Morrow Mountain State Park
Located in the Uwharrie mountains, Morrow Mountain is the highest in elevation of three other mountain peaks - Fall mountain, Hattaway mountain, and Sugarloaf mountain. The park covers 4,742 acres and is the home of a variety of wildlife and the Dr. Francis Kron homestead. The park includes a variety of activities to participate in which includes camping, picnicking, cabins, trails, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and boating. There are over 15 miles of hiking and bridle trails, along with boat ramps on the shore of Lake Tillery and over 100 campsites for tents and various log cabins that families can enjoy and stay in.
Backstory and Context
In the 1700s, Europeans settled along the Pee Dee River and in 1780, a settler named John Kirk established a ferry along the river, linking it to a major roadway. The park developed around the 1930s with many Stanly County citizens donating acres of land. The park currently covers 4,792 acres.
Many visitors are also encouraged to, "Visit the homestead of a 19th-century doctor, Dr. Francis Kron, the first physician in the area. His home, doctor's office and infirmary, and greenhouse were reconstructed in the 1960s and appear today much as they did in 1870."1
Ecology. NC State Parks. Accessed 21 February 2019. https://www.ncparks.gov/morrow-mountain-state-park/ecology.
Morrow Mountain State Park: Activities. NC State Parks. Accessed 21 February 2019. https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/morrow-mountain-factsheet_0.pdf.
Eubanks, Georgann. Literary Trails of North Caroline Piedmont: A Guidebook. Chapel Hill, NC. The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.