Update: Restrooms on Morrow Mountain

A response to Vice Chair John Young:

Thanks for asking. We installed a temporary generator at the top of the mountain to operate the new bathroom and the communications repeater. We installed a secondary generator at the well house on the side of Morrow Mountain to provide power to the well pump and we thought we were in good shape. We opened the bathroom at the summit on Friday afternoon. In the last couple of days we have pumped over 5000 gallons of water, but none of it is reaching the reservoir at the top of the mountain. Myself and David Hearne have walked all of the water line and we are unable to find any wet areas indicating leaks. I’ve said all of that to say that we will probably have to ask A. L. Lowder to bring us some port-a-potties back to the mountain top and we will have to shut the new bathroom back down.

The contract has been awarded for the permanent electrical and waterline repairs for the top of the mountain and we are trying to set up a pre-construction meeting with the successful bidder at this time. I would expect that it will be several months before we are able to have bathrooms and drinking water to the top of the mountain.

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

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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