Badin Lake Trail

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Badin Lake Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New London, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles
419 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





mountain biking

nature trips

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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 Arrowhead Campground loops in a paved figure-eight pattern for bike riders. This can be excluded from the trail, reducing the total length to 5.2 miles.

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21 days ago

Nice trail, mostly along the water. Beautiful views!

26 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Great hike. Didn't see a single person.

1 month 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).

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Some pretty views, but tons of trash.

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7 months ago

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.

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11 months ago

Scenery around the lake is beautiful. The trail itself, not so much. Trail is in need of a lot of maintenance - extremely narrow - almost completely eroded into the lake in some spots. Trail markings in some areas are non-existent. Areas marked hikers only, no horses have horse droppings along the trail. Not a repeat hike.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hiking on this trail was enjoyable, as it was a hike after all.

That being said, don't bother, go somewhere else. There were giant spider webs every 20 feet, and the trail was not marked well. There were several times when we had to guess which direction to go in as there were no signs, and several trails going in different directions.

Kind of a dingy place to drive through as well, we won't be back, altho im still glad we tried it.

Sunday, September 04, 2016