Trail Information

Badin Lake OHV Trail Complex

The Uwharrie National Forest provides the only public off-highway vehicle (OHV) or motorized trail system in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina.  The motorized trails are located in the Badin Lake Recreation Area of the national Forest.  The Badin Lake OHV Trail Complex is open for motorized recreation for mountain bikes, dirtbikes, ATVs, UTVs, side-by-sides, and full-sized 4-wheel drive vehicles with the purchase of a day or annual pass/permit to be displayed on the vehicle.  The trail system is open from April 1st to December 15th annually.  It has 6 trailheads to access the 16 miles of trails.

The trails range from easy to extremely difficult.  Currently there are 8 trails with plans for more trails in the future.  The designated motorized trails are marked with orange diamond markers and are for two-way traffic.  When the trails open annually on April 1st they remain open 24 hours per day for 7 days a week and can be ridden at night if vehicle has working head lights and tail lights.  Riders of ATVs and dirt bikes are required to wear a DOT approved helmet for motorized use and eye protection. 

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OHV trail passes are required. The cost is $5 per day or $30 for the season, April to December.

  • Passes are sold at the following locations:
    • Eldorado Outpost, 4021 NC109, Troy, NC
    • Swift Island BP, NC24/27 and River Rd., Mt. Gilead, NC
    • Uwharrie Trails General Store, 4568 NC 109, Troy, NC
    • Uwharrie National Forest District Office , Hwy 24/27, east of Troy, NC