Uwharrie National Forest
Badin Lake OHV Area

Last updated 11/16/2003
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Metro Area Minutes Miles
Greensboro 65 60
Raleigh 115 100
Winston-Salem 70 70

Additional Information:

Uwharrie National Forest
US Department of Agriculture Forest Service
789 NC Highway 24/27 East
Troy, NC 27371-9332
(910) 576-6391

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ORV Fees
  • $5 per day or $30 for a year pass.
  • Pay at the Eldorado Outpost gas station or Mullinix gas station just outside of the park.
Trail Summary
  • Many trails are accessible to stock (unmodified) four-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Individual trails vary in length from 1.4 miles to 3.4 miles, but OHV area networks trails into approximately 20 miles of contiguous trails with minimal recrossing.
  • Many trails provide obstacles requiring the use of a spotter or trail guide
  • Some areas may be traversed in a different manner greatly increasing or decreasing the technical difficulty of the obstacle.
  • Many obstacles do not have provisions for bypassing
  • Trails at Uwharrie are excellent for beginner-to-intermediate levels and provide fun and enjoyable 4x4 experiences
  • Trail system closes for reconstitution between the months of December and March
  • Trail ratings range from 3-8 [1-10 scale]
  • Uwharrie Info Site
Terrain Summary
  • The Badin Lake OHV area is made of former logging and mining trails cut into mountainous terrain and the Uwharrie River basin.
  • The terrain is rolling, with several steep, winding trails and several creek crossings utilizing corduroy fords
  • Rock outcroppings and steep drop-offs are common, with the majority of trail obstacles being rock formations surrounded by washout
  • Primitive camping is free and allowed anywhere in Uwharrie National Forest not posted as "No Camping"
  • Campsites with amenities are:
    • Arrowhead Campground/Group Camp (Tent/Trailer) [Running water, flush toilets, showers, hookups, table, grill, etc.]
    • Badin Lake Campground (Tent/Trailer) [Hand pump water, port-a-potties, table, grill]
    • Hunt Camp (Tent)  [Hand pump water, port-a-potties]
    • Campsites with Amenities
  • Directions to Uwharrie National Forest from Raleigh, NC
    • Take 440 to highway 64 west
    • You will go through many small towns, IE: Siler city, Ramseur, etc..
    • When you get into Asheboro look for Highway 49 west/south It will be a left turn next to a gas station then a right turn to get onto highway 49
    • Take highway 49 until you see highway 109 exit..
    • Take this exit
    • at bottom of ramp turn left.. you will now be on highway 109..
    • You will stay on this road for about 10 to 15 mins..
    • on your right you will see A big open field and a Gas station (it is called Eldorado Outpost).
    • Pull in park and go inside and purchase either an OHV day trail pass or a yearly trail pass so you will be allowed to wheel legally on the trail system.
    • Now follow the map to get to Uwharrie National Forest, a minute or two south of Eldorado Outpost.