Morrow Mountain State Park Sugarloaf Mountain and Morrow Mountain

Albemarle, North Carolina 28001

Morrow Mountain State Park Sugarloaf Mountain and Morrow Mountain

Morrow Mountain State Park: Sugarloaf Mountain and Morrow Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This route explores the southern portion of Morrow Mountain State Park. The expedition starts near the park entrance and follows a winding trail through the forest. After crossing a paved park road, this casual stroll transitions into a challenging hike that climbs to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain and then descends into the valley before navigating the slopes of Morrow Mountain.

Morrow Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in the park but—at 936 feet—it is also the highest point in Stanly County. And while the trail travels to the roof of the state park, most of the views during the spring, summer, and fall will be at least partially obstructed by towering hardwood trees."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Here, you encounter Piedmont perfect among a relatively mature hardwood forest with little understory. There are good sightlines, though the rich canopy prohibits any vistas. You will, however, get a sense of just how high in elevation you are; look through the trees to the east and you’ll see nothing but blue. The descent from Sugarloaf Mountain is through a tight mountain laurel thicket that shortly gives way to an exposed slope where you again encounter a mature hardwood forest, little understory, and good sightlines. Morrow Mountain Trail has a pleasant enough approach, but come the base of this long-retired--roughly 400 million years--volcano, the trail plows straight uphill, gaining more than 500 vertical feet in just over half-mile. If you love a good aerobic challenge, this stretch can't be beat." Read more

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Trail Information

Albemarle
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Morrow Mountain State Park, 49104 Morrow Mountain Rd., Albemarle 28001; (704) 982-4402; www.ncparks.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Badin; Morrow Mountain State Park map available at park office and online.
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Dec 2018