Morrow Mountain State Park

I know. I know. It’s been awhile.

Honestly, you haven’t missed much, with summer coming to an end and school starting for the girls we have been almost too busy to do anything else.

This past weekend we checked another state park off the list for the North Carolina State Park Passport program – Morrow Mountain State Park in Albemarle, NC.

From our house in central NC it took around an hour and forty-five minutes to get there which is a bit of a drive.

You can check out there website HERE if you are interested in visiting.

Morrow Mountain State Park features more than 15 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of bridle trails thread the park, reaching from the summit of Morrow Mountain to Lake Tillery, where a boathouse offers canoes and rowboats for rent and bait for fishing. Visitors can launch their own craft from a boat ramp. A family campground with 106 sites for tents, trailers and RVs is close by a swimming pool with bathhouse. Group camping, remote backpack camping and rustic vacation cabins give more choices for extended stays according to the blurb on their page.

So what did we think? The road to get into the park is long and winding and once you find the park office there is not tons of direction regarding where the trails are in my opinion. We ended up hiking the Laurel Trail which is a short 0.60 mile
loop with not alot to see. It does follow a little creek that is pretty though.

The map above makes the park seem a lot less complicated than it was. Once you get in there it was hard to determine where the trailheads WERE honestly.

We drove down to the lake and boat launch and walked a few minutes down the beginning of the VERY crowded Fall Mountain Trail so my husband could spend a few minutes fishing.

The area of trail that runs beside the lake is really crowded and I decided not to hike the Fall Mountain Trail once I realized that there is no view during the summer (due to tree cover I am guessing).

The rest of the trails are listed as “challenging” and I wasn’t sure we were up to dragging my six year old up the side of a mountain so late in the day so we decided to venture home.

This is a park that I would love to return to later in the fall when the weather is cooler and possibly as part of a group – there are several mountain trails that looked interesting and are supposed to afford nice views at the summit.

It was 90 degrees the day we went and just didnt seem like a good time.

Until the next adventure……

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