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Uwharrie OHV Trail System

Friday, May 17, 2019

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 StatusOpen

This place is very popular for Jeeps because the rugged trails consist of steep and chunky climbs, deep ruts, seasonal mud pits and a few shallow stream crossings. The 20 mile trail system is primarily geared for 4x4s and four wheelers but all vehicle types including dirt bikes are permitted.

Free primitive camping with direct trail access can be found at Art Lilley Campground. The campground is graded with loose gravel and sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. Amenities include a vault toilet, unloading ramp and garbage cans but no running water. There are several full service campgrounds nearby including Arrowhead Campground and Badin Lake Campground but they do not provide direct OHV access so unless street legal, machines need to be hauled to and from the staging areas.

There are 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.

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Nearest CityUwharrie, NC
AddressMoccasin 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.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
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
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostlytrails and gravel access roads are very dusty during dry weather
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
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
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
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
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 and 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 and spark arrester required
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
FirearmsSome Areaspermitted at the Flintlock Shooting Range (910) 576-6391
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


EntryYes ($5.00 per vehicle)
Daily OHV Pass - $5; Season Pass - $30
CommentNo fee charged for camping at Art Lilley Campground but a valid trail pass is required.


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 - Uwharrie Ranger District
789 NC Hwy. 24/27 East
Troy, NC 27371-9332
(910) 576-6391


Uwharrie OHV Trail Photo

Uwharrie OHV Trail System

Photo Submitted 1/1/2018 (Thanks!)

Uwharrie OHV Trail Photo

4x4 Jeep with alloy rims and PIAA lights climbing a rocky section of trail.

Photo Submitted 12/7/2011 (Thanks!)

Uwharrie OHV Trail Photo

Red Chevy pickup truck with offroad tires and black alloy rims on a rocky dirt trail with a woman nearby.

Photo Submitted 7/30/2012 (Thanks!)

Uwharrie OHV Trail Photo

Black Jeep with a spare tire on the back going through the woods.

Photo Submitted 9/24/2012 (Thanks!)

Uwharrie OHV Trail Photo

Hard top gray Jeep 4x4 with a GoodYear spare tire and custom rims on a rocky dirt road.

Photo Submitted 9/24/2012 (Thanks!)

Uwharrie OHV Trail Photo

Toyota 4Runner navigating some rocks.

Photo Submitted 9/25/2011 (Thanks!)

Uwharrie OHV Trail Photo

Dark green 4x4 Jeep Wrangler with a winch on the front bumper navigating large rocks.

Photo Submitted 1/1/2018 (Thanks!)

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