The Uwharrie National Forest and surrounding area are rich with activities and attractions for a weekend getaway. Fill your belly with a delicious breakfast, hit the off-roading trails of Uwharrie, grab a bite for dinner, rest your head, and explore with this thrilling ATV off-roading adventure in North Carolina.
For the best experience, start your day with a hearty, delicious breakfast. The Breakfast Nook is a cozy spot open early from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. for Southern-style breakfast foods. Enjoy a home-cooked, warm meal with a cup of coffee to wake you up. The service is fast and friendly.
Closest to the Triangle area, Uwharrie National Forest is a perfect location for off-roading. A total of 17 miles in trails for ATV use, licensed vehicles can explore the outdoors on wheels. The Uwharrie National Forest trails are open to riders April through December of every year. The Badin Lake OHV Trail Complex is complete with several different trails ranging in difficulty. The Falls Dam Trail, approximately three miles in total, is a moderate trail that offers beautiful views of the national park.
So, it’s been a long day and now you’re starving, right? Fill up at the Log Cabin Bar-B-Que. At this cozy establishment, they have everything from chopped barbecue sandwiches with hush puppies, to hearty burgers, to chuckwagon steak. You won’t walk out of here hungry.
After your day out, rest at the Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club. This three-star hotel has free parking. A historical site, the Badin Inn was previously a boarding house transformed into a hotel in the early 1900s. Included in your stay to make it comfortable is air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. As well an in-room kitchen, guests have the option for free breakfast and access to the bar and restaurant. The Badin Inn is a beautiful place to stay after a day of off-roading.
If shooting is something that interests you, the next morning would be well spent visiting the Flintlock Valley Shooting Range. This location is open year-round, and offers a 25-yard pistol range as well as a 100-yard rifle range. Be sure to purchase a pass in advance as they are not sold on site. Bring eye protection, hearing protection, and targets.