These mountains, located in the Piedmont regions ( with headquarters at Troy, NC) at a height of about 1000 feet could be the oldest mountains in the United States as they were caused by a chain of islands crushed between the collission of the North American and the African continental plates. They were once much higher than their current 1000 feet but have been greatly eroded away by time and natural forces.
The Uwharries have numerous hiking, off road and biking trails and are very popular as there are many miles of trails within the region. There are also many camping facilities available in the area ranging from complete RV sites, to cabins, to primitive and rustic locales. There are also horse camping and plenty of spots for hunters and anglers available.
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Birkhead Mountain Wilderness: Formed by ancient volcanic activity this wilderness consists of long forested ridges and steep terrain. The land has cuts of streams running through it and in Spring and Summer large variety of wildflowers blanket the earth. The area was given the name due to the Birkhead family settling in the area around 1850. Among the trees of Birkhead you may see remnants of old homesteads, farms, gold mining operations, old roads, and evidence of timber harvesting.
The Birkhead Mountain Trail crosses the heart of the area for approximately 4.5 miles from north to south (but you won’t find a parking lot on either end). From a parking lot on the western boundary of the Wilderness, the Robbins Branch Trail (about three miles) enters the area to fork at the Hannah’s Creek Trail (about 1.5 miles). Both trails join the Birkhead Mountain Trail. Group size is limited to 10, a regulation enforced in all North Carolina Wildernesses.
Holt’s Cabin: A day use picnic area which is located on Forest Road 597 approximately 1 mile north from the 544 intersection, Holt’s Cabin is a day use area on Badin Lake for picnicking and fishing. There are 7 sites, each containing a table and grill. The picnic area is on the edge of Badin Lake. There is no overnight camping permitted.
Cove Boat Ramp & Picnic Area: Located at the end of Forest Road 597B, Cove Boat Ramp is a day use picnic area and boat ramp, with tables and grills. Toilets are available. There is no overnight camping permitted.
Areas for Campground Camping at Uwharrie National Forest
Directions: From Troy, Hwy 109 N, go to Mullinix Rd. just past Macedonia Church. Turn left onto Mullinix Rd., and continue past Horse Camp. Turn right on FR 544 for 1.8 miles, then, turn left on FR 597 for 0.6 mile. Turn right on FR 597B to the entrance of the campground.
Facilities: Arrowhead Campground has 50 sites for Tent/RV camping. Sites #46-#49 are tent only. All sites are accessible to people with disabilities. Each site has a table, grill, lamp post and camping pad. The campground has 6 spigots located around the campground for drinking water. A bathhouse with flush toilets, hot showers, and laundry sink is available. There is a family restroom located at the front of the bathhouse if privacy is desired. A 0.75-mile paved bicycle/walking path loops around the campground. The pay-station is located at the entrance to the campground. There is a dump station located across from the pay station. Payment can be made by cash or check: make checks out to the USDA Forestry Service.
Badin Lake Horse Camp: