Tuesday, June 24, 2014 —
Want to take a nighttime peek from the summit of Morrow Mountain?
Now’s your chance. On Saturday the front gate of Morrow Mountain State Park will remain open until 11 p.m. so visitors can drive to the mountain’s top for a moonlight view. The peak provides a panoramic vantage point from Stanly County’s highest point.
“A lot of people have seen the mountain top, they just haven’t seen it at night,” Greg Schneider, park superintendent, said.
“It’s a neat view of the surrounding area. If it’s a clear night, you can see the lights of Charlotte.”
Park officials for the first time opened the park until 11 p.m. the last Saturday of May, with 212 taking advantage of the nighttime addition and with little advance notice, Schneider said.
“Folks brought a picnic dinner,” he said.
“It was a tailgating atmosphere, minus the alcohol.”
A summer haze usually keeps Charlotte’s lit skyline just out of view, but the surrounding towns and boats on Lake Tillery provide an interesting view.
Beginning in July, Morrow Mountain will undergo expanded hours as part of a pilot program. The park will open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m., an hour earlier and later than normal.
“A lot of folks like to come early and walk the trails for exercise,”Schneider said.
“Others like to come later so they can camp.”
A park ranger will be on-hand Saturday to answer any questions.
Motorists driving through Morrow Mountain State Park after 10 p.m. are asked not to enter the cabin area, group camp or family campground areas to avoid disturbing those staying in the facilities.
For additional information, call Morrow Mountain State Park staff at (704) 982-4402.
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