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Uwharrie OHV Trail System

Wednesday, April 01, 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 Status Open

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.

Art Lilley Campground offers free primitive camping and direct trail access, a vault toilet plus an unloading ramp but there is 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 onsite self service pay station. Passes can be purchased at nearby vendors (see map for locations) or by visiting the Uwharrie National Forest District Office.

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Nearest City Uwharrie, NC
Address Moccasin Creek Road, Troy, NC 27371
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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.
Area Trail
Land National Forest
Rating Rating        
Recommended Stay Full Day
Square Miles 10
Miles Of Trail 20
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 250 to 800 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Mud The trail has some mud after it rains.Some
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some
Trees The trail has many trees.Many
Steep Hills This trail has some steep hills.Some
Water Crossings The trail has some water crossings.Some
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some
Permit Required Yes OHV Trail Pass
Dates Open April 1- December 15
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (99 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width No Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four Wheelers Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted
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 Required Yes required for dirt bike & ATV riders, not required for UTVs
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas (camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas (permitted in developed campsites only)
Night Riding Yes working headlights, brake lights & spark arrester are required
Cross Country Prohibited stay on designated trails
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas permitted at the Flintlock Shooting Range (910) 576-6391
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry ($0.00)
Riding Yes ($5.00 per OHV)
Season Pass - $30
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
First Aid First Aid 20-30 Miles (SW) Stanly Regional Medical Center (704) 984-4000
Gasoline Gasoline 1-5 Miles (N) Eldorado Outpost (910) 572-3474
Diesel Diesel 1-5 Miles (N) Eldorado Outpost (910) 572-3474
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (N) Uwharrie Hunt Campground (910) 576-6391
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (NW) Arrowhead Campground (910) 576-6391
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (NW) Arrowhead Campground (910) 576-6391
Primitive Camping Campground 1-5 Miles (N) Uwharrie Hunt Campground (910) 576-6391
Convenience Store Conv Store 1-5 Miles (N) Eldorado Outpost (910) 572-3474
Swimming Swim Area 1-5 Miles (W) Badin Lake
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (W) Badin Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 1-5 Miles (W) Cove Boat Ramp
Contact Info Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy. 24/27 East
Troy, NC 27371-9332
(910) 576-6391


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