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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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  • My daughter and I took her four children (ages 2,4,8 & 10) camping for the weekend. We had an awesome time! There is do much to do that the kids were never bored. We hiked on trails, visited the diffe...  more »
  • This is a nice park with several easy trails. We were there on a very hot July day and truly wanted just a pleasant walk in the woods. We walked the Quail trail (very nice) and the 3-Rivers Trail (goo...  more »
  • My husband and I celebrated our 10 anniversary riding up to Morrow mountain for the day. The scenery is breathtaking. I had packed a simple picnic lunch for us. It was a wonderful ride. Highly recomme...  more »
  • 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 and as 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.
  • Awesome park and nice camprground..I love coming here! There is a lot to do and the campsites are spacious. The camp hosts and Rangers were very friendly and we loved that they have church services in the summer. The reason I put 4 stars is because I would have liked to have water at my campsite. They have a couple water spickets throughout the loop but to me personally I would rather have water than electric if I had to choose. Also we have attempted to rent a canoe twice and both times is it was closed. Other than that it is a great place!
  • What a great camping trip! The area is beautiful and has lots of hiking trails and other activities to choose from! The canoe rental could use some organization and structure though
  • 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.
  • Plenty of wildlife, great camping, hiking, horsetrails. MMSP also has a great 50's 60's era swimming pool. It's large but not too deep. Great family destination!

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