Explore the most popular mountain biking 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
18 days 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.

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
1 month 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.

hiking
2 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
2 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.

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

hiking
4 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
4 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

hiking
6 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.

hiking
7 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
7 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.

hiking
8 months 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
10 months ago

Nice trail, mostly along the water. Beautiful views!

Comfortable hike. Good parking and toilet facilities by the fishing pier. Plenty of picnic sites by the water. Saw some wildlife and hardly any people. A beautiful spot.

10 months ago

Great hike. Didn't see a single person.

hiking
11 months ago

I have done this loop a couple times now with my dog, leaving from both the Badin Lake Campground and the Arrowhead Campground. It is an easy to moderate hike with easy to follow white blazes. This hike can be accomplished by almost any healthy adult and would be good for children.

There are some nice views of Badin Lake, and several spots to wade into the water or cast a line, if you are so inclined. There are several camping spots cleared along the trail. Some are in great condition and some have trash strewn about. Wildlife is what you would expect. We have never failed to flush multiple herons from their lakeside perches. Another review mentioned heavy spider webs. I had not found that to be the case in the past, but on my most recent hike in August I ran into a ton of webs beginning at Badin Lake Campground and for about mile North of there.

My favorite part of this trail is the section just North of King's Mountain Point, so if you are unsure of taking on the whole hike or just want to get a feel for the Uwharrie Forest, you can park at King's Mountain (where they have a fishing pier, bathrooms, picnic tables, and a well pump) and head out from there, then return.

In addition to King's Mountain Point, the trail passes through Badin Lake and Arrowhead CGs, where bathrooms and water refills are available. As a result, you can probably get away with starting out carrying as little as a liter of water per person, provided you refill at some point(s).

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Park at Cove Boat Ramp parking area. The lake view is nice. Great way to get up close and personal with nature. I met LOTS of spiders in their webs. Lots of animals and insects to see and hear. Trail is very poorly marked in places. Trail goes through people's campsites which is awkward. Tons of trash especially at all the empty camp sites. Hard to keep my usual minimum 3 mile an hour pace due to the terrain. Nice to visit once. Due to the insane amount of spiderwebs, poor markers and constant trash I don't feel the need to go back. Also some of the roads to access the parking had large potholes.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My wife and I set out with another couple to hike the trail over the weekend in early June. Unfortunately we had a bit of a late start and didn't get onto the trail until the late afternoon. We started at the southern trailhead and made it about 5 miles before setting up camp for the night. There are plenty well established campsites along the southern portion of the trail, to include spots at higher elevation all the way down to small spots in the valley located next to fast flowing creeks. Plenty of thick overhead coverage to keep you cool, and for the most part the trail was pretty dry. I've noticed there isn't a whole lot of information online about the trail so a few things to note:
-Unlike a few trails in NC there are not pumps or shelters with potable water to access.
-Yates Camp doesn't have any access to potable water despite being a large camp ground.
-The southern portion of the trail is less demanding, and heavily populated with day trip groups such as Boy Scouts, Class trips, and families... it was incredibly noisy in the area even at sun down.
Overall its a great trail with a few sections that are physically demanding and enjoyable. Hope to hike it again in the fall.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My wife and I set out with another couple to hike the trail over the weekend in early June. Unfortunately we had a bit of a late start and didn't get onto the trail until the late afternoon. We started at the southern trailhead and made it about 5 miles before setting up camp for the night. There are plenty well established campsites along the southern portion of the trail, to include spots at higher elevation all the way down to small spots in the valley located next to fast flowing creeks. Plenty of thick overhead coverage to keep you cool, and for the most part the trail was pretty dry. I've noticed there isn't a whole lot of information online about the trail so a few things to note:
-Unlike a few trails in NC there are not pumps or shelters with potable water to access.
-Yates Camp doesn't have any access to potable water despite being a large camp ground.
-The southern portion of the trail is less demanding, and heavily populated with day trip groups such as Boy Scouts, Class trips, and families... it was incredibly noisy in the area even at sun down.
Overall its a great trail with a few sections that are physically demanding and enjoyable. Hope to hike it again in the fall.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A great place to take the family. It offers many things to do.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Some pretty views, but tons of trash.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Hiked and ran 50 miles in 1 day, this was one of the trails I'd hit. Tons of bugs, especially cobwebs in the morning. The middle section with the giant trees and fern was the best. Had to use a bug net over my head due to too many cobwebs blinding me and around 20 or so mosquito bites when they bit through my clothes.

It's true, this trail is treacherous sometimes. It rained and thunderstormed when I was out there and everything became very slippery. You lose the trail the most when it runs into a campsite. Sometimes it's real hard to find the white blaze again. This place is very hilly, which makes it that much more challenging.

backpacking
Monday, May 15, 2017

This map does not include the actual Woodrun Trail. But it is a great loop.

backpacking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nice trail with lots of streams to get water. It is well marked but around the streams there are numerous paths made by campers that can lead you down the wrong trail if you are not careful.

backpacking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2nd time doing a full thru-hike of the completed 19.4 mile section. Parked one car at Jumping Off Rock Trailhead and started at the 24/27 Trailhead.
First 6 miles or so we're very wet, lots of stream crossings, but only had one noticable extended uphill. Made it to Hwy 109 trailhead (mile 11) in 5 hours. Continued to the only real bridge near the turnoff for West Morris Mountain Campground. Spent the night next to the river
Next day had several of the larger uphill sections, hiked the remaining 6 miles in about 3 hours.
Good hike, no real overlooks, but probably do it again the the fall when the leaves are changing

Parked at 109 trailhead and headed south to intersection with Dutchmans Trail and back, about 7 miles RT.
No other cars in the parking area Saturday at 1pm. About a mile of the trail exhibits the after effects of a recent Forest fire. Interesting to see that the 2 firebreaks actually worked.
Nice mix of up and down, a few stream crossings, but enough rocked to keep toes dry. One is a log crossing; not difficult, but was giving a group of students pause. Fortunately they let me pass.
One other car in lot upon my return.

Monday, March 13, 2017

We enjoyed the hike. Significant maintenance appears to have taken place with most of the trail clear and fresh trail markings in abundance. Very early spring meant lots of extended views.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

great trail!

Monday, February 27, 2017

nice trail. we did the trail in 2.5 hours. very well marked.

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