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.
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.
Morrow Mountain State Park
49104 Morrow Mountain Rd
Albemarle, NC 28001