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Looking at Morrow Mountain State Park across Lake TilleryLooking at Morrow Mountain State Park across Lake Tillery

Enjoy the outdoors close to the city

Posted on 11 Nov 2008 by James Willamor

Looking to escape Charlotte and enjoy the outdoors and autumn weather without driving three hours to the west?  Morrow Mountain State Park and the Uwharrie National Forest are located just an hour or so east of the Queen City.

Looking across Lake Tillery to the Uwharrie National Forest

Morrow Mountain State Park is free to visit, and is open 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. The park features numerous hiking trails, public facilities, picnic shelters, camping, an overlook, and access to Lake Tillery, part of the Yadkin/Pee-Dee River system.  You’ll also find a recreation of the homestead of Dr. Francis Kron, local physician and horticulturist who emigrated from Prussia in 1823.

View from the Morrow Mountain State Park overlook

Across the Yadkin/Pee-Dee River stretches the Uwharrie National Forest, one of four such forests in North Carolina.  Here you will find trails for hiking, horseback riding, off-road vehicles, and mountain bikes, along with hunting, fishing, camping, and access to local lakes and rivers.

Looking at Morrow Mountain State Park across Lake Tillery


  1. Justin Ritchie 12 Nov 2008 at 4:12 AM

    Awesome Post! Don’t forget Crowder’s Mountain State Park with the easy to reach King’s Pinnacle, I’ve got a few photos up of the hike on my Flickr account, http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=90362898%40N00&am