Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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.

15 days 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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

We knew to follow the blue triangles but still got turned around. There is a sign before the incline at the end and after reading it it seemed to me to take what ended up being the turn that takes you up the road to the top. It was too late to turn back. Probably my fault but as a newbie to hiking I feel the signs could have been more clear as to where to go. The viewing area for the best photo is not very big, a small platform. It would have been nice to have more of them or a bigger one. Going down the mountain was tough. I rolled on the small gravel a couple of times as they were very pebbly.

Awesome afternoon hike. Takes about 1.5 hours at a good pace. The trails in good condition and the views are nice. I suggest going counterclockwise if you prefer having a steep short climb toward the top, and then a gradual descent.

Nice hike through the woods. Has a few small creeks to cross. Trail is easily marked.

We had plans to do Sugarloaf but due to the weather we decided to just do the loop and have a small picnic. The views were breathtaking and my son had a blast hiking the loop.

I went the weekend after the controlled burn. Lost the trail for a little ways when I ambled around that giant felled oak near the peak, but I moved toward the ridge and picked it back up. It was unbelievably beautiful despite the ash, with amazing views of the valley and the lake. Most of the trail is pretty easy, and the strenuous segment (maybe 2/3rds of the way through the loop) is well worth it. I picked up the trail on the Bridle Trail side (the first right turn once you’ve entered the park). Can’t wait to go back in Spring to see the regrowth.

Easy walk, some nice views along the river

Great hike, a bit cold but not bad. Great views with no leaves on the trees and saw more deer than people! The parts of the trail going up the mountains are pretty steep but both are fairly short (

This is an easy trail but you have to watch your footing. Views of the valley are unmatched in the fall.

Morrow Mountain has several trails and I his one is moderately easy with only a few climbs. The views are fantastic and the trail is well marked.

6 months ago

For the most part moderate is correct. The uphill 1.5 mile at the end is rough on 60 year old man

6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Can be a bit slippery with autumn leaves and quite steep at the top. Just FYI, the directions lead you to the top of the mountain to park, and the trail is then down and back up (out and back). Opposite my preference.

Nice views from this trail that loops the top of Morrow Mountain summit parking area. Good facilities for family picnics. I lowered the score to 2 stars bc the trail is loose gravel and narrow in some areas so the possibility of slipping off on the steep sides is a worry. Saw a lot of Eastern Bluebird and Dark-eyed Junco.

Amazing hike and Amazing veiw. probably good idea to use hiking boots, hiking stick, bring snacks and hiking kit.

7 months ago

This was a decent trail. Wish there were more views from up top but the river walk at the end was really nice. So much burn area there was a horrible stench of burnt wood most of the hike. Would recommend more in the fall/winter for more views.

7 months ago

First trail, great run/hike. Can not wait for hiking the Appalachian trail this trail has helped me believe I can do anything that I put my mind to it.

Moderate trail going down, not so moderate coming back up but still enjoyable

Moderate trail but last climb to top is strenuous. Beautiful views if leaves are sparse. Great day trip from Raleigh area. Pack a picnic lunch or BBQ. Picnic benches and clean bathroom accommodations at the top. Parking available at top of mountain or by the museum and you can access the trails from either location. Noticed they had a shelter/pavilion that is available to reserve.

This is more strenuous than moderate. Nice views if the skies are clear.

Great loop trail for a quick workout.

Not a trail for beginners. Lots of burned wood from controlled fires. Nice change in surroundings as you go up and down in elevation. Moderately trafficked. Nice area at the summit to take a break and some pictures before going back down. Wear the appropriate shoes for roots and rocks.

8 months ago

We a had a great time camping here. Highly recommended...

8 months ago

Worth it when you get to the top! Bring lots of water!!

I gave the trail 4 stars, but I'd give the wild life experience this trip 5 stars since about a quarter of a mile in, at the top of a wooded knoll, my wife and I came upon three spring born deer younglings that, surprisingly, did not turn tail and run. We observed each other for upwards of 10 minutes until our teenage daughter and her friend tramped noisily up the slope. It was quite a sight. Anyway, we did the loop from the horse trailer parking clockwise so the climb to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain was a nice mixture of gradual inclines interspersed with slightly steeper climbs--not bad at all. The occasional views of the Pee Dee River off to the right were nice and the open woodland and quartzite strewn landscape were pleasant to pass through. The backside trail was much steeper and the last third of the trail, before connecting with the Morrow Mountain Trail, was a mess of windfall trees with many, often quite difficult zig-zag up and down slope detours. It was challenging but certainly doable. The rest of the loop, especially where it coincided with the Morrow Mountain Trail was mostly pleasant rolling hills and a good rest after the climb and somewhat tricky decent. While the views are not spectacular, the landscape and its fauna and flora is interesting even in this rather interstitial season. Spring, when the Mountain Laurel is blooming, and late Autumn with the changing foliage, are usually more spectacular here!

Pretty views but not much there, about a 15 mins hike

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