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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.

Fun but challenging trail for my wife and I. Lots of up and down hills so I would definitely say its a moderate trail. bring plenty of water because most if not all the creeks dried up. The trail itself is very rocky and has many roots so I would recommend hiking boots. we also fell several times due to rocks and roots.

hiking
18 days ago

What a great hike! We were completely disorganized today and didn't get started on the hike till around 3 or 3:30. The trail has lots of nice fresh white blazes today, so no worries about losing the trail, although we did have to look sharp a time or two when the trail turned but we didn't. It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so we weren't the only ones on the trail, but there were moments of pure quiet, of wind in the trees and nothing else, and we city folk don't get that often. There are pit toilets at a couple of points on the walk, and we parked at a picnic area (something Point) and there was drinking water we could pump there. Great to have a nice, hilly, woodsy hike with views of a beautiful lake!

hiking
18 days ago

Challenging steep trails. Well marked and thanks to everyone being considerate that the area is actually very clean. Very few leftover trash, like a couple or so. Some streams were dry but there were some that had decent amount of water to filter. Hunters were already present and there were gunshots at night.

hiking
1 month ago

all creeks are dry

Definitely not an easy hike in terms of terrain. I would not suggest it for young children, beginners or the elderly. Otherwise fine for everyone else. It does pass the highway for a stretch, but pretty views most everywhere else. There are several changes in the forest throughout. Not a steady uphill climb, lots of up and downs, roots and rocks. Not an active trail, lightly trafficked. I encountered a snake within the first mile.

hiking
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month ago

By far the best place for offroading in north Carolina. Has best trails for multiple levels of difficulty. Most of the park is great for jeeps with close to stock and some knowledge of offroading and above. Even has some challenges for even the most modified rigs. I'd suggest going on a weekday or non holiday weekend since the paths are tight and has limited turn off points. This park isn't friendly for jeepers that don't want scratches

on Badin Lake Trail

2 months ago