Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice loop with about 2/3 of the distance along Badin Lake. Some up-and-down but mostly flat. Passes several campgrounds and several established primitive lakeside campsites. Well marked with white paint blazes. Well-maintained considering it receives little traffic. Overall, probably the best dayhiking loop in Uwharrie National Forest.

this is a good running trail.

Steep and rocky in places but well-maintained and clearly marked. Easy to follow with plenty of resting points. Took about 4.5 hours.

This is a pleasant hike, but it is not a true loop. Starting from the parking lot, take the Uwharrie Trail to the left side (facing away from Hwy 24). At Bunson Camp take the Kehuwahee Trail to the gravel road and the gravel road back to the parking lot. If you stay on the Uwharrie Trial you’ll go for miles without a turn back.

hiking
1 month ago

A really nice, steady trek. It’s moderate when going uphill, but not too bad because the ground will level out eventually in some parts. You’ll see signs of past campers and watch out for snakes.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for exercise. I would wait for lake season to end to do it again. Did not like hiking through occupied campsites on lake. You hear lots of noise from cars, boats and jetskis.

hiking
1 month ago

My feet hurt!!!!

A lot of great trail options as well as spots for camping not far from parking locations.

I took the Uwharrie trail to Yates Place them looped back on Dutchman's creek trail. The trails are well marked throughout. There is a variety of terrain on the trails from pine forest to very rocky trails. There are lots of streams that intersect the trails as well as some camping areas.

Mostly a road trail. Took the Dutchman’s creek trail about 3-4 miles in, it connects to super tree at a lot of points, I thought it was a better trail.
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Nice trail and great loop by lake and in woods. Only downside is litter by lake side of trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Did a short hike on the southern portion of the trail but going back for an overnight backpacking trip. Trail was marked well. Nice elevation change, not too drastic. Lots of great areas for camping. Went on a Saturday morning and was on the trail for about four hours. Ran in to trail runners every 20-30 min. Not too crowded. Had a great time with my wife, 5-year old and dog.

I’ve never given a 2-star trail review before, but you will not miss much if you skip the Uwaharrie trail loop. If it’s summer and you aren’t wearing long pants, long sleeves, and coated in permethrin or deet; you may want to find another trail.

There is nothing to see other than variation in the composition and maturity of the forest as you pass through areas that were burned and/or timbered. There are no overlooks or rock formations. About a mile of the trail borders private property which has ‘No Trespassing’ signs stapled to nearly every tree - sometimes 2 or 3 signs on the same tree. That is arguably the most exciting feature of the 9.5-mile hike.

The trail follows a creek which does not flow in the summer. The standing water is a haven for mosquitoes and the elevation of the trail is low enough that wind is blocked. I was literally swatting at mosquitos the entire hike. A couple sections of the trail are over-grown with poison ivy and brush. Watch what you touch and keep an eye out for Lone Star ticks.

If you are planning on camping (hopefully not in the summer), please be aware that the campgrounds are all less than 30 feet off the trail. In some cases, the trail runs through campground.

The trail may be okay from October to March when the water is flowing in the creek bed mosquitoes are less of an issue. However, there are better trails in the Charolette area. Crowder’s Mountain has far more to offer even in summer: well maintained, great views, no standing water with mosquitoes, nice breeze along the ridges, etc.

Cool in the heat, the trail has multiple water sources and some great back country campsites. There's more elevation gain than I originally thought. Great trip, I'll likely do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

It's a nice trail with good views of the lake. It is very easy to follow with the exception of the area near the boat ramp (you have to cross a large parking lot to pick the trail back up). The major drawback to this trail was the trash. There are campsites along the lake and many had been trashed over the weekend. There were beer cans everywhere and one group appeared to have put a whole camping chair in the fire and left it. Personally I think things like that take away from the experience, but overall it was still a decent hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice hike - well marked except at the Cove Boat Ramp. We exited the woods and wandered around trying to find the rest of the trail. We eventually did though - took about 2 1/2 hours. Pretty and very few people on it. Unfortunately there is some litter near the trailheads which spoiled the hike a little for me.

Sign posted, trail until further notice.

Kind of a boring hike, lots of geckos and snakes. smelled very good!

backpacking
4 months ago

Nice Hike. While I was on my hike I ran into two surveyors by a low bridge middle ways through the hike and the let me know that the trail would be closed the following week. I do not know how long the trail will be closed.Today was 04/17/2018.

My buddy and I cans out from Ft. Bragg and we actually bit off more than we can chew. We opened with the 11 mile hike, ran out of water, then took the green south then merged into another trail that took us back to my car. Bring extra water. It is very challenging but amazing!

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly easy trail mostly along the shoreline of Badin Lake. Keep an eye on the trail as there are many small rocks and roots to trip you up.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike, the views weren’t amazing but parts near the lake and river were nice. Fun wildlife lots of spring peepers, snakes, and ground skinks

Started at the Town of Troy Nature Trail 24/27 trailhead. Followed orange blazes to the dam, was a bit over grown. Made a left and then turned left into the woods and followed the white blazes for the Densons Creek Nature Trail. Then followed the orange and white blazes back to the logging road and back to the orange blaze trail to the car. Nice hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Good stuff would love to come back and do a solo overnight and maybe even take advantage of the lake in the warmer months ahead.

on Uwharrie Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Started in the Uwharrie trail, on the way back picked up Woods Run to its end, and finally a wide road back to the trailhead. Ended up adding on an extra mile, so 4.6 miles total. Most of the trail was covered in leaves, so a little slippery at times, but pretty easy overall.

I visited with a buddy for 3 days and 2 nights. My Garmin clocked the route at 20 miles instead of the posted 18. Not a big deal, just adding that bit of info. The loop was a great combination of ups and downs. Temps were in the mid 30s during the day and teens and low 20s at night. Water was available throughout. It’s not flowing, but it can be used if filtered or boiled. There are plenty of campsites and the trails are clearly marked and maintained. The NE section of the Uwharrie Trail looks to be what’s left of a controlled burn, back on Dutchman in the NW, the trees and flora return. Lick Mountain is basically straight up with slight switchbacks. Dennis is similar. Hunting season or the cold may have scared off the wildlife as only birds were present. The trails were pretty well trafficked especially on Friday. Ran into scouts, couples, and a handful of hunters. There aren’t many views, but if you like hiking and camping for the sake of hiking and camping and/or if you have someone who wants to give backpacking a try, this is a good place to visit.

hiking
9 months ago

I enjoyed this trail. I got to the Cove Boat Ramp area around 12:30PM, had my dog along with me, and didn't see a single person for the entirety of our hike. I imagine it would be prettier in the spring or summer, but regardless of season, the trail has a nice balance of wood/lake views. The only reason I'm giving it four stars is there were a few points where the markers were difficult to spot. I walked through several spider webs, but I'm happy to take that in exchange for a quiet, peaceful trek and lovely scenery :)

hiking
9 months ago

We loved this trail! Over 1/2 of the trail was along the lake and the rest were in beautiful wooded hills. The only difficulty in the hike was the length of the trek. Look forward to doing it again in the spring.

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.

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