The best camping near Uwharrie National Forest

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The Dancing Pig On Abbotts Creek

3 sites · Lodging, Tents24 acres · Lexington, NC
A small homestead on the bank of Abbotts Creek near where it feeds into High Rock Lake. Peace and solitude , but close to the amenities of town. Less than a five minute drive to the grocery store, and less than a fifteen minute drive to uptown Lexington. Public access for kayaks is less than half a mile away. And the view is unbelievable! We’re currently undergoing changes! Check out our new camping platform, and stay tuned for a new, upcoming bell tent site. We have a corn hole board and bags now available for use, as well as a few other yard games. Please let us know if you are interested in using them. The edible landscape is available for you to enjoy. Check here for what is currently available. 5/16/24 Update Herbs- rosemary, thyme, sage, chives, mint, oregano, catmint Onions Eggs Strawberries Kale Rainbow Chard Beets Radish Radicchio
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The New Forest

4 sites · RVs, Tents82 acres · New London, NC
Located in Uwharrie National Forest, the New Forest features open meadows among stands of pine and mixed hardwoods. Campsites are far apart, each unique and offer the opportunity to commune with nature, and experience camping like it should be, emersed in nature with the opportunity to disconnect from the trappings of our modern, hectic world. This area is one of the richest archeological areas in the entire southeast United States. The location of the first real gold rush, and rich in folklore and bootlegging history, old homesteads and family graveyards are scattered among the hills. Old roadbeds and logging trails abound in the 800 acres of Uwharrrie National Forest directly adjacent to the New Forest Property making for miles of hiking opportunities, wildlife viewing, birdwatching. A 3/4 mile hike to the Taylor Family graveyard is marked with ribbons to guide you to one of the of the many family graveyards. *** A new fun feature for kids is the introduction of our dear friend Debbie Beasley"s art to the trails here in the New Forest. Scattered along the many trails are rocks painted by the one and only Debbie Beasley with cute fluorescent/3-D scenes of nature. Children can keep them as souvenirs from their New Forest camping adventure, or enjoy them while here then re-hide them for other children to find. ❤️ Come see for yourself. If you are looking for a modern, crowded campground this isn't it. However if you want a beautiful, rustic experience in nature, with a few basic amenities and with access to Uwharrie National Forest come see what others have enjoyed so much.
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Camping with a Full Kitchen

13 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents37 acres · Albemarle, NC
I've lived here all my life (since 1972)!Very cool, beautiful, laid-back property with lots of room to make yourself at home!Please come enjoy!!
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Hidden Oasis At High Rock Lake

4 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Lexington, NC
A breathe of fresh air. Hidden Oasis consists at the present 4 campsites safe and secluded in the woods, but close enough to town. Gravel drive into campsites with parking at the site. Shared Water hydrants for fresh water, bathroom with flushable toilet and outdoor shower with hot water. Shared Pavilion with ample seating, charcoal grill , refrigerator and sink with hot water, and a few cooking and eating utensils located within short distance of sites. Bring your own tent or rent one . Firewood available for purchase ..MOTORCYCLES welcome. Stay for one night or a week. Look forward to meeting you!
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North 40

10 sites · RVs, Tents57 acres · Norwood, NC
Learn more about this land:In this 40 acre track there are 2 hay fields, pasture, and forrest. From any area you camp🏕 the pond🏞, with fish, is in walking distance, so is a beautiful clear stream. ****Did I mention that this stream empties into Lake Tillary, yep, that is right. We are within walking distance to Lake Tillary and less than 5 mins to the boat landing. You may bring your boat and park it here while you camp. SPECIAL NOTE: There are animals here that you may pet once you have been properly introduced. You may bring your pets as long as they are vaccinated and behaved. If they fight with other animals or chase chickens or ducks you may want to test this upon your arrival. Unfortunately, you must keep them on leash at all times. Our County does have a leash law, and should property🌱🌹🌻🚜🚗📬🗑or animals🦌🐂🐏🐐🐰🦃🦆 be damaged or harmed you will be held responsible. For example, if your dog kills a chicken, you buy the chicken🐓🐔🐥. If they harm a horse🐎 or donkey🐴, you are responsible for ALL vet fees. Also, be aware we have coyotes, osprey, hawks, as any rural area does. Small animals must be suprevised. We are not responsible for acts of nature. The barn is beautiful and you are welcome to take photos, however, you are NOT permitted in the barn without supervision. Absolutley NO smoking or fire near the barn. It is over 100 years old and built by my great grand family and is irreplaceable. SPECIAL FEATURE: As I am just beginning the camp on site experience I offer several options and additional services. #1. Some find out after arriving that I teach NC Concealed Carry Handgun Classes. If you wish to participate in a class, it is preferred that you register before the day of the class. I will post classes on this site so that campers will know there will be shooting in the late afternoon. Some chose to camp on other weekends, some choose to go out to eat during those times, and some don't mind either way. #2. I am also much in favor of work for camp site. Some have asked to do clean up or other small jobs for the priviledge to camp. So far this has worked out well, with one exception. Please do not accept an offer to take on a task that you do not know how to do. Example, pulling weeds or trimming if you do not know what a weed verses flower looks like. LOL #3. There is plenty of firewood, see photos, here laying around and some trees down that will make great firewood (bring your own cutting tools.) We also sell firewood by the bundle. #4. Being a camper here gives you the privilege of fresh veggies and fruits that are in season, as well as fresh free range eggs. MAJOR POINT: You must remember this is a working farm and our duties and responsibilities for the farm come first. No! the roosters don't have an off button, neither does the jacka... donkey! When it is hay cutting time, we will cut hay. If you want to hike the property, feel free, know the boundaries and bring a machete to cut your way by the creek/stream in some areas. We have thistle trees and briars, you are welcome to cut all you wish as you go. There are spiders, bugs, and snakes etc. Black snakes, king snakes, runners, and whip snakes belong here and we ask that you do not kill them. Copperheads are here as qell and if you see one, come get me and I will dispatch it for you. .
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Uwharrie Basecamp

1 site · RV, Tent25 acres · Troy, NC
The base camp is nestled in the heart of Uwharrie National Forest, conveniently positioned across from the Eldorado Outpost, which serves as the permitting center and recreational hub for the Uwharrie area. Directly across from the base camp, you'll find fuel, a restaurant, and all necessary camping provisions, all within easy walking distance. Our base camp offers several designated areas for boondocking or setting up a full overland camp. Additionally, an onsite fresh water hydrant is available to refill personal camp supplies, ensuring your convenience and comfort throughout your stay.
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The Uwharrie Hideout

4 sites · Tents10 acres · Troy, NC
Reopening January 1, 2024 for guests. We appreciate your patience while making improvements and plan to reopen as soon as the hunting season ends. Enjoy some outdoors time while staying close. We will gladly answer any questions you might have about us or the surrounding Uwharrie Mountains. Thanks for checking us out.
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Terrapin Trails

1 site · RV, Tent22 acres · New London, NC
Just shy of 23 acres, Terrapin Trails is a secluded piece of nature that offers a private and peacful environment . It is located approximately 3 miles from the Uwharrie National Forest, Badin lake and the Eldorado Outpost. So bring your RV, Jeep, quads, side by sides, boats or horses and enjoy hours of outdoor recreation. Additional info; The Outpost offers OHV & Jeep trail passes, supplies, trail maps and food.
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The Farm at Long Creek

1 site · Tent73 acres · Gold Hill, NC
Campsite situated on 73 acres of lush privacy at the foothills of the Uwharrie National Forest. Enjoy hiking on the extensive trails or fishing and canoeing in the pond. Crystal clear, large flowing creek gently winds through the property. Abundant wildlife including deer, turkey, opossum, raccoon, skunk - even the occasional bear, coyote, and wild boar have been caught on game cameras. Only 1 hour from Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, yet feels like a world away. Minutes from Tuckertown Reservoir and Badin Lake. To ensure your privacy and solitude, only one booking is available at a time. Tents only please; as the road to the campsite is narrow and. AWD or 4WD may be required during wet weather. Cars that are low to the ground are not recommended. We have table and chairs, fire pit, water, trash bin, toilet, a canoe and noodles to use in pond.
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Shadow Hill Farm

6 sites · RVs, Tents134 acres · Jackson Springs, NC
Well, my land is large with a beautiful stream flowing the property line. Tall hard woods mixed with pines and a huge pasture for looking at stars at night. There is a known Indian grave yard located here and the spirits show up in photos.Learn more about this land:If you want to get away and be near the Uharrie mountains and Badin Lake and Lake Tillery we are located 30 min from the Uharrie Mountains and access to the lakes. Fishing, boating, horse riding, hiking some of NC best kept secrets. Enjoy farm life on a real working farm or stay hidden in a remote area of the farm.  Minutes away from the golfing capitol of the south....Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen NC  134 acres with a rambling creek running thru the property.  Tall pines and hardwoods with wild flowering spring bushes.  deer and wild turkeys love  this place.  Bathrooms and shower . Pack your trash out
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Old Whitney camp

1 site · RV2 acres · Badin, NC
Private camp surrounded by pines, less than a mile from nearest boat ramp.. Level, room for 3 tents, or a camper and a tent….part of the camp will always be in shade. This camp would be best enjoyed with a kayak, canoe, or some other water vessel that could be launched nearby. This is not waterfront but it is very close and convenient. That said, it could also be enjoyed by someone who just wants to be away from the city and enjoy the stars, it is a relatively dark sky out there.
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The Barn Loft

2 sites · Lodging55 acres · Oakboro, NC
Escape from the City and indulge in the farm life and stay in the Barn Loft Surrounded by all of the animals! Enjoy the outdoor Shower after playing in the creek. Wake up to views of the pasture of rescue horses. In the loft we have provided all of the must haves to make your evening as comfortable as possible, WiFi, TV, comfy bed, couch and table. Visit the coffee Bar and enjoy a nice cup of coffee on the balcony, while watching the farm life at its best. Bring your horses and trail ride on the 55 acres or ask about a guided tour horseback or on the side by side.
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Bring your ATV, dirt bike or off-road vehicle for fun in this small national forest. Trails are clearly marked, and watching off-roaders climb the rocks on the 390 trail is a religious experience.

If you rather rely on human power, there are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails. You can also bring your horse. (Some equestrian and ATV trails overlap, so be careful!)

Badin Lake features catfish, bass, and crappie. Fish from your boat or a fishing pier—Or come on weekends from March through October for bass-fishing tournaments. Deer, turkey and squirrel hunting are also available during their seasons—Don't forget your license!

At the Arrowhead Campground, 33 of the 50 sites have electrical hookups for RVs. The Canebrake horse camp and Uwharrie hunting camp are open year-round for specialized camping. You'll have to hike in with your tent for the hunt camp. At Badin Lake, try for a lakeside spot!

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