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Uwharrie OHV Trail System

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Alt Names

Uwharrie National Forest, Shingle Trap Mountain, Dutch Jones Creek, Gold Mine Branch, Moccasin Creek, Badin Lake OHV Trails, Art Lilley Campground, Art Lilly Campground

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This popular area offers about 20 miles of challenging trails that consist of steep, rocky and muddy sections, several stream crossings and loose gravel. The trail system is primarily geared for Jeeps and ATVs but all OHVs are welcomed.

Free primitive camping with direct trail access can be found at Art Lilley Campground. Amenities include a vault toilet plus an unloading ramp but no running water so come prepared. There are several full service campgrounds nearby including Arrowhead Campground and Badin Lake Campground but they do not offer direct OHV trail access so non-street legal machines need to be hauled to and from the staging areas.

The trail system offers several staging areas to choose from but the trail that starts from Cotton Place Staging Area is rated as extremely difficult and should only be attempted by experienced riders.

Please note that an OHV Trail Pass is required and must be purchased prior to arrival since there is currently no on site self service pay station. Passes can be purchased at nearby vendors (see map for locations) or by visiting the Uwharrie National Forest District Office.

Trail Map... Directions... Nearby Trails...


Nearest CityUwharrie, NC
AddressMoccasin Creek Road, Troy, NC 27371
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Lexington, NC
1) Take US-64 east to the junction of SR-109, about 10 miles
2) Turn right (south) on SR-109, continue about 25 miles
3) Veer right on SR-1153/Reservation Road, continue .4 miles
4) Turn right (west) onto Moccasin Creek Road, continue 1.5 miles
5) Turn left (south) onto Dutch John Road, continue about .5 miles toward staging area.

For the Wolf Den Staging Area:
6) Continue west past the Dutch John Road about 2 miles
7) Staging area is on the left (east).

For the Art Lilly Campground/Falls Dam Staging Area:
8) Continue west past the Wolf Den Staging Area about .1 miles
9) Follow signage for the campground.


LandNational Forest


Recommended StayFull Day


Square Miles10
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation250 to 800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Permit RequiredYesOHV Trail Pass
Dates OpenApril 1- December 15
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYesrequired for dirt bike & ATV riders, not required for UTVs
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesworking headlights, brake lights & spark arrester are required
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
FirearmsSome Areaspermitted at the Flintlock Shooting Range (910) 576-6391
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.


ParkingNo ($0.00)
Entry ($0.00)
RidingYes ($5.00 per OHV)
Season Pass - $30
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SW)Stanly Regional Medical Center (704) 984-4000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Eldorado Outpost (910) 572-3474
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Eldorado Outpost (910) 572-3474
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Uwharrie Hunt Campground (910) 576-6391
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (NW)Arrowhead Campground (910) 576-6391
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NW)Arrowhead Campground (910) 576-6391
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)Uwharrie Hunt Campground (910) 576-6391
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Eldorado Outpost (910) 572-3474
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (W)Badin Lake
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (W)Badin Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (W)Cove Boat Ramp


Contact InfoUwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy. 24/27 East
Troy, NC 27371-9332
(910) 576-6391


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