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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +140/125 ft
Total: 16 riders

Mountain Biking Badin Lake Trail

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#328 of 536 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#11,670 in the world

The trail is mostly singletrack with some wide spots. Follow the white blaze markings on the trees. From the campground area, the trail will take you generally north following the ridgeline up to King's Mountain Point. The trail then cuts along Badin Lake, around King's Mountain Point and back down the lake to the boat ramp near the start of the trail. From the boat ramp, follow the wood stairs up the hill to the parking area. The trail needs a lot of work after a rough winter, but there are some great views and lots of connections to other trails in the area. You definitely want to try it all, but may want to take a weekend to do them all. The Uwharrie trails are approximately 20 mintues south and are also a definite must ride!

First added by cltadams on Mar 19, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Bojangle's at the intersection of Bilhen Street and Albermarle Road in Troy, NC, drive North on S. Bilhen Street for approximately 3/4 mile. turn slight left onto |Eldorado Street (NC 109 N) and drive approximately 8.5 miles. Turn left onto Reservation Road and drive 1/2 mile and turn right onto Moccasin Creek Road (US Forest Service Road 576). Continue on Moccasin Creek Road for 3 miles and turn right at Badin Lake Road ( US Forest Service Road 597). Drive approximately 1/2 mile and take the first left onto Cove Road (US Forest Service Road 597 B). Drive approximately 1/4 mile and turn right into the campground area. The trail head starts just past the campground check-in board/ trail map on the right hand side. Parking is free in the day use parking area, but do not park at the campsites unless you are staying there and pay for it.
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  • Christopher Meneses

    Would give zero starts if I could. There are many miles of Multi-use trails out in Badin lake that are marked for mtb use, but they are definitely not safe for bikers. So poorly maintained that none of the trails were rideable. There were also clear signs that logs and rocks were intentionally placed to keep bikes from the trails. It had been a while since any reviews were done of the area so I figured the poor reviews might be dated, but they were not.

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  • jahwarrior

    The trails at Badin lake are HORRIFIC.
    The trail shown in the map above, is not a biking trail, it's a hiking trail. There are many trails in the Badin lake recreational area for bike traffic, but they are not only poorly maintained, they are poorly designed/constructed. very rocky, very rooty, hard to follow the trail, confusing, overgrown, just a poor experience. We went a half mile down one before turning around and loading the bikes back into the truck to go to the Uwharrie trails. (which are better for sure)

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  • jmessick

    The Baden Lake trail map show Badin Lake Traikl (Trail #90 on the map) as being an "Easy" 5.6 mile loop. The trail leaves is accessible from Arrowhead Campground, and the trailhead is marked as open to hikers and bikes. There is also a $5/day trail use fee.

    This was the least fun and most unridable trail I've ever ridden, and I've ridden a lot of places. Of course there are sections which can be ridden, but many that are not due to roots, extreme rocky sections, and other features which are not rideable, at least my most mortals.

    We actually bailed out about the 4 mile mark and took the park roads back to our car. There are many other trails in the area which may be better, but this trail is only suitable for hiking.

    To be fair, the downloadable map list this as being a hiking trail, but I trusted the official park sign at the trailhead. Please trust me and check out some of the other trails in the area.

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