GetHiking! Piedmont Explorer: Morrow Mountain State Park


Curious about the great hiking opportunities throughout the Piedmont? Every second Saturday of the month, from April through December, our Piedmont Explorer Series takes you to a different location each month to introduce you to the region’s array of hiking opportunities. In April, we visit Morrow Mountain State Park near Albemarle.

April 6, 10 a.m.

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The view from atop Morrow Mountain.

Maybe you’re new to the area, or maybe you’ve been hiking in the Triangle for a while and are ready to expand your horizons. With the Piedmont Explorer we take you to nine destinations, each no more than two hours away. Some you may have heard of but haven’t had a chance to visit. Some you may not know at all. All offer great hiking not far from the Triangle. Our April hike is to Morrow Mountain State Park, about midway between Asheboro and Charlotte.

Where: Morrow Mountain State Park, Albemarle

When: April 16, 10 a.m.

Distance: 5.4 miles (Sugarloaf Mountain, Morrow Mountain trails)

Description: Two summits on this hike on the eastern fringe of the Uwharrie Mountains. We get to loosen our legs, before a quick climb followed by a ridgeline run to the top of Sugarloaf, followed by a quick descent through a tunnel of mountain laurel and holly. We settle in for some bottomland forest time before the climb up to great views to the south and west atop Morrow Mountain. Afterward, the park has paddle rentals on the Pee Dee River.


  • Guided hike
  • Comprehensive eguide for the hike, including custom map, route description, background on the area and other pertinent details for executing the hike.
  • Pre-hike gorp bar

Cost per hike: $75



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