Morrow Mountain State Park Grows by Over 20% With Land Donation

RALEIGH

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation accepted the donation of more than 1,000 acres to Morrow Mountain State Park in Stanly County on May 14. The donation, which brings the park’s total area to 5,881 acres, is part of ALCOA Corporation’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing agreement that was finalized in 2013. 

“This is a substantial addition to this treasured state park,” said Secretary Susi H. Hamilton. “Morrow Mountain has been a beloved destination for families from Stanly and nearby counties for generations. The opportunity to have this amount of Piedmont land for conservation, recreation, and education is extraordinary.” 
 
The property is situated on the north-northwest side of the park and along the Yadkin River. It will provide new recreational opportunities including new trails, water access, and potential for camping. Nesting bald eagles, timber rattlesnakes and the rare Yadkin River Goldenrod make their homes on the acreage with its large boulder fields, scenic vistas and unique wildlife habitat. It also includes the historic Hardaway site.   
  
“We are so grateful to have this addition to Morrow Mountain State Park,” said superintendent Jeff Davidson. “This major addition will conserve important ecosystems and make a little more room for recreation to serve nearby communities as well as the growing Piedmont population.”  
 
More information about Morrow Mountain State Park can be found at ncparks.gov/morrow-mountain-state-park

About North Carolina State Parks 
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 237,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 19 million visitors annually. 

This press release is related to: