Uwharrie National Forest

Troy, North Carolina 27371

Uwharrie National Forest

Uwharrie National Forest Professional Review and Guide

"Wonderful, woodsy circuit hikes are possible in Uwharrie National Forest, some of substantial length. Uwharrie and Dutchman’s Creek Trails form a figure eight that, when linked with forest roads used by mountain bikers, can create hikes of many lengths. There’s also an interpretive walk beside the ranger station on the Densons Creek Trail.

Over the years, the forest service has expanded Uwharrie’s acreage, enhanced public access, and greatly improved facilities. There are major campgrounds and miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and OHV (off-highway vehicle) use on Badin Lake and elsewhere, plus primitive camps and picnic areas. Included are trail guides to: Densons Creek Nature Trail; Badin Lake Trail; Uwharrie and Dutchman’s Creek Trails; Birkhead Mountains Wilderness."

Uwharrie National Forest Reviews

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7/17/2018
I love this National Forest - there are many options here for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, etc. There is a wonderful circuit of trails, but be prepared because it is super easy to get lost unless you have a route planned out. I like the Dutchman's Creek Trail because it is a lovely, rugged, wilderness hike that can be lengthened or shortened depending on what you want to do and how much time you have.
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10/10/2009
We hiked the 7 mile loop - "Birkhead Mountains Wilderness" - described in the trail guide. - Hannah's Creek to Birkhead Mountain and Robbin's Branch back to where we started. It was a easy hike. It was a perfect day. Very peaceful and beautiful - with the leaves changing colors. It took us about 4 1/2 hrs. It could be done faster, but it is worth taking your time.
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8/11/2008
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7/30/2008
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8/21/2007
Uwharrie is a way to experience wilderness, wildlife and diverse plant life. Despite its popularity, it's still relatively easy to find solitude. The terrain is ideal for backpacking while tuning your legs for more ambitious hikes. My life long relationship with this area has provided me with beautiful memories, experience, and anticipation of good experiences to come. I love this place.
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10/22/2006
This was a very nice hike, well suited to my 58 year old body. I got a late start, so just thought I''d hike in a couple of miles on the Uwharrie to Woodrun Camp. I found the turnoff, but never found the camp, so found a very nice campste about another half mile down the trail. The trail to this point was well blazed and an easy walk. The next morning headed toward Yates Place. The weather was great and there was some color in the trees which made for a very pleasent walk. Not too much elevation changes so walking was again pretty easy. I set off on Dutchman's Creek at the junction. This trail is more primative that Uwharrie. It is not blazed nearly as well and there is a lot of deadfall on the trail that needs to be negotiated. I hiked down the trail a while and again found a great campsite at the second creek crossing. There''''''''s a bend in the creek so the large campsite was bounded by the creek on two sides. The next morning I took off and started a fair climb up Lick Mountain. The trail is pretty poorly blazed in this area and I had to keep close attention in order to stay on the trail, especially at the creek crossings. The climb off Lick Mountain is pretty steep, but not all that long and the walking it reasonably flat after this. Before too long I had reached the figure 8 cross with the Uwharrie trail and decided to continue on the Ductchman''''''''s to complete the loop. The trail climbs to a ridge and I thought I would find some campsites there, but I didn''''''''t spot anywhere where people had camped before. I climded down off the ridge and didn''''''''t see any campsites by the first creek crossing. It turns out there was a nice camp at the next crossing of the creek, but by this time I was only two miles from the car so I decided to hike out. I saw neither wildlife nor people during the entire hike and felt I really had the place to myself, but from the look of the Uwharrie trail I would expect more people in summer.
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8/20/2006
Took 7 Boy Scouts on the upper loop formed by the Uwharrie Trail and Dutchman's Creek Trail. Dutchman's Creek Trail was hard. Parts of the Dutchman's were overgrown or blocked by trees. Uwharrie Trail was moderate. The total hike was 10 miles from Yates Place Camp, around the loop and back to Yates Place. Beautiful hike.
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7/5/2006
The Northern section of this trail is challenging. Very scenic, with some steep inclines.
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6/14/2006
I am a beginner backpacker and took this trail because of the small difference in elevation and the apparant abundance of streams in the area. It was a great first trip out with the new gear. Plenty of camping and very few (3) people out to spoil nature. The Uwharrie trail was well (perhaps overy) blazed and the hiking good for someone trying to build leg strength for more challenging hikes. One word of caution, the Uwharrie forrest is HOT in the summer. It was 92 degrees on the hike, and none of the streams are large enough to cool off in. Spring and Fall would be best.
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5/13/2006
Hiked the Birkhead Mountain Wilderness trail this weekend. I really enjoy this trail. It is well marked and maintained. Several established camp sites with fire rings along the trail. A few hills here and there but nothing too strenuous. About a 7 mile loop. Plenty of water sources spread out pretty evenly.
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Trail Information

Troy
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Several options
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Uwharrie National Forest, 789 NC 24/27 East, Troy 27371; (910) 576-6391; e-mail: uwharrie@fs.fed.us Download the national forest’s Recreation Guide, brochures, and maps at www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc (click through to the Uwharrie for a list of links to literature).
Local Contacts
USGS Eleazer and Farmer for the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness; USGS Troy, Morrow Mountain, and Lovejoy for the Uwharrie Trail. The USDA Forest Service’s Birkhead Mountains Wilderness map and topos are for sale at the Troy ranger station.
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