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Badin Lake Trail #94

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Trail

5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 226' 69 m
Descent: -226' -69 m
High: 634' 193 m
Low: 511' 156 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

Take this trail to enjoy a great tour of Badin Lake.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Description

From the parking lot, head north along the lakeshore. From here, the trail is pretty straightforward as it travels along the edge of the lake. Along the way, there are multiple spots to slip into the water or stop for a break. For the first few miles, the only time you leave the shore is to avoid the campgrounds that are on the peninsulas.

Eventually, the trail rounds the final peninsula and you begin to head south. Soon, the bay to your left slowly shrinks to the size of a small creek. From here, the trail rises and carves its way through the hills.

As you close in on the end of the trail you'll cross a few horse trails. Things get a bit complicated as you come toward Cove Road and the trail turns west. The Badin Lake Trail splits around the campground. Stay to the left for the most direct line, and soon you'll be back where you started.

Flora & Fauna

Herons, eagles, osprey, woodpecker, and other cool birds can all be found here.

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Sep 4, 2019
Erin Fleming
Mar 28, 2019
Jennifer Wicker
Mar 16, 2019
Sebastian Diaz
5.4mi — 9h 30m
Dec 24, 2018
Missy Jaskolka
6.3mi
Aug 26, 2018
ZooMan Adventures
Felt longer than 5.4 miles...took a long time. I think we entered the Twilight Zone!
Jun 16, 2018
Joshua Francis
did the entire loop with a 9, 8, 5 & 4 year olds. was a bit much for the kids but overall a great hike. 5.4mi
May 13, 2018
Rose Stromberg
Populated water area. Good for hike and fish 5.4mi

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  3.5 from 4 votes

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#139

in North Carolina

#3,854

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Calm waters at the end of the lake
Jan 28, 2018 near Badin, NC
Lapping waves create "tomato soup" on the shoreline
Jan 28, 2018 near Badin, NC
Rocky shore on the lake
Jan 28, 2018 near Badin, NC
Twisted oak in winter
Jan 28, 2018 near Badin, NC

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