- The National Forests of North Carolina include four national forests covering 1.2 million acres, from the mountains to the sea. The Uwharrie sits in the middle of the state. Although the Uwharrie National Forest, with just over 50,000 acres, is the smallest national forest in North Carolina, it packs in great recreation opportunities.
The Uwharrie is located in a portion of North Carolina known as the Piedmont (meaning foot of the mountains). The 1,000-foot Uwharrie Mountains that cross the forest are considered to be the oldest mountain ranges in North America. Some of the first gold mined in North America came from this region.
Densons Creek Nature Trail, behind the Uwharrie Ranger Station, is a self-guided loop that reaches Densons Creek. For more of a challenge, try the 20-mile Uwharrie Trail or the connecting 9.5 mile Dutchman's Creek Trail. A designated National Recreation Trail, the Uwharrie Trail is to the Piedmont what the Appalachian Trail is to the mountains, only on a shorter scale.
A 15-mile network of mountain bike trails begins from the Wood Run Trailhead. In the Badin Lake area are nearly 150 miles of horse trails. Two primitive horse camps provide open fields and toilets.
Hunters benefit from the healthy populations of deer, turkeys, squirrels and rabbits. Many enjoy colorful songbirds, magnificent wildflowers and the sight of bald eagles over Badin Lake in the winter.
Recreation - The Uwharrie offers many trail opportunities, whether you like to travel by foot, horseback or mountain bike. The Forest offers camping in developed campgrounds as well as at primitive sites. Opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing are available.
Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.
In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).
The Uwharrie National Forest sits in the middle of North Carolina, in an area known as the Piedmont. It borders the east side of Badin Lake. The Forest office is located in Troy.