Morrow Mountain Summit to Re-Open Saturday, November 9

On Saturday, November 9, the staff at Morrow Mountain State Park will open the mountain top parking lot and picnic area for the first time since June 13. On that day, Morrow Mountain State Park and the surrounding area was struck by a fierce thunderstorm containing straight-line winds in excess of 70 miles per hour.

As a result, multiple buildings and vehicles were damaged or destroyed in Morrow Mountain State Park and thousands of downed or damaged trees clogged campsites, parking lots, roadways, and trails. Great swaths of destroyed trees laid bare many of the southern slopes of Morrow Mountain and the mountain top summit. Even more dangerous were the numerous tree tops and limb, damaged during the storm, and left hanging menacingly over the park facilities; threatening those walking, driving, or recreating beneath them.

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Park Ranger Promoted at Morrow Mountain State Park

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Park Ranger Jannon R. Murr

¬†On Friday, September 13, 2013, Park Ranger Jannon R Murr was promoted to the rank of Advanced Ranger at Morrow Mountain State Park. In addition to his emergency service and resource management duties, Ranger Murr will now be responsible for the operation of the park’s Olympic-sized swimming pool and the boat rentals and concessions located on the shores of Lake Tillery. A graduate of Western Carolina University, Ranger Murr has served as a park ranger at Morrow Mountain State Park since February of 2010. Prior to joining the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, Ranger Murr served the citizens of NC as a Special Agent with the NC Secretary of State’s Office, as an Assistant County Ranger with the NC Division of Forest Resources, and as a Deputy Sheriff in Transylvania County. Among other honors, Ranger Murr has achieved his Advanced Law Enforcement Officer Certification, and has attained Certification as a NC Environmental Educator and as a Criminal Investigator.

North Carolina State Park Rangers are commissioned law enforcement officers who patrol NC State Parks lands and waters and who are trained to respond to all manner of emergencies with the state parks, including: criminal investigation, search and rescue, medical first aid, and wildland fire suppression. Park rangers are resource managers and educators; using their intimate knowledge of the park’s plant and animal communities, mineral composition, and cultural history to preserve, protect and interpret the unique ecosystem of each park.

Greg Schneider
Park Superintendent
Morrow Mountain State Park
49104 Morrow Mountain Rd
Albemarle, NC 28001

Morrow Mountain State Park to Open Monday

On Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:00 am, some sections of Morrow Mountain State Park will reopen to the public. The popular park has been closed following serious damage from straight line winds associated with thunderstorms which occurred on June 13 of this year. During those thunderstorms, thousands of trees were knocked down or damaged, clogging park roadways, campsites and facilities and crushing vehicles, picnic tables, and trash cans. Seven park buildings received significant roof and structural damage when trees toppled onto them. Additionally, overturned tree root balls cut waterlines and damaged septic systems.

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Superintendent Schneider sends an update

Attached were some pictures taken today. You can find them in our Photo Album

Thank you so much for your interest in Morrow Mountain State Park and our recovery from the June 13 storm. At this time, Division of Parks and Recreation personnel have cleared much of the park roads and utilities of downed timber and dangerous trees. Most of the lower picnic area, the boathouse area, the pool, and loops A and B of the campground have been cleared of debris, though there are still multiple hazardous hanging limbs that will have to be addressed by tree surgeons. Park staff and volunteers have cleared the Campground to Pool Trail, Three Rivers Trail, Laurel Trail, parts of the Falls Mountain Trail, and are currently completing some very technical and dangerous snag removal on the Quarry Trail. The balance of the trails have been included in a bid package that has been shared with appropriate contractors. Depending on the bid price on each of the individual trails, we will determine whether the contractors will be performing the remaining trail work, or if we will clear other trails with park staff and volunteers.

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