Uwharrie National Forest Badin Lake

New London, North Carolina

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This beautiful loop in the Uwharrie National Forest is one of the farthest hikes away from Charlotte in this guidebook, but it is well worth the one-and-a-half-hour drive from the city to explore the undisturbed shoreline of Badin Lake. This route starts at the scenic Kings Mountain Point day-use area, and then immediately starts contouring the coves of Badin Lake. The single-track trail that winds along the water provides a great opportunity to look for blue herons. You may also be able to spot freshwater clams at the edge of the water. After hiking around a large peninsula, you will notice a few scattered houses on the east shore of Badin Lake, but then you will leave any sign of development behind as the trail travels inland to explore the forest. After passing through a mixed hardwood and pine forest, you will reemerge on the shore of the lake at the Arrowhead Campground. From here you will travel north through the Badin Lake Campground area to conclude your hike at Kings Mountain Point.

Uwharrie National Forest: Badin Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This beautiful loop in the Uwharrie National Forest is one of the farthest hikes away from Charlotte in this guidebook, but it is well worth the one-and-a-half-hour drive from the city to explore the undisturbed shoreline of Badin Lake. This route starts at the scenic Kings Mountain Point day-use area, and then immediately starts contouring the coves of Badin Lake. The single-track trail that winds along the water provides a great opportunity to look for blue herons. You may also be able to spot freshwater clams at the edge of the water. After hiking around a large peninsula, you will notice a few scattered houses on the east shore of Badin Lake, but then you will leave any sign of development behind as the trail travels inland to explore the forest. After passing through a mixed hardwood and pine forest, you will reemerge on the shore of the lake at the Arrowhead Campground. From here you will travel north through the Badin Lake Campground area to conclude your hike at Kings Mountain Point."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New London
Distance: 5.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 3 to 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Uwharrie National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Badin; Badin Lake trail map available at the Uwharrie National Forest headquarters
Driving Directions: Directions to Uwharrie National Forest: Badin Lake

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May 2018