ElevationAscent: 892' 272 m
Descent: -892' -272 m
High: 878' 268 m
Low: 363' 111 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
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“Climb from the park office to the summit of Morrow Mountain—the highest point in the park.”— Amber Scott
Family Friendly For the first 2.0 miles, the trail is flat and easy, making it totally doable for kids. The hike to Morrow Mountain's summit is steep, but older kids could definitely handle it.
Emerging from the wooded and quiet Morrow Mountain Trail to the Morrow Mountain Loop Trail at the summit can be a jarring experience—the summit of Morrow Mountain is easily accessible by car which makes it a popular and very busy viewpoint. But the views are worth it. From the summit of Morrow Mountain, along the Morrow Mountain Loop Trail, you can see the Pee Dee River to the west, Badin Lake to the north, and Lake Tillery and Stony Mountain to the south. Most of the view to the northeast is the Uwharrie National Forest.
After enjoying the views and perhaps a picnic lunch, head back down the way you came to return to the park office.
While the first two miles of the route are pretty flat, the trail is rocky. The soil can become quite slippery when wet, which can make the final, steep, half mile of the trail quite challenging. There are also a few creek crossings. The trail is marked with triangular, blue blazes, but they can sometimes be hard to spot.
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Land Manager: North Carolina State Parks - Morrow Mountain State Park