Morrow Mountain State Park

Albemarle, North Carolina

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The peaks of Morrow Mountain will surprise you. They aren’t the “big highs” of western North Carolina, but if you want a touch and feel of the mountains without having to make the trip west, come here. Relative to the terrain of the surrounding Piedmont, the Uwharrie Mountains rise to offer vertical relief and a mountain aura to the upper Pee Dee River Valley. Back in the 1930s, local residents noted the area’s beauty and strove to develop a park. Today the 4,700-acre park offers a large campground, more than 30 miles of trails, and water recreation on Lake Tillery, which is located at the base of the mountains. Normally a campground with over 100 sites can resemble a mini–tent city. Morrow Mountain, however, bucks the trend. Three separate loops are spread over a wide area, each with its own bathhouse, giving the impression of three individual campgrounds rather than one oversized tent dealership. A mix of pines, sweetgum, cedar, and understory trees such as dogwood shades the camps.

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"The peaks of Morrow Mountain will surprise you. They aren’t the “big highs” of western North Carolina, but if you want a touch and feel of the mountains without having to make the trip west, come here. Relative to the terrain of the surrounding Piedmont, the Uwharrie Mountains rise to offer vertical relief and a mountain aura to the upper Pee Dee River Valley. Back in the 1930s, local residents noted the area’s beauty and strove to develop a park. Today the 4,700-acre park offers a large campground, more than 30 miles of trails, and water recreation on Lake Tillery, which is located at the base of the mountains.

Normally a campground with over 100 sites can resemble a mini–tent city. Morrow Mountain, however, bucks the trend. Three separate loops are spread over a wide area, each with its own bathhouse, giving the impression of three individual campgrounds rather than one oversized tent dealership. A mix of pines, sweetgum, cedar, and understory trees such as dogwood shades the camps."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Albemarle
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Morrow Mountain State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Morrow Mountain State Park

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May 2018