Morrow Mountain State Park
J Richard Taylor
I found this hike on the way to a Hornets game in Charlotte. It was a nice way to take a break during the drive and decompress. I wish I would've allowed myself more time but enjoyed the one hour hike I took. There is some road construction going on near the park so I ended up having to make my way to a different entrance than the one Google Maps took me to. Once I was on the park road it was easy to get to the trail heads. I took a mix of the Morrow Mountain and Backpack Trails. Their entrances were near the museum and office parking lot. They were easy going and there was some snow on the ground still so there were some beautiful views. Not too many hills. If I would have had more time I would have found the trail to the summit and took it for the big views but was running out of daylight. The park closes at 7 so I wanted to make sure I made it out in time. It was fun hiking if you ever get close and I'll try to get back some day and give myself more time.
Park is huge and there's a big river where people can swim or they can do other water activities. There are special places where you can grill with your family. Nature is wonderful, you can just enjoy the view. I believe especially when it's autumn. I visited this place at the end of May. It was hot, but still worth to visit.
As a British man, we hardly have trails like this in England! And wow what a beautiful hiking trail to experience! Definitely recommend walking up the mountain for the experience rather than just driving up for the view. It's worth the walk! Seeing all the beauty that covers the mountain, the streams, different trees and the wildlife! Luckily the trees provide plenty of shade so you've not got to worry about sunburn
Did a new years day hike here and took the morrow mountain trail (2.5miles long one way) up to see the view. Its a really nice landscape there and the views are great, bet even better in spring or fall. Last half mile of the hike gets pretty steep so you should be at least a bit fit to manage this trail. Only aspect I didnt like, encountered a few of leash dogs running up to us and our dog - this should not happen since there is a rule to keep your dogs on a leash and not everyone is comfortable with unknown dogs running up to them in the woods.
Morrow Mountain has a great history and is a wonderful place to hike. It offered a variety of trails from easily to difficult. I enjoy that they still have WPA built structures on hand as my grandfather built many for the the national and state parks in those days. Highly recommended.