Water, Woods, and Mou
Residents and visitors alike enjoy a trek to Morrow Mountain State Park. The peak of the mountain provides a breathtaking view of the Piedmont area for more than 400,000 visitors each year. You can pitch a tent in one of the campsites or cozy up to a fire in a rustic cabin. If you want to take a walk through a forest, the Uwharrie National Forest borders the park and has miles of well-kept trails. The park also borders Lake Tillery, a 5,000-acre lake and is perfect for water sports. Boating, skiing, fishing, and wakeboarding are popular lakeside activities.
Tastes of Fine Wine
Stanly County is home to more than Albemarle; it is the location of several wineries. Growing sweet grapes and making wine is a way of life at Uwharrie Vineyards. The owners are quick to tell you that winemaking is hard work, but it is all worth it when you take that first sip. Take a tour of the vineyard and then pick up a few bottles or a gift basket. Dennis Vineyards specializes in the Muscadine grape, a native North Carolina fruit. The vineyard is family-owned and operated, and you can also find their vintages at regional wine festivals and shows.
Albemarle is home to a couple of museums that focus on the area’s history: The Stanly County Museum and the Morrow Mountain Natural History Museum. The Stanly County Museum protects and preserves objects of Native American and pioneer heritage. The museum features several exhibits that fulfill this mission including Native American clothing, pottery, and art and a restored pioneer home. At the Morrow Mountain Natural History Museum, visitors find a small, in-depth study of the Uwharrie Indians. Along with writings, drawings, cookware, and artwork, the museum also includes exhibits on local plants, animals, and minerals.