Uwharrie National Forest

Area Status: Open
Mill Pond on the Uwharrie NF

Uwharrie National Forest is 51,850 acres in Montgomery, Randolph & Davidson Counties. Uwharrie National Forest map

Ranger District Office, 789 Biscoe Road, Troy, NC 27371, (910) 576-6391, uwharrie@usda.gov. America the Beautiful Passes and USGS Topo maps for sale at https://store.usgs.gov/.

Firewood permits available by phone and mail starting October 5 for $20. Call (910) 576-6391 and provide Name, Address, Mailing Address for permit, Phone Number, Driver's License or National ID Number, Payment (Money Order or check payable to: USDA Forest Service). After purchase is complete, we will mail permit, restricted areas map, and policies. This process is temporary until operations return to normal.


Uwharrie NF is designated Game Lands and part of 2 million acres of public lands for public hunting, trapping and fishing managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The appropriate basic annual hunting license and Game Lands Privilege license is needed to hunt on Uwharrie NF. Seasons, bag limits, and special restrictions are in the  annual N.C. Inlands Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest.

Camping & Day-use

Picnic at a day-use area. Camp at developed campgrounds for a fee. See list  hereYou can only camp for 14 days in a 30-day period at a developed campground or dispersed camping. Primitive dispersed camping is allowed except in those areas posted "No Camping" or a developed campground or day-use area. Find sites along most Forest Service roads and trails. Be careful with campfires and only use dead and down wood. Do not bring wood from outside the area to protect from invasive plants and insects. 

Enjoy this story on a QR guided trail in the national forest.

OHV Trail Vendors.

  • Badin Lake OHV Trails close December 15 at 8:00 am
  • OHV Trails will reopen April 1 in the morning
  • OHV annual passes are available from the Eldorado Outpost

Flintlock Valley Shooting Range

25-yard pistol and 100-yard rifle ranges open year-round Tuesdays through Saturdays including all Holidays on those days except Thanksgiving & Christmas. Passes required but  not sold on site and must be purchased in advance. Contact the office or vendors: Shooting Range Vendors.

Be Safe

We offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation. All outdoor recreational activities have inherent risks due to the natural setting in which they occur. Your safety is your responsibility.

Trail Strategy Documents, Presentations and Maps

Badin Lake Area mapMorris Mountain Area mapNorth Eastern Portion mapSouth Eastern Portion mapWood Run Area map




Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Uwharrie National Forest

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Uwharrie National Forest

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Uwharrie National Forest

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Uwharrie National Forest

Dispersed Camping

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Uwharrie National Forest

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Uwharrie National Forest

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Uwharrie National Forest

Horse Camping

Areas for Horse Camping at Uwharrie National Forest

Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Uwharrie National Forest

Big Game Hunting

Areas for Big Game Hunting at Uwharrie National Forest

Small Game Hunting

Areas for Small Game Hunting at Uwharrie National Forest

OHV Camping

Areas for OHV Camping at Uwharrie National Forest

OHV Trail Riding

OHV trail riding on the Uwharrie NF is seasonally permitted generally from April 1st to December 15th.  These trails always close for approximately 3 months during the winter and open up again in the spring. 

Status: Open

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Uwharrie National Forest

Disc Golf

Areas for Disc Golf at Uwharrie National Forest

Target Shooting

Permit required?: Y

Areas for Target Shooting at Uwharrie National Forest


Areas for Picnicking at Uwharrie National Forest

Group Picnicking

Areas for Group Picnicking at Uwharrie National Forest

Boating - Motorized

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Uwharrie National Forest

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Uwharrie National Forest


Areas for Swimming at Uwharrie National Forest

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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