Explore the most popular birding trails in Morrow Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Reviewed on a nice day in January. Fun little trail; great if you only have 2-3 hours to spare. Going counter clockwise (right at the split at the beginning) makes a gradual uphill start leading a steeper run uphill as you near the top finally leading to a long, gradual downhill. Going left at the split at the beginning keeps all of your uphill trekking gradual with a steeper and rockier descent.

View at the top is more of a rolling vista and less dramatic than some other trails, but is still nice.

Saw three deer briefly, not much else in the way of wildlife, but I was pretty enveloped in my audiobook and maybe at other times of the year you will see more.

I do this one regularly. Not too busy and a decent short hike.

the morrow mountian part of trail is moderate to hard but the sugarloaf part is definitely strenuous. its rocky and you climbing a mountain. great trail though

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20 days ago

Trail, was good however parts need a little maintenance. Wouldn't recommend for eldary people as large amount of stream crossings had no bridges (even wide ones). Overall the trail was nice with no large inclines or declines, but not many vistas either. But probably wonderful in Fall or Spring.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy loop through quarry (duh). Couple nice spots in the mini-falls where people have created spots to chill in the summer. Nice dog walk

hiking
1 month ago

First hike I’ve done by myself. The view was amazing! Coming back up the mountain made me realize I may need to exercise more. HAHA. I went off the trail a few times because I couldn’t find the blue markers but I eventually found them. Had fun and seen a beautiful view!

hiking
1 month ago

We have been hiking this trail in November for several years now. it always serves up lovely late fall beauty. Also the Uwharrie mountains are visible this time of year.

A very nice trail that can be completed in a couple of hours. 2/3rds of the way up it does get a bit strenuous while the descent is more gradual. Could do the trail counterclockwise to reverse that. The views of the mountains and lake are well worth the climb. Very clean and well maintained trail.

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2 months ago

We hopped onto this trail where it intersects the Sugarloaf trail, which cut down on the more or less level part of the trail. There were a TON of people...but that's probably also because there was some sort of festival going on as well. Seriously great views, though.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike! Go counterclockwise by river first! Boys 6 & 10 had a blast!

pretty nice if they can keep it open but most of the time it's closed for one reason or another they also use gravel that is not horse friendly at all

this trail is one of my favorites for a short hike with my labrador...we both get great cardio benefits and i love the ease of traveling the dry trails. I'm a seasoned, 65 year old female hiker with most of my hikes being in the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of NH. Always see deer and in the fall, it can have some pretty color.

Well marked, clear trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyable hike if in the area. We had a good time but not worth multi-hour trip by itself.

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4 months ago

Went counterclockwise. Pretty at outset, with trail right right right up against the river. Rocky, rooty, and many many many trees down throughout the hike - evidence of storm, evidence of prescribed burn - easy to get past or around, though. Mostly shady. Averaged encounters with other hikers about every 30 minutes - nicely uncrowded for the Labor Day weekend. Welcome breeze and semi-blocked vista for picnic at top, about halfway in.

Decent trail with sharp elevation changes. Very well marked. As an experienced hiker, I think this one is mislabelled. Don't let the easy rating fool you, it has moderate parts. The mountain you scale in the SW arm of the trail is quite challenging.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike in a beautiful State Park on a HOT summer day. Well marked but with 19 trees down across the trail none to difficult to maneuver.

Easy family-friendly hike even after all the rain we had. I went backwards through the trail. lt was a great idea because it was super muddy red clay starting out and ending up back at the start of the trail all the mud was gone!

if someone actually did the Sugarloaf trail it is NOT easy... Sugarload is strenuous!!!! and morrow trail is moderate.. do not trust the difficulty for whoever created this trail info.

nice little trail for the area.

6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. A lot more big trees down across the trail since last time I had done it. Some were difficult for this short 65 yr old out of shape hiker to do in heat, but I was able to do the entire trail.

hiking
6 months ago

A few more trees down this year, but manageable. Great day to start early and involve the family. Wife and 9 year old had a great time. Deer, chipmunk, Turkey, and Squirells.

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6 months ago

Fun hike only draw back for me personally is that it is a down and back. I prefer loops or distance hikes. But in all it is a good hike. Not really any steep areas, but a few moderate hills can be expected. The option is there to take the red loop (long loop) to extend the hike. Long loop is also a horse trail so watch your step.

Good trail. At some points challenging navigating the downed trees (almost got lost close to the top), but overall nice. Clearer markings around the massive downed trees would have been nice, but this is a trail I will definitely do again!

Good hike and the dogs loved it! Great views of the lake

It was okay. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a good view when we got to the top. It was a hard climb for very little reward. You had to go off trail to see a view. Wouldn’t do again. Great workout though.

hiking
7 months ago

Great for a weekend hike and not far from home. This will become a normal for me. Up a mountain and along the lake. Love it!

Incredible! Please be mindful of the first leg up to the summit. Many of the trail markers were missing as the trees holding them had fallen however that part of the trail is marked with orange tape tied around various trees. It will get you back on track

There are quite a few trees down that you’ll have to nav around, or hop over. Otherwise, it’s pretty easy with a gradual incline and nice views on the way up when you can see between the trees. Keep your eyes open - we saw a rattlesnake on the trail and a wild turkey.

hiking
8 months ago

Perfect for training down and up hills especially if you include Mt Morrow Loop

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