Morrow Mountain State Park Fall Mountain

Albemarle, North Carolina 28001

Morrow Mountain State Park Fall Mountain

Morrow Mountain State Park: Fall Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This scenic loop at Morrow Mountain is one of the best hikes to the east of Charlotte. The loop starts near the banks of the Yadkin River and then does a quick “warmup” hike on the Three Rivers Trail. When the path returns to the trailhead, it veers inland on the Fall Mountain Trail.

The narrow dirt path travels through a beautiful mixed hardwood and pine forest and parallels a small stream before starting its gradual climb to the top of Fall Mountain. The ascent is challenging but manageable, and before you know it you’ll be walking on a level ridgeline. At the north end of the ridge, the trail circles back to the parking lot."

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"The trail starts in the northeast section of the park, departing from the parking lot for the boat launch on the Yadkin River. This exceptionally beautiful and equally challenging hike is not to be missed. If you choose to do only a handful of trails in this book, I would highly recommend hiking this trail. After leaving the parking lot, the trail begins to ascend quickly and steeply. The trail climbs to the top of Fall Mountain, where, were it not for the very beautiful forest surrounding the trail, you would possibly be disappointed that the views were not better. You get to steal a few far-reaching views through the trees, and more in the wintertime, before the trail descends steeply back down to the wide Yadkin River. The trail follows along the river shore for more than 0.5 mile. This section is very beautiful and enjoyable, not to mention comfortably level. Even if you don’t want to climb Fall Mountain, do this trail in reverse and just hike the level portion along the river. You’ll be glad you did. The challenging hills and climb to Fall Mountain make this trail an exceptional choice for fitness training, preparing for longer backpacking trips, and trying out new hiking gear before you take it on long expeditions."
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Jennifer Pharr Davis
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"The Fall Mountain Loop at Morrow Mountain State Park offers a surprising amount of variety in a 4.1-mile hike. The trail starts at the Yadkin River and gently climbs up the Fall Mountain ridge to reveal views of the neighboring mountains and Lake Tillery. The path then eases its way back down to Falls Dam and concludes with a peaceful river walk along a dirt track and over wooden boardwalks. The Fall Mountain Loop is a well-marked trail that is moderate in difficulty and above average in variety. The start of the trail coincides with the trailhead for the 0.8-mile Three Rivers Trail, which can be a nice warm-up loop and add a bit of mileage to your hike."
"Morrow Mountain State Park is a wooded, hilly area where more than 30 miles of trails wander over and between modest mountains. That means these forested summits give a pretty good shot at solitude. The 4,742-acre park occupies the southern Uwharrie Mountains, a range that mostly lies north of Lake Tillery in the Uwharrie National Forest and on adjacent private land in Stanly, Montgomery, and Randolph Counties. The park has a 106-unit campground for tents and RVs, with restrooms and showers, two picnic areas, a museum, a boat ramp, rental rowboats and canoes, six cabins (spring through fall), a swimming pool, and the Kron House, the restored home of a physician who served the isolated area in the mid-1800s. The park opened in 1939, and many facilities, including the stone poolside bathhouse, were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)."

Morrow Mountain State Park: Fall Mountain Trip Reports

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Great trail, some nice views of the river at the beginning of the trail, then you turn away from the river and start to climb. Open understory for most of the trail, with visible effects of controlled burns last year. A couple good views near the top of Fall Mountain. One of my favorite hikes at MMSP.
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Did the Fall Mountain Trail. 4. 1 miles. Pretty basic, nice and rustic for the most part. Recent high water "closed" part of the trail but in reality the signs seemed to have been left over from the week day. One footbridge was washed out near the end of the trail shortly before returning to the parking lot. Simple detour around was quick.
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My family and I have been hiking at Morrow Mountain State Park a couple of times now. The Fall Mountain loop had by far the best views, but a little on the long side if you have the little ones with you. Trails are well marked, almost too well for experienced hikers. Many fallen trees are blocking the trails right now, probably as a result of the drought. The best time is in late fall or be prepared to combat the mosquitos.
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My girlfriend and I took a day trip from our house in the Cosatal Plain, and were quite impressed that the trails had as much relief as they did for a Piedmont area park. Though it doesn't match the ruggedness of the Appalachians, the park is large, and you can easily spend two days here.

The Fall Mountain Loop trail has some nice flatland hiking near the river before you loop to the summit. With the exception of Morrow Mt (which has a road - yuck), there are no real views, as you are below the treeline. With fall colors and the river, however, the trip still seems worthwhile.

Hattaway Mt. was a short, moderatly-steep hike without any real summit views. Still a worthwhile hike to make the legs burn.

Morrow Mt. has a nice picnic area, where you can grab a snack after a day on the trails. Some pleasant views are had from the shelter at the summit.

If you are looking for a weekend trip, the park is a short ride from the coast.


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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5-3 hours
Boat Launch/Ramp, Swimming, Boating
Additional Use
Morrow Mountain State Park, 49104 Morrow Mountain Rd., Albemarle 28001; (704) 982-4402;
Local Contacts
USGS Badin; Morrow Mountain State park map available at the park office and online.
Local Maps

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