Uwharrie National Forest, North Carolina Hiking Trails Info, Map & More

Uwharrie National Forest, North Carolina Hiking Trail Information

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Uwharrie National Forest

There are approximately 51,000 acres of National Forest System lands in Montgomery, Randolph and Davidson Counties. The Uwharrie National Forest includes the Uwharrie Ranger District Office, located at 789 NC Highway 24/27 East, Troy, NC 27371.  

At the district office you can obtain information about the area, get brouchures, camping information, trail passes, and permits. You can also obtain a Senior pass, Disabled Pass. We also have USGS Topo maps for sale.

Primitive dispersed camping is allowed throughout the Forest, except in those areas that are posted “No Camping”. These sites can be found along most of Forest Service roads and trails. Please remember when using these sites to be careful with camp fires and carry out your trash and debris. Please leave your campsite in good clean condition so that others who follow you may also enjoy the Forest. 

The Uwharrie National Forest is part of the 2 million acres of public lands managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for public hunting, trapping and fishing, and are designated as Game Lands. In addition to the appropriate basic annual hunting license, a Game Lands Privilege license must be obtained to hunt on the Uwharrie National Forest. Information concerning seasons, bag limits, and special Game Lands Restrictions are found in the  annual N.C. Inlands Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, available where licenses are sold.

Camping and Day-use Information

Enjoy camping or a picnic at one of the many day-use areas. A list of camping and day-use areas in the Uwharrie National Forest can be found  here.

You may enjoy this story on a QR guided trail in the national forest.

OHV Trail Vendors.

Shooting Range Vendors.

Recreation Maps

Uwharrie National Forest map

Trail Strategy Documents, Presentations and Maps

Badin Lake Area map

Morris Mountain Area map

North Eastern Portion map

South Eastern Portion map

Wood Run Area map




Be Safe

The national forests in North Carolina offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From the mountains to the sea, there are many exciting adventures awaiting your visit to these national forests. Please keep in mind that all outdoor recreational activities on the Croatan, Pisgah, Nantahala and Uwharrie national forests, including activities at recreation sites, have inherent risks due to the natural setting in which they occur. Always remember, your safety is your responsibility.

  • Badin Lake OHV Trails close December 18th at 8:00 am
  • OHV Trails will reopen April 1st in the morning
  • OHV annual passes will be available from the Uwharrie Ranger District office or the Eldorado Outpost

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