Morrow Mountain State Park, Albemarle

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 is a nice park to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the day, the scenery is nice and the campground is also nice.  more »
  • We Love this park. It is close to home so we go for weekend getaways. The shower houses are clean as came be expected for being in the woods.  more »
  • Morrow Mountain State Park is a hidden gem for hiking. Easy trails and some paths follow the lake to the dam. These are not tall mountains like Asheville etc. The top of Morrow Mountain has great view...  more »
  • Gorgeous, and a great hike. Awesome views from the top! Also check out the old quarry at the top; humans have used it for 10000 years. The museum is small but well-maintained and informative. A lot of tree falls have happened in the past decade, so the forest seems a little sparse in spots, but it's totally natural. Trails are fairly well maintained but can be difficult to follow without blazes. An excellent state park!
  • Great state park! It's well organized and very easy to navigate. Didn't get a chance to try fishing but there were several accessible areas for this purpose. Also went up the mountain and saw deer and tried looking for arrowheads. Great view!
  • Hiked a 4 mile trail through the woods. Lots of up and down. Views of the river probably better in early spring or fall when leaves gone but trail was nice. Signage could be better, wasn't sure how to get back to boathouse area. The lake/river looks like a great place for boating. Canoe and kayak rentals available at reasonable prices. I'd like to return in the fall. The park is large with really nice woods and good trails. Some snacks available at boathouse. Didn't check out the pool or campgrounds. Pretty, woods and good size park.
  • I have been here on multiple occasions for hiking, sight seeing, and events. There are a variety of trails to choose from including easy walking trails to more difficult hiking trails. There is a beautiful overlook at the top of the mountain, very nice for photos. There are multiple easy to access bathrooms. Also in the summer there is a large pool with reasonable entry fees. You can even rent cabins for a close by getaway.
  • Great place for hiking and camping or just hanging out for the day. The reason for three stars is that they took the fishing pier down and you can't Wade in the water to fish and the only swimming is at the pool unless you have a boat. Nice camp sites, hot showers.

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