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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 another day trip. It was spectacular. The clouds were awesome and the weather was perfect. Driving up the mountain provided such scenic views down in the valley. Badin Lake and the farmhouses...  read more »
  • We were there for 2 nights at the family camping and had wonderful time.. Stayed at camp C. Clean campsites and well maintained wash rooms. Lot of open area to play with friends. Loved hammock time an...  read more »
  • Great place to picnic! Always clean! Beautiful setting! Hiking trails! Been going here since I was a kid and never get tired of it. 
  • Terrible! We have been coming to this park for nearly 20 years and it's always been wonderful. However, every interaction with any staff at the park this year has been terrible. Rude, disrespectful, condescending employees along with policies that frankly seem meant to seem meant to dissuade tax payers from accessing the very park that their taxes fund. The current management seems to have completely lost sight of the bigger picture. Just an awful e pertinence every time we have been this year and we will not be returning.
  • The trails are wonderful, except a little narrow on the one trail we did. So if you have small children do not take them. The sights are breath taking. My family and I camped out at the park. The grounds are well kept. The bathroom is a little buggy my daughter said. Lol your camping. Plan to return soon.
  • Very nice park. Good views from the top. You can hike up as we do or drive. Plenty of picnic areas and camping sites. They also have a few cabins you can rent and a very large pool (small fee).
  • The best views in Stanly County! Check out the Kron House for a bit of history, drive to the top of the mountain for good hiking and great views, or just stop by the pool during the summertime for a swim.
  • Scenery here is beautiful! Learned some cool facts that I wouldn't have known had I not visited. Enjoy!!
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