfortunately many were closed for a controlled burn when we went, which wasn't posted on the website. Would've been really nice to know. Might not be a bad idea to call first just to double-check. There is a picnic area at the top with a few grills. You can hike or drive to the top.