Uwharrie Travel Guide

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    by HasTowelWillTravel Written Mar 19, 2013

    This loop starts out from the boat ramp at Badin Lake, just off of Forest Road 597B. Head around Arrowhead campground (the first section is paved) before striking north through the deciduous forests of Uwharrie National Forest. Soon you'll hike along the lakeshore, rounding over the finger and returning down the western side of the peninsula to the beginning.

    This is a good active hike. Not too strenuous, with little elevation change throughout the hike, and good views of the lake for most of the mileage. There is some noise issues coming from the Badin Lake, as many people enjoy motorized craft on the water there. So if it's solitude you seek, look elsewhere (or try this hike on a non-peak day), but it is a pretty hike nonetheless.


    Trail length: 5.7 miles
    Trail time: 2-3 hours
    Trail difficulty: easy
    For more information, see the review at Everytrail.com

    Related to:
    • Camping
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by HasTowelWillTravel Written Mar 19, 2013

    The Birkhead Wilderness is the uppermost corner of Uwharrie National Forest, yet it comes across as pleasantly remote, despite being only 40 minutes from Greensboro and 50 from Concord. The forest, as with most of the Uwharrie, is mixed/deciduous, and there are not many large elevation gains as you traverse part of the oldest mountain range in North America (and one of the oldest in the world).

    This loop is a standard for the area, but is not heavily traveled. On a Sunday afternoon, we saw only two other groups also on the trail. The trip begins at the Robins Branch Trailhead. the trail winds through the woods, where the junction between the Robins Branch and Birkhead Wildnerss trails splits off. Either way is permissible, we went clockwise through the loop, veering to the NE. In many spots it is a wide trail, enough for two people to walk abreast, and while there is some incline, there is nothing too strenuous.

    Keeping on the Robins Branch trail, you wind up, passing the turnout for the Thornburg trailhead, and eventually link back up with the Birkhead Wilderness trail. turning right, you wind up, and then back down, as you complete the journey back to your original junction, and to the parking lot.

    There are a many things to see as you go. Keep an eye out for quartz rocks, remnants from the last glaciation of the forest, that stand out as bright white spots along the trail. In the fall, mushrooms are abundant, providing a burst of different colors and strange shapes (note: do NOT eat any wild mushrooms. Many are poisonous and can be fatal.), and the leaves are a riot of different colors. Along the southern route of the loop, there is an old chimney, left over from a plantation that once stood in this forest. Keep a sharp glance about!


    Trail length: 6.7 miles
    Trail time: 2-4 hours
    Trail difficulty: easy-moderate
    For more information, see the review at Everytrail.com

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Photography
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by HasTowelWillTravel Updated Mar 13, 2013

    This loop takes place in the southern portion of Uwharrie National Forest. My fiancee and I tried this loop out to break in some new boots and anew tent, so the 6.4 miles seemed like a good overnighter. This trail can also be done as a long dayhike or trail run.

    The trail starts along that overgrown road, traveling generally upwardhill, until it turns south. We pulled off at the junction with Keyauwee trail, which wound in a loop and rejoined the road a little downtrail. The Keyawee trail connects with the Uwharrie trail, which turns northward and heads along Upper Wood Run creek. There are numerous places for camping off the trail, where we made camp.

    Keeping on Uwharrie trail, it continues north, climbing steeply around Dennis Mountain (732' elevation) and then wrapping around the side. On the north end of the mountain, the Uwharrie trial again meets the Keyauwee trail, and you turn back south, joining up with the road to complete the lollipop loop. Keyauwee trail is open to mountain bikers, so be aware as you hike along these portions. But moving over to Uwharrie trail, there are no bikers allowed.

    Coming back down, it is easy to miss the junction that will take you back to the road. If you miss it, the Keyauwee trail runs parallel to the road, so you wind south without realizing it, until it connects later on. Be vigilant!

    Later in the season, the creeks run dry, so be sure to carry enough water to last you through the hike.


    Trail length: 6.4 miles
    Trail time: 4 hours-overnight
    Trail difficulty: easy-moderate
    For more information, see the review at Everytrail.com

    Related to:
    • Camping
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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