Badin Lake Campground

Badin Lake, North Carolina 28127

Badin Lake Campground

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"Depending on where you’re coming from, there are several ways to reach Badin Lake Campground. Most of them take a lot of twists and turns, but the drive is worth it.

This lakeside campground is the pride of the Uwharrie National Forest and is a best bet for tent campers who want a good campground accompanied by water and land recreation, including boating, fishing, and hiking. Maybe that’s why it seems that all roads and signs in the Uwharrie National Forest lead to Badin Lake Campground, which has gotten a recent makeover and now includes hot showers and flush toilets in the bathhouses."

Badin Lake Campground Trip Reports

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A very nice family friendly campground. It is popular so reservations are necessary in the summer. The lake is beautiful and there are opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and pleasant walks. Many of the sites have great views of the water -- try to get one facing the sunset! Beautiful.
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Very nice campground, clean bathrooms and showers. Very nice campground host named Tom who lives there year round. We had a great time, very clean sites with a fire/grill ring plus a grill for charcoal or dutch ovens. Our site had plenty of parking for at least 4 cars, but the rules state no more than two per site. I think you can get away with more cars as long as you park within the parking area and keep your cars out of the woods. Most of the outer sites are on water. Some closer that others to the water. Big tent pads for larger tents. The only issue I have with this campground and a lot of other state and federal campgrounds is the no alcohol policy. Don't punish everybody because a few have gotten drunk and disorderly. This area also has a lot of very nice loop trails that connect with other trails in the Uwharrie National Forest. Plenty of riding trails for horses, 4x4 too but they are seasonal.
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Badin Lake Campground is a most enjoyable spot if you are there at the right time and is, like many campgrounds, not as pleasant at other times.
Because of the lack of rainfall throughout the Carolinas, Badin was hurtin' for water... the lake has been low but is regaining much if not quite all its capacity of water.

When the water is at its usual levels, the campgrounds provide a wonderful base from which to paddle the Uwharrie National Forest which forms the east side of the lake - Development on the west side mars the picture, but except for weekends, it tends not to be an issue.

The campgrounds themselves are simple and, for the most part, quite private and peaceful. Site 1 is private and beautiful. You get all the traffic for the rest of the sites going by, but with only +/- 20 sites on the lower loop, it is not much of an annoyance. Site 5 (a small secret) sits back away from the camp road, closer to the lake, and is well hidden from its parking area! 11, 13, 15 give nice canoe access to the lake from the campsites.

"Wilderness" camping is also a given since the Uhwarrie National Forest allows for it. Along the eastern shoreline are some exceptional beauty spots, but do yourself and others a favor: paddle in an extra trash bag to pick up after others... I don't quite understand the carolina requirement for littering in both North and South Carolina. We bring a "contractor's bag" each time and lug out a load of trash. The good thing is that it tends to stay cleaner once you take the time to police the site, so repeat visits are nicer and nicer!

Canoeing early in the morning or twilight into nighttime is a joy - wildlife abounds and no one is waterskiing. During the day, sling your hammock and read!

Be aware that the village of Uwharrie itself is a bit of a throwback - the volunteer fire department flies the Stars & Stripes with the Confederate flag. Jokes about banjo music are not well received.

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