Traveling for spring break can cost a fortune for a family. If you travel by car, the idea of heading south to Florida will cost a bundle. But we wanted to find a local place, relatively unknown you could travel to on one tank there and back.
We call it our "One Tank Trip". From our studios in west Charlotte we headed east on Albemarle Road that eventually turns into NC 24/27. About an hour and fifteen minutes later my photographer and I were shaking our heads. We had no idea the wilderness and beauty of the Uwarrie Mountains in Stanly County.
Morrow Mountain State Park opened to the public in the 1930's. From the moment you turn down the winding road that leads to the main office, you feel as though you're light years from a city. The road eventually leads you to the jewel in the crown, Lake Tillery. The Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers feed into it for miles of boating adventures.
This year the park opens its new boathouse. There you'll be able to rent canoes and paddle boats at prices that less expensive than going to the movies! First hour for boat rental is $5, and three dollars each additional hour.
Camping is a major draw. The big tall tree canopy makes for a wonderful outdoor experience. There are various types of campsites. And the facilities vary depending on which part of the park you camp in. The least expensive site will run you $13 dollars per night.
But perhaps my favorite part of my visit, were the small charming '60s cabins. There is an enclave of six cabins, all with enough room to sleep six, a nice kitchen, screen in porch with rockers, even an outdoor grill and picnic table. The prices vary throughout the year, but the most expensive weekly rate is $471.
Morrow Mountain is close enough you can make a day trip of it as well. And kids can swing in the park's Olympic size pool for only 4 dollars for the day.