Friday, August 7, 2009
Albermarle NC Mount Morrow and Uwharrie Mountains
One of my favorite places in Albermarle, North Carolina is Morrow Mountain State Park and the areas surrounding it. The Uwharrie mountains, Pee Dee River and Fall Reservoir. Great for kayaks, camping, swimming, fishing, plus close by is Lake Tillery, Badin Lake and City Lake.
Makes a great weekend get away from any where in the triangle area, Fayetteville or Charlotte North Carolina.
And no trip is complete without a visit to God's Country Outfitters for supplies, canoe and kayak rentals and more. See link and details below. Nathan, Tracey and family will always make sure your trip is enjoyable.
Morrow Mountain State Park is located in Stanly County, six miles east of Albemarle, and is accessible from NC highways 24/27, 73 and 740.
From I-40 in Greensboro, take US 220 South (I-73/I-74). Turn right on NC 24, traveling west toward Albemarle. About six miles from Albemarle, turn right on Valley Drive and travel approximately three miles. Turn right on Morrow Mountain Road, which leads into the park.
From US 74 in Rockingham, take US 220 North (I-73/I-74. Turn left on NC 24, traveling west toward Albemarle. About six miles from Albemarle, turn right on Valley Drive and travel approximately three miles. Turn right on Morrow Mountain Road, which leads into the park.
This stretch of the Pee Dee River between Badin Lake and Lake Tillery offers some of the most beautiful and pristine flat water paddling in all of NC. The sheer rock banks of the river coming down off the Uwharrie Mountains create a serene paddling environment. Paddlers will encounter waterfalls, imposing cliffs as high as sixty feet, bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, and absolutely no building or development! You can even paddle right up to the bottom of the menacing Falls Dam and stare in awe of the structure that is holding back millions and millions of gallons of water- just feet away from you! The Falls is truly a hidden treasure.
God's Country Outfitters also rents kayaks and canoes for groups and families. Clients may choose a guided excursion with one of our knowledgeable staffers or they may choose to let us recommend some of the beautiful paddling areas in the Uwharrie lakes region and then set them off on their own.