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Short loop of 2.5 miles can be hiked as well as the entire 5.6 mile trail. The trail was constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps in 1979 and 1980. High water levels cause some stretches to get boggy, especially near the creeks that empty into the lake. Backpackers looking for a waterfront camping experience will find it here. It is a great place to camp and fish from the shore. Easy access and gentle terrain make the Badin Lake Trail a good choice for family hikes. Keep an eye out for the bald eagles that fly over the lake. Evidence of past gold mining can be seen along the trail. Badin Lake Trail ties into the Dutch John trail which goes 3.4 miles to FS 553. Access to the Badin Lake Trail can be made at the Badin Lake Campground.Directions
From hwy 109 North of Uwharrie follow signs to Badin Lake and Cove Boat Ramp and Picnic Area.Highlights
The Badin Lake Trail is a loop trail that follows the shore of Badin Lake for half its distance, then loops back through hardwood forest to Cove Boat Ramp. The trail skirts coves of Badin Lake and offers scenic views of the lake. The area has abundant cedars, mosses, and wild flowers.