Easy to moderate hiking trails cut through dense forest and traversing an ancient, if somewhat diminished, mountain range. Lots of hiking options lead to expansive views of surrounding farmland or a gentle stroll along the slow moving Yadkin River and up close view of the dam. Even on busy days, many of the park trails can seem deserted as there’s plenty of room to roam.
What Makes It Great
A long, long time ago, in a county not so far away, incredible geographic forces pushed and heaved the Uwharrie Mountains tens of thousands of feet into the sky. Never one to let well enough alone, Mother Nature used her common redecorating tricks - wind and water- to erode these ancient mountains to 1000 feet or less. Morrow Mountain is among the highest of these weather worn peaks at 936 feet.
As a contrast to the lower lying eastern piedmont, the Uwharrie Mountains still remain a formidable change to the otherwise rolling farmland that surrounds them. Fifteen miles of hiking trails wind around, and over, the stunted peaks, providing ample opportunities for forest ambling and wide open views.
The trail system at Morrow Mountain State Park is composed of several mostly-connected loop paths. The 4-mile Fall Mountain Trail includes a pleasant walk near the Yadkin River and the Mountain Loop trail is home to some of the best views of the park.
Besides hiking, the Yadkin River and Lake Tillery are first rate flat water paddling options with slow moving waters and abundant wildlife viewing. Primitive and group camping are available onsite.
Who is Going to Love It
While there are some moderately strenuous trails in the park, like the Sugarloaf trail, many are rated as easy. This, plus several picnic areas make Morrow a good choice for families. More experienced hikers can easily string together some decent mileage along Morrow’s 15 mile trail system. Dogs love morrow for the wide open trails and lack of rock scrambling.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There are multiple parking areas at Morrow Mountain. The most popular for hikers is the main ranger station in the middle of the park. There are bathrooms and drinking water and several of the most walked trails being from the parking lot. If you’d rather begin your hike at the highest point and work down, there is a parking lot at the top of Morrow Mountain.
Dogs are allowed on all hiking trails. Since they intersect with equestrian trails it’s best to keep them leashed.