Best Hikes in Uwharrie National Forest (NC)


Uwharrie National Forest is the smallest of the 4 National Forests in North Carolina and is located in the middle of the state, just an hour east of Charlotte. Along with nearby Morrow Mountain State Park, there are plenty of enjoyable recreation activities for visitors to enjoy. The best hiking trails in Uwharrie National Forest are located below.


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Trailhead Traveler’s Recommended Hikes in Uwharrie National Forest

  • Badin Lake Trail – 5.6 mile loop
    • Loop trail that follows the shore of Badin Lake for half its distance, then loops back through hardwood forest to Cove Boat Ramp.


  • Dutchmans Creek Trail – 11 miles one-way
    • There are a couple of interconnecting trails that can be used to create a loop including the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail (below).


  • Fall Mountain Trail*** – 4.2 mile loop
    • Great trail along the Yadkin River and through an old forest in Morrow Mountain State Park next to Uwharrie National Forest. Perfect for the whole family.


  • Sugarloaf Mountain Trail – 2.9 mile loop
    • Fairly easy loop up Sugarloaf Mountain with one steep section – recommended to go left at the split.


  • Uwharrie National Recreation Trail – 19 miles one-way
    • Well marked trail with several creek crossings along the way. There are 3 main trailheads to get access to this beautiful hardwood forest.

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2 Responses

  1. Mark

    A fellow at REI told me about a large rock formation called mitsy or misty rock in Uwharrie national forest. He said it was not well known or visited much. Perhaps off the beaten path a little?
    Do you know what he was talking about?
    If so what trail is it near?


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