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Best trails in Uwharrie National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Uwharrie National Forest, North Carolina? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in Uwharrie National Forest ranging from 3.4 to 18.9 miles and from 452 to 1,007 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Uwharrie National Forest, in Montgomery, Davidson, and Randolph Counties, was first established as a public land by the federal government in 1931, and later named by President John F. Kennedy. It is one of the most recently amalgamated recreation areas in the National Forest System. Spanning 50,645 acres, Uwharrie National Forest is a great place to see North Carolina's creeks and rivers, like the Yadkin River and Great Pee Dee Rivers that constitute the parks western border, as well as dense forests of pine and oak. The northern border of the Forest the is defined by the Uwharries near Asheboro. Unless areas have “No Camping” signs, camping is allowed in undeveloped areas of the Uwharrie National Forest and there are also a few developed campgrounds and with lots of campsites and picnic areas, including Kings Mountain Point on Badin Lake, where there are also boating opportunities and Arrowhead Campground, which is near a boat launch, nike, horse, OHV trails and fishing. In the forest you will also find ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, camping, and horseback riding. Off-road vehicles have a separate OHV trail system for dirt bikes that is open seasonally.

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#1 - Badin Lake Trail
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
This trail is a great day hike along the shoreline of Badin Lake. It is great for couples, kids or groups. Badin Lake Trail (Loop) is listed on the map as 5.6 miles. However, the area around ArrowheaShow more
#2 - Uwharrie National Recreation Trail
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 18.9 mi • Est. 9 h 30 m
Uwharrie National Trail is a moderate trail spanning the distance between Hwy 24/27 (Troy, NC) to Flint Hill Rd (Ophir, NC). It crosses several roads, the largest of which is Hwy 109.Show more
#3 - Uwharrie Trail from Jumping Off Rock
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
Uwharrie Trail from Jumping Off Rock is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Troy, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#4 - Lick Mountain via Uwharrie and Dutchman's Creek Loop
Uwharrie National Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(161)
Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
The trailheads are on Hwy 24/27 about 10 miles west of Troy NC. There is a parking lot for several dozen cars. In addition to the hiking trails there are also dedicated biking trailheads in the same lShow more
#5 - Dutchman's Creek Trail Loop
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 5 h 52 m
This loop switches from Uwharrie Trail to Dutchman's Creek Trail.Show more
#6 - Dutchmans Creek Trail
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 12.6 mi • Est. 6 h 4 m
Dutchmans Creek Trail is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Gilead, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offerShow more
#7 - Uwharrie OHV Trail
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi
Uwharrie OHV Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Badin, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road driving anShow more
#8 - Thornburg Trail
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Thornburg Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Asheboro, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily useShow more
#9 - Uwharrie Loop
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
All of the trails in this loop are marked with orange blazes.Show more
#10 - Keyauwee Supertree Woodrun Loop Trail
Uwharrie National Forest
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
Keyauwee Supertree Woodrun Loop Trail is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Gilead, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate andShow more
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