Morrow Mountain State Park lies in the Uwharrie Mountains of North Carolina’s southern Piedmont and offers a wide variety of trails for both novice and experienced hikers. We will sample of couple of trails to get a feel for this area.
The Morrow Mountain Trail connects the parking lot at the park office and the picnic area on top of Morrow Mountain. It is approximately 2.6 miles long one way. This trail utilizes portions of three other trails: Laurel Trail, Sugarloaf Mountain Trail, and Mountain Loop Trail which are all connected by the Morrow Mountain Trail. Rating of easy to moderate.
At 2.8 miles long, Sugarloaf Mountain Trail ascends the park’s second highest peak at 858’ above sea level. The trail is rocky and rugged in places and more challenging than many of the park’s other trails. Mountain laurel is prevalent along the mountain’s north side. Rating is strenous.
Both combined will total 8+ miles but there are more trails if this doesn't do it for you. There is also an interpretive museum which is definitely worth a stop. The exhibit hall is located in a building near the park office and is open from 10am until 5pm daily. The hall includes exhibits about American Indians, plant and animal communities, early explorers and rocks and minerals.
Pack a lunch, plenty of water, and hiking poles are also helpful.