UWHARRIE NATIONAL FOREST
Situated in central North Carolina, Uwharrie National
Forest is made up of numerous tracts of land in an area of low-lying mountains. There’s one designated wilderness area, the 4,790-acre Birkhead Mountain Wilderness.
The region has forests of hardwoods and pine, with dogwood and mountain laurel, and includes many streams and a couple of rivers. Deer and fox are among the wildlife.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are possible on a few trails here, most of which are easy to moderate in difficulty. Longest is the 20-mile Uwharrie National Recreation Trail. There are also some horse trails. Canoeing is available on the Uwharrie and Little Rivers. Hunting and fishing are permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed in most parts of the National Forest, except where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary. It’s recommended that campsites be at least 100 feet from trails and water sources.
For Further Information: Uwharrie National Forest, Route 3, Box 470, Troy, NC 27371; (919)576-6391.