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Description - 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).

Location - 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.

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Uwharrie National Forest - Ranger District, USDA Forest Service, Rt. 3, Box 470 , Troy, NC, 27371, Phone: 910-576-6391

Uwharrie National Forest, 789 NC 24/27 East , Troy, NC, 27371, Phone: 910-576-6391

Additional Information:
Charlotte Area - Located in North Carolina's southern Piedmont area, Charlotte is one of the south's fastest growing business communities. The area rests at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains offering a variety of vacation and employment opportunities.
Fayetteville Area - Fayetteville is located in the southern Piedmont area of the state offering a pleasant environment for many of our nation's military personnel. It is home of Fort Bragg Army Base and Pope Air Force Base. Fort Bragg boasts a population of over 60,000 individuals while Pope Air Force Base has a peacetime population of over 6,500 people. It was settled in the 1730's and became a military town during World War I. It also has Revolutionary and Civil War history.
North Carolina Nat'l Forests & Parks - North Carolina has four National Forests; Croatan, Uwharrie, Nantahala and Pisgah. The National Park property includes the famous Great Smoky Mountains as well as National Battlefields, Monuments, Lighthouses and Forts scattered across the state.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.

National Forests in North Carolina - Official agency Website
Uwharrie National Forest - Official agency website.


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