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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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  • Probably the best views of Stanly Co.!! Fun drive up to the top of the Mountain! Once to the top, you will find amazing views and a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors! Couple of nice hiking triail ...  more »
  • Beautiful cool December day. Sunny and park not crowded being a weekday. Air was crisp and clear. Wonderful moderate to easy hike. 
  • The first Sunday of every year they have Old Fashion Days. It's a nice time to go. This year the weather was a perfect 73* and they had a large turn out. There are usually a lot of different people do...  more »
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  • A beautiful state park with abundant things to see and do. By far the best bet is the $5/hour canoe rentals at the boathouse. Stunning scenery by canoe of the mountain and the neat early 1900s dam a short paddle north. Lots of large smooth rocks lie just beneath the surface as you venture north, so be cautious when paddling.
  • Beautiful, quiet place for a few hikes with my family. Spent only one day and 9 miles over 3 trails. Got to see fall colors, wow! Nice river front as well as mountain views. Dense, if typical, NC foliage. Not all parking areas/trail heads have restrooms.
  • Stayed at family camping C. W/electric. Beautiful park, friendly staff. BUT we are seniors and travel with small dog. Campsites are overgrown. I understand park not mowing or cleaning up fallen trees in forest area, but campsites should be better maintained. Tall grass/weeds/rotting tree stumps attract ticks, snakes, chiggers, termites, ants etc and hide tripping traps. Our picnic area didn't have table as it had been moved and placed over tree stumps and tall grass. Too heavy for us to move. Dumping station's pavement capped away from pipe making it impossible to completely empty tanks. No direct trail to lake. Lots of potential, but off the mark. Bring bug repellent for you, your kids, your pet and your equipment.
  • Very nice getaway and the views are some of the best around. Fishing, hiking, and just general outdoor fun... good for families too! It's a good sized park and you can certainly escape the crowds down near the water.
  • Great hiking trails, but the best thing to do here is rent a canoe or row boat and explore the lake on the low side of the dam. Visit tiny islands and check out the wildlife. Bring a picnic.