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The geology, archaeology and precious metal resources of the Uwharrie Mountains are truly unique. We invite you to join us for our May adventure to Morrow Mountain State Park to be followed by trying your hand at gold panning in the adjacent Uwharrie National Forest, an area rich in cultural and natural history.
The Uwharries are ancient Mountains. Now worn down to rounded ridges, these pinnacles are the remains of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the eastern United States. This beautiful landscape is the result of powerful geological forces that began millions of years ago.
The first substantial gold strike in the United States was discovered near this area in 1799, and gold was discovered in the Uwharrie Mountains throughout the 19th century. A mini-gold rush occurred here during the Great Depression. Interest peaked again in this recession as gold increased to $1900/ounce.
Here's a map link and coordinates to Morrow Mountain State Park: https://goo.gl/maps/XLhU7 35°22'25.4"N 80°04'24.5"W