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Badin Lake Rec. Area

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

An abundant varity of trail terriain can be found here. These trails can range from moderate elevation changing singletrack to aggressive and strenuous hill climbs followed by rock garden downhills and viceversa. The trails are what true cross-country mtn. biking is about. Washed-out +/-foot ruts, plenty of log hops, switchback uphills/downhills, stream crossings, hard-pack, silty soft-pack, solid/loose rock gardens, exposed roots, spiderwebs, you name it. Most of the trails here are not for a beginner.(Note: You will be sharing the majority of these trails w/ horse riders. In the past six times riding the trails, I have encountered horse riders twice. They have been friendly and cooperative in letting me pass. Always walk by a horse w/ your bike.) Looking at the map provided doesn't quite do justice for trailheads, etc. Your best bet is to obtain a Badin Lake Trail Map. I picked mine up @ Middle Ring Bike Shop in downtown Albermarle, NC. The map is worth getting.
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dirtdracer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode these trails back in early May and boy were they muddy. These trails are pretty much owned by the horses, not the mtn. bikers. Because of the horses these trails have huge mud pits through out this trail system. Most of these mud pits were not passable by mtn. bikers. Unless of course you like carrying your bike more than you do riding it. Now if the summer continues to be dry and actually dries out theses massive mud pits then these trails may be ridable. These trails are also poorly marked. Some of the trails aren't even on the trail map.

Recommended Route:
I would not recommend these trails until IMBA does some more work out their to make these more passable and more fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I would recommend the Keyauwee/Supertree trail.



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Review Date
September 10, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: crankspanker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good times had by all. Enjoyed every trail I rode on. The trails here are definately aggressive. Plenty of things to keep your eyes and true cross country riding skills alive. I believe that this area of Uwharrie Forest has the riding attitude that Supertree/Keyawee are missing. Had to "hike n bike" a couple times on two trails, but that's all part of xc ridin'. I highly recommend picking up a trail map as stated in the review. I covered approx. 15 miles and encounted one horse rider and two hikers. The trails were marked w/ paint and named. If your tired of the same old clean and pretty trails, get your butt out here and see what your made of.

Recommended Route:
off of sr1153 onto #576. i followed this until i passed road #553, then i drove passed a field on right. immediately after the field, there is a trailhead on the right. i parked at the mound of dirt off the road and entered here. about 50 yrds. into trail, i veered right out of the treeline and into a field. followed the trail back into the woods where the true singletrack started. there are a lot of turns and trails, so it's best to have the trail map handy or a GPS device. if not, just rough-it and have a blast!



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