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Within the Uwharrie National Forest this is the only trail dedicated solely to hikers. The other perk is that this lengthy loop trail gives you the best of both worlds. It keeps you near the shoreline while the forest protects you from the sun’s rays.
The trail is easy to follow, and there are several swimming holes where both you and the dogs can enjoy a refreshing dip in the inviting Badin Lake.
Badin Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Within the Uwharrie National Forest this is the only trail dedicated solely to hikers. The other perk is that this lengthy loop trail gives you the best of both worlds. It keeps you near the shoreline while the forest protects you from the sun’s rays.
The trail is easy to follow, and there are several swimming holes where both you and the dogs can enjoy a refreshing dip in the inviting Badin Lake."
--Melissa Watson, Best Dog Hikes North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
More Badin Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike traverses along the shoreline of Badin Lake and through rugged hills of the Uwharrie National Forest in Montgomery County. You will have trouble keeping your eyes off the scenic lake views while watching your footing on rocky terrain. The undulating landscape has plenty of ups and downs, especially compared to other Piedmont destinations, so be prepared.A campground host is located on-site and makes for a good jumping-off point. The trail passes two nice campgrounds, Badin Lake and Arrowhead. They may tempt you to add an overnight campout to your Uwharrie National Forest adventure. Leaves, rocks, and roots compose the natural-surface trail. Note the abundance of exposed milky-white quartz."
--Johnny Molloy, Best Easy Day Hikes: Greensboro and Winston-Salem (Falcon Guides).
"This beautiful loop in the Uwharrie National Forest explores 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 singletrack 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 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 reemerge on the shore of the lake at the Arrowhead Campground. From here you travel north through the Badin Lake Campground area to conclude your hike at Kings Mountain Point."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis & Johnny Molloy, Best Hikes Charlotte (Falcon Guides).
"The Badin Lake Loop is located to the east of Charlotte in the northern portion of Uwharrie National Forest. The trail is valued for its wealth of undeveloped shoreline, which provides picturesque views for hikers and undisturbed homes for wildlife. The mostly level trail contours the shoreline and then ventures into the diverse Uwharrie Forest, where it weaves through a variety of vegetation before returning to Badin Lake and concluding along its banks."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Best Easy Day Hikes: Charlotte (Falcon Guides).
"The Badin Lake Trail starts from the Arrowhead Campground on a spur trail near the bathhouse. Hike down to the Arrowhead Campground boat launch and explore the shore of Badin Lake and the surrounding forest. The hike is mostly level and pretty well marked. At times the trail traverses over exposed rock areas, so it’s a good idea to wear some good hiking shoes or tennis shoes that have adequate grip for this trail. Along the way you’ll fi nd plenty of exceptional fishing spots, a sandy shoreline, and rocky resting spots with fantastic views of the lake."
--Joshua Kinser , Five-Star Trails: Charlotte (Menasha Ridge Press).
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