Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Uwharrie National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I slept in my car at Yates place. Ran the trail heading south on Uhwarrie and then back on Dutchman’s creek. My gps put it at a little over 20 miles and close to 4000ft elevation and it felt every bit of that. Great training run!!

Just hiked this with 20 Boy Scouts - we went North-South. Great weekend trek that accomodates both tents and hammocks alike. Hiked in 6 Friday night, 12 on Saturday and an easy 2 out Sunday morning (point to point - it takes about 25 minutes each way to ferry cars between the trailheads). Definitely achievable by most skill levels. Plenty of established campsites along the trail. Only note of caution, take advantage of your available water sources if it's been a dry season.

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blowdown
28 days ago

Nice even trail. Still some old blow down but not bad. Beautiful fall day for a hike

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1 month ago

First trail run in months!

very well maintained and blazed. i started off going north on uwharrie trail for about 1.5 miles and had to turn back to do the actual 10 mile loop for a total of 13. took me 4.5 hours or so to complete counterclockwise. lick mountain had some challenging climbs and had i gone clockwise, the rocky section on it would probably have been more difficult. there were running streams spread throughout the whole hike. there are campsites with rock fire rings spread throughout the trail so its perfect for backpacking. probably 2 per mile of trail that i saw. i will definitely be coming back for more overnight stays. i slept about a half mile from yates place campground on uwharrie trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

Took sometime driving around trying to find the trail. Trail wasn't very well marked. Ended up out of the woods and walked 2 miles on the road back to where we were parked which was the Cove boat ramp. Would of been a great trail if better marked. Did run into some squatters and campers along the trail. The view of the lake was nice

Hiked the Uwharrie NRT from NC-24/27 trailhead to Jumping-Off Rock trailhead and back on September 22-26 (Sunday evening to Thursday). Trail mostly deserted of mammals (saw only one squirrel, another camper, and two day hikers. With the recent dry weather stretch, water sources proved challenging. Other folks more experienced on the NRT or luckier may find more sources, but here's what I saw for reliable water during that time: from NC-22/27 north to NC-109, Wood Run Creek (a few spots) and Big Island Creek (solid at trail crossing); and past NC-109, Cattail Creek, Spencer Creek, and Barnes Creek near the Jumping-Off Rock Trailhead.

I went on a Thursday mostly deserted . The trail was well marked . I enjoyed it . Going back soon to walk the entire trail.

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blowdown
2 months ago

This trail deserves nothing less than one star. I met my date at what was supposed to be the trail head. After searching for several minutes to no avail, we decided to Lewis and Clark it through the woods in the general direction until we found it. The trail provided a delightful mixture of lake views, homeless camps, or the occasional discarded soiled tighty whitey. The egrets and cranes are a pleasant distraction from the discarded trash or car tires. Be sure to say hi to the friendly multitude of campers as you pass directly through their campsites. Overall, you will get your money's worth here, as the 5.2 miles will be the longest of your life, and not due to the difficulty. You will likely welcome coming to the end, if you so choose to endure it. The overall experience was so amazing that I will bask in my memories for years to come. Side note, my trail choosing privileges have been temporarily been revoked.

Have just walked 3.5 miles in and back from southern end. Nice challenging moderate trail for my wife and I on a hot late Aug. afternoon. Will go back hopefully for point to point on longer outing when a bit cooler.

Good trail overall. A couple of rock scrambles.

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bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Nice hike but I must have walked through 100+ cobwebs but still buggy and lots of patches of poison ivy.

The Downhill sections are amazing.

Got a bit confused when Uwharrie and Dutchman became part of the hike.

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rocky
2 months ago

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over grown
3 months ago

Over all a good trail. There are areas that are a bit overgrown near the small foot bridge. Definitely consider bug repellent, I was a tick magnet last week. A lot of the trail is under the canopy. At 3pm in the afternoon under the canopy I had as much light visibility as I do at 8pm in open field. Its very hilly and a good workout at moderate pace. There is a lot of downed trees that will be a perfect area for mushroom hunters. Near the open field these is a lot of wild grapes. Please caution, I pretty sure I spotted moon seed as well.

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rocky
3 months ago

it was a fun trail with nice views of the lake. There were a few trees down. also, there were homeless camps on the trail.

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3 months ago

Nice area and was able to see some wildlife during the walk, also there’s allot of cool old buildings at the trailhead. However, the trail itself is in need of maintenance. There’s lots of trees down forcing you to find routes around and I don’t make it quite to the end because of blockage. All in all a pleasant walk but not one I’ll probably do again.

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4 months ago

First off let me say I would recommend this trail. The dirt road leading past the Baden lake campground to Kings Mountain Point parking lot (where the trail starts and finishes) was a bit rough with large potholes so a truck or jeep would do best. I would rate this trail as easy instead of Moderate because the only difficulty was climbing over several downed trees throughout the trail. We were gifted with the pleasure of seeing Peregrine Falcons bring food to their chicks in the nest.

We were looking for a very remote hike to take our two Aussies. It was a good hike for exercise with plenty of elevation changes. But not much for scenery. There were a descent number of creek crossings for the dogs, but later in the summer those may not have much water. We did the loop clockwise. If we do it again we will go the other way.

Trail is slightly overgrown in some areas. Difficulty is moderate, with some pretty steep climbs/descents. Overall a great workout trail.

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5 months ago

great trail. a few bugs in the low places but we had rain the day before. some trees across the trails but no problems. only saw one snake but a lot of wildlife and found 0 ticks. elevation is perfect to break a sweat but isn't too much of a strain. overall a great hike!

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