Fall Mountain Trail

Date of Adventure:  03/08/2015
Type of Adventure: Hiking
Total Distance Hiked: 3.9 miles
Those in Attendance:  Luke & Christina Teague
Location: Morrow Mountain State Park, Albermarle, NC

Morrow Mountain State Park on the western banks of Lake Tillery is actually the closest State Park to my hometown of Asheboro, but one I am sad to say that I had not explored very much of. The park offers all sorts of recreational activities, from hiking, camping, horseback riding, swimming (pool) canoe/kayak rental, picnic shelters, and more.

For this trip, we hiked the Fall Mountain Trail Loop. If you hike the loop clockwise, this 4.1 mile trail begins at the parking lot on Lake Tillery near the boat ramp, goes west up near the top of Fall Mountain, then winds back down toward the lake just south of the Fall’s Dam, and finishes up with a walk along the banks of Tillery back to the parking lot near the boat rental building.

The 4.1 mile Fall Mountain Trail, rated as a "moderate" hike by Morrow Mountain State Park, gives some nice views both above and along Lake Tillery.

The 4.1 mile Fall Mountain Trail, rated as a “moderate” hike by Morrow Mountain State Park, gives some nice views both above and along Lake Tillery.

If hiking the loop in a clockwise orientation, the trail starts a gentle climb up the side of Fall Mountain. In this section of trail, there are several small springs feeding into a creek that the trails crosses then follows a ways before turning back up to climb.

Creek on Fall Mountain

 

Some views back over the lake are visible from the top of the mountain, especially in winter months when there aren’t leaves on the trees. Looking back over the lake, the view will make it seems like you have really gained elevation, especially since you began this hike on the edge of the water.

View from the top of Fall Mountain, looking back toward the Yadkin River/Lake Tillery. Photo credit: Christina Voncannon

View from the top of Fall Mountain, looking back toward the Yadkin River/Lake Tillery. Photo credit: Christina Voncannon

The trail will then begin it’s decent on the east side of the mountain back toward the lake.

Years ago, the trail actually went very close to the bottom of the Falls dam, but I had heard due to erosion, the trail was rerouted to it’s current location today.

Once you make your way back down the mountain and to the banks of the lake, you can still turn left and make your up the lake toward the dam where the old trail used to go. If you have a little extra time,  I would recommend it, this was one of my favorite parts of the trial.

Looking back upstream toward the Fall's Lake Dam. Explore this area if you have time.

Looking back upstream toward the Fall’s Lake Dam. Explore this area if you have time.

The trail along the lake will be the most crowded part of the trail because it is so easily accessible from the lower parking lot, but it is nice none the less.

Banks of Lake Tillery

Stream Crossing on Fall Mountain Trail

Fall Mountain Trail Loop GPX – For most GPS Units
Fall Mountain Trail Loop KML – For Google Earth

Garmin Adventure

For more articles on trails in this park, visit the Morrow Mountain State Park page at exploreNCoutdoors.com

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3 Comments

  1. We did this loop on New Years day this year with our dogs – fun little loop. We saw one of the biggest muskrats I’ve ever seen cut across the trail down near the lake and then hop right into the river and swim off. Thanks for the great resources!

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