Morrow Mountain State Park RV & Campground Guide

North Carolina

In central North Carolina, surrounded by the Uwharrie Mountains, you’ll find Morrow Mountain State Park. At the center of this 4,742-acre park is Morrow Mountain, a towering 935-feet peak that boasts breathtaking views of the countryside, canyons, rivers, and lakes below. On the eastern side of the park, Lake Tillery, Yadkin-Pee Dee River, and Mountain Creek converge to create sparkling blue waters as far as the eye can see. 

The area traces its roots back 12,000 years before European settlement when Native Americans used the mountainous terrain as a quarry to fashion stone tools and weapons for trade along the East Coast. In 1939, Morrow Mountain State Park officially opened, named after James McKnight Morrow who donated more than 1,000 acres to the park. 

Visitors come to the park for its wide open spaces and plentiful outdoor activity — whether that’s climbing up Morrow Mountain, paddling through the waters of Lake Tillery, or fishing along the shores of Pee Dee River. There’s also many opportunities for wildlife watching, as a variety of birds and animals inhabit the park including bald eagles, white-tailed deer, and chorus frogs. 

With endless outdoor adventure in a beautiful mountain landscape, Morrow Mountain State Park is a great travel destination no matter the time of year. Read further for details on where to stay, eat, and play during your trip!

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Weather
Spring 47-72 F
Summer 66-87 F
Fall 49-73 F
Winter 32-54 F
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Nearby Cities
Charlotte, NC
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Morrow Mountain State Park

If during your visit to central North Carolina, you imagine opening up your doors to beautiful views of the Uwharrie Mountains each morning, then consider staying in an RV. RVs are a convenient, popular way to immerse yourself in nature. Plus, unlike staying in a tent or cabin, RVs offer modern amenities like air conditioning, kitchen appliances, and comfortable beds, plus the flexibility to travel at your own pace. 

RVshare makes it easy to find and rent an RV near your home or travel destination. Close to Morrow Mountain State Park, you can find RVs in Concord and Charlotte and stay in nearby campgrounds including:

Morrow Mountain State Park Campground

Take in epic views of Morrow Mountain and forested hillsides by staying in any of the park’s 106 campsites, which feature modern bathhouses and limited electrical hookups. Hike up the summit of Morrow Mountain, jump in the swimming pool, or simply breathe in the fresh mountain air — all close to your campsite. Rates are $25 per night.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes 
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Bathhouse, grills, trails, hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, swimming, pool, museum, amphitheater, dumping station

Norwood Campground

South of the park, this family-friendly campground features 86 campsites with full hookups surrounded by hardwood trees. Fish for bass and catfish in Lake Tillery, take a dip in the swimming pool, or enjoy camp-wide activities including bingo and live music. Rates are $34-38 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Bathhouse, laundromat, camp store, cable, fire pit, playground, fishing, swimming, pool, game room, trails, dumping station

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What to Do at
Morrow Mountain State Park

Inside Morrow Mountain State Park

The Uwharrie Mountains are the perfect backdrop to all the recreational activities available at Morrow Mountain State Park, whether that’s hiking through miles of nature trails, swimming in the pool, or fishing and boating on Lake Tillery. There are several historical points of interest on-site including a small museum, which documents Uwharrie history, and the Kron House, which once housed the region’s first physician, Dr. Francis Korn. The park also hosts a variety of educational programs and events year-round such as ranger-led hikes, guided tours of the Kron House, and info sessions on North Carolina’s flora and fauna.

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Hiking - Over 15 miles of hiking trails wind through the park, varying in length and intensity. The moderate 2.6-mile Morrow Mountain Trail ascends to the summit for panoramic views of the area, while the short 0.8-mile Mountain Loop Trail showcases rock debris from the prehistoric quarry. 

Boating - Enjoy the tranquil waters of Lake Tillery and the Pee Dee River by launching your boat or heading out in a rented canoe. The park has a boat launch, as well as a boathouse where canoe and kayak rentals are available.

Swimming - Cool off after a long hike or beat the summer heat by jumping in the park’s swimming pool. Younger children can splash around the kiddy pool. Open from June to September, the swimming facility includes a bathhouse, restrooms, and snack bar. 

Fishing - Fishers of all ages can cast a line into Lake Tillery to fish for largemouth bass, crappie, perch, bluegill, and catfish. A North Carolina fishing license is required.

Outside Morrow Mountain State Park

Outside Morrow Mountain State Park, you’ll find plenty of activities to do, whether you want to continue exploring the area’s natural beauty and learn more about its Native American history. You can also check out the restaurants, museums, and entertainment venues in nearby cities like Corinth and Charlotte.

Restaurants

Off the Square

This upscale-casual restaurant serves New American fare and a great selection of wines and craft beers. Recommended dishes include shrimp and grits, French onion soup, and baked Brie. Sit back and savor your meal on the patio after a long day on Lake Tillery.

Type: New American

Location: Albemarle, NC

Five Points Public House

With a lively atmosphere, attentive service, delicious food, and plentiful drinks, you will certainly enjoy your meal at this pub. Try the blackened shrimp tacos, Sloppy Joe-waffle fries, or ‘create your own salad’ option. No matter your choice, you won’t leave disappointed!

Type: American

Location: Albemarle, NC

Log Cabin Bar-B-Que

This local restaurant serves North Carolina barbecue at its finest. Order pork your way —  chopped, sliced, or pulled — topped with their homemade sauce for a lip-smacking good sandwich. They also have hotdogs, hamburgers, and salads. And don’t forget the sweet tea!

Type: Barbecue

Location: Albemarle, NC

Pinky’s Westside Grill

This offbeat restaurant chain specializes in American comfort food with an innovative twist like the White Trash burger, Buffalo shrimp tacos, and crab puppies. They also serve an assortment of burgers, sandwiches, tacos, and cocktails in a friendly, fun atmosphere.

Type: American

Location: Charlotte, NC

Sightseeing

Town Creek Indian Mound

Built by Pee Dee Indians in 1150, this historical site provides a glimpse into the daily lives, community, and culture of these native people. Visit the ceremonial mound and village center, see artifacts and exhibits at the museum, or wander through nature trails along the river.

Location: Mt Gilead, NC

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Opened in 1999, this property has over 110 acres of flower gardens, sparkling fountains, and woodland trails. There are also special events year-round and kid-friendly gardens. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $7.95 for children.

Location: Belmont, NC

NASCAR Hall of Fame

This museum honors legendary NASCAR drivers, broadcasters, and other contributors to this sport. Get behind the wheel of the iRacing simulator or check out the many exhibits on NASCAR history. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for children.

Location: Charlotte, NC

Carowinds Amusement Park

If you’re looking for a fun-filled day with your family (or solo), then check out this awesome amusement park! They have scream-inducing roller coasters and rides, as well as games, live shows, and a massive waterpark. Tickets start at $56 per adult, $45 per child.

Location: Charlotte, NC

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How to Get to
Morrow Mountain State Park

The park is 6 miles east of Albemarle and accessible from NC-24, NC-73, and NC-740. 

From US-220, turn west onto NC-24 toward Albemarle. About six miles from Albemarle, turn right on Valley Drive. Drive three miles before turning right on Morrow Mountain Road and entering the park.

From Charlotte, take NC-24 east to NC-740. Drive three miles, then turn right on Morrow Mountain Road to enter the park.

Address: 49104 Morrow Mountain Rd, Albemarle, NC 28001

Entering Morrow Mountain State Park

Entrance is free. The park is open everyday from 7am and closes at 7pm (Dec-Feb), 9pm (Mar-Apr, Oct) or 10pm (May-Sep).

If the mountains are calling your name, then look no further than Morrow Mountain State Park!  Share your adventures by tagging us on social media or sending your pictures to [email protected]. We might even feature you on our blog or social media! Happy (RV) camping!