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Uwharrie National Recreation Trail

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 4.1 (17)

The Uwharrie Trail is a point-to-point trail in Uwharrie National Forest.


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20.1

Miles

32.4

KM

90%

Runnable

871' 265 m

High

385' 117 m

Low

2,831' 863 m

Up

2,807' 856 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Very rocky. Watch the ankles, particularly in fall when much of the trail is covered in leaves.

Description

This is a 20 mile point-to-point singletrack trail that goes from north-south or south-north from one end of the Uwharrie National Forest to the other. The terrain is hilly but nothing very long, just lots of ups and downs. There are several creek crossings and rock gardens.

The trail is well-marked with white blazes that are easy to follow. There is some rocky terrain and streams to navigate as well as a variety of scenery along the way. On the northern part of the trail, Dark Mountain offers an excellent western view. There are also camping areas along the trail which include Yates Place Camp, Wood Run Hunt Camp, West Morris Mountain Campground and other primitive camps. You may also see old home sites, cemeteries, and gold mines along the way if you keep your eyes open.

There are several points where the trail can be accessed for those who want a shorter run. There are three main trailheads. These include the beginning and ending points, and one on NC Highway 109, about eight miles northwest of Troy. Other roads also cross the trail, but be aware that there is limited parking at these sites. These other access points are located at Yates Place Camp on Dusty Level Road (SR 1146) and Tower Road (SR 1134).

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Jeremy Waldrop

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One of many creek/stream crossings on the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail.
Nov 19, 2018 near Badin, NC
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Nov 26, 2015 near Badin, NC
Rhododendron Buds Uwaharrie Trail Uwahrrie Nat Forest NC Uwaharrie Trail Uwahrrie Nat Forest NC
Nov 22, 2019 near Badin, NC
Dwarf Crested Iris Uwaharrie Trail Uwahrrie Nat Forest NC
Nov 22, 2019 near Badin, NC
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Nov 22, 2019 near Badin, NC
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Nov 22, 2019 near Badin, NC

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Nov 17, 2019
Matt Kornegay
Tough course. Plenty of water crossings. This course is rough and deceptive. Especially near the end. 20mi — 4h 10m
Oct 26, 2017
Curtis Cole