Morrow Mountain State Park
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Introduction

Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Uwharrie Mountains, Morrow Mountain State Park is a nature lover's paradise, featuring over 1,000 acres of canyons, streams, and lakes. Located near Albemarle, North Carolina, this state park is a must for your next RV adventure. You'll have endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in a unique mountain landscape. From hiking and backpacking to birding and boating, Morrow Mountain State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures.

The mountain views of Morrow Mountain State Park are jaw-dropping, rising over 900 feet. You will love soaking in the mountain air while being surrounded by unique plant life. There are a variety of birds in the park and tons of native wildlife, from scarlet kingsnakes to chorus frogs. Historians will love the chance to set their eyes on the homestead of the first medical doctor to settle and practice medicine in North Carolina's southern piedmont area.

Once you park your camper at Morrow Mountain State Park, you can wander out on one of the many nature trails located throughout the park. The 16-mile Bridle Trail is great for horseback riding and hiking, while the Hattaway Mountain Trail is a more strenuous two-mile loop, where you can hike straight uphill after passing through deep woods. Morrow Mountain State Park is a great RV destination no matter what time of the year you visit.

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Transportation in Morrow Mountain State Park

Driving

Morrow Mountain State Park is easy to access by RV or car, since it is located just six miles from Albemarle, NC, off of North Carolina highways 24/27, 73, and 740. Local roads will take you anywhere you wish to go inside the park, from the Park Office and Museum to the campground and trails. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers within the park, so you will be able to get around easily, whether you're in your rig or another vehicle.

There are several options for parking RVs and trailers, with five lots throughout the park. You will be able to find spots at the Park Office, Kron House, boat launch, picnic area, and near the Bridle Trail. Of course, you can also park at the campground if you are staying overnight.

If you want to take a quick walk around the area, the local roads are paved and the Museum and Park Office are close by for your exploring pleasure.

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Campgrounds and parking in Morrow Mountain State Park

Campsites in Morrow Mountain State Park

Reservations camping

Backpack Camping

If you are an avid backpacker and wish to camp in a wilderness type setting you should stay at the primitive campground, which is a two-mile trek from the park office. A backpack camping permit is needed and may be obtained from park staff. This campground provides only a pit toilet and drinking water. All other needed supplies will have to be carried in and waste must be carried out.

Family Campground

Morrow Mountain State Park offers 106 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents year-round. The campsites are divided between Loop A, B, and C. All the campsites are close to the Park Office and each loop is within walking distance to one another. Campsite size varies but some sites can accommodate RVs or trailers up to 57 feet long.

Each site has a gravel or paved pad, picnic table, and grill. Amenities at this campground include drinking water, showers, restrooms, and a dump station. Loop C is the most popular for RVers since the 22 campsites here offering electric hookups. No water and sewer hookups are available at any campsite. Generator use is permitted except during quiet hours at night.

You'll be near the trails and parking. The front gate is closed and locked nightly with no entry out or in during this time. There is a two night minimum stay on holiday weekends. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

If you are interested in a bit more comfort you could also stay in one of the six rustic cabins at the park.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

If you are visiting Morrow Mountain State Park on a whim you might be able to snag a campsite. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis if there are any open that haven't been reserved ahead of time. However, reservations are highly recommended, especially during the peak season.

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Seasonal activities in Morrow Mountain State Park

In-Season

Swimming

Don't forget to pack your bathing suit in your camper so that you can enjoy a lap in the Olympic size swimming pool. You will find restrooms, showers, changing rooms, snacks, and cold beverages in the stone bathhouse that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Project Administration. There is also an adjacent children's pool for those that are not yet able to enjoy the Olympic size.

Swimming is not permitted from the park shoreline or rental boats due to underwater hazards and dangerous currents.

Horseback Riding

If you are an avid equestrian, you will love the opportunity to hit the trail during your RV trip to Morrow Mountain State Park. This state park has 16 miles of horse trails for your riding enjoyment. Bridle Trail is split into three different trails that range from the Long Loop trail that circles the Morrow Mountain area and the northern section of the park for you to soak up amazing mountain scenery while you enjoy a peaceful ride.

Hiking

You will want to ensure that you pack a great pair of hiking boots in your RV since there are 12 hiking trails to choose from at Morrow Mountain State Park that vary in difficulty. If you are seeking an easy hike or stroll, check out the Laurel Trail. This is a half-mile loop trail through tall undergrowth, enchanting creeks, and deep forest. If you are looking for a more difficult hike, head out on the two-and-a-half mile Sugarloaf Mountain Trail, which will take you through winding hills. Once you arrive at the top, the trail drops 500 feet in a quarter of a mile. Sugarloaf's summit is one of the park's most scenic viewpoints.

Off-Season

Picknicking

If want to spend a relaxing afternoon soaking in the true beauty of North Carolina you should head out of the RV and out to one of the picnic areas. You can enjoy a lovely picnic enjoying panoramic views of the summit of Morrow Mountain. Another great spot for a quiet meal is at the picnic area by the swimming pool, which offers easy access to Quarry Trail. If you are looking to host a get together while camping at Morrow Mountain State Park you can reserve one of the picnic pavilions.

Birding

Morrow Mountain State Park is home to 170 unique species of birds, so you will want to ensure you pack your binoculars in your RV. Some of the many birds that you can see include Pileated Woodpeckers, Northern Parula, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle's, and Eastern Kingbird. Sugarloaf and Hattaway Mountain Trails offer pristine opportunities to spot woodland birds. Other hotspots for birding are the waterways located throughout the park. Take an adventurous hike along the Mountain Loop Trail in search of Eastern Wood-Pewee and Scarlet Tanagers.

Taking the Kron House Tour

Morrow Mountain State Park features a historical site just waiting to be explored during your RV road trip. Located at the foot of Fall Mountain, the Kron House showcases what life as a doctor looked like during 1870. Doctor Francis Kron, one of the first physicians of the region, lived right here in this enchanting mountain setting that you still see today. Tour the home, doctor's office, infirmary, and greenhouse as you learn about the site's historical importance to the area. Tours are offered regularly throughout the year.

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