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Photo: ARROWHEAD CAMPGROUND: A large central bath house with showers and restrooms
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Arrowhead Campground lies in the Badin Lake Recreation Area, a hub for outdoor activities in central North Carolina's Uwharrie National Forest. The variety of sites in the campground offer a comfortable stay for both RV and tent campers. The facility is open year-round and provides easy access to hiking, off-road vehicle riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing and boating.

Natural Features:

The campground lies in a dense forest of pine, oak and hickory near the shore of 5,000-acre Badin Lake.

Winter temperatures range from the low 30s to upper 50s, while summer brings temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s and high humidity. The weather is pleasant in spring and fall, with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s.


Badin Lake Recreation Area offers many ways for campers to enjoy the lake. Popular activities include picnicking on the shore or swimming, boating or fishing on the water. About 40 miles of non-motorized trails are available for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking, as well as 17 miles of motorized trails for off-road vehicle riding. The surrounding land offers both big and small game hunting.


Campsites are organized into one large loop with plenty of space for RVs or tents at each site. A few tent-only sites are situated on a smaller loop to the side of the main campground. Electrical hookups (50-amp, 30-amp or 110-volt outlets) are available at sites 12-45. Most sites are accessible.

Sites are equipped with picnic tables, tent pads, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. The facility also provides hot showers and flush toilets. A dump station is located across from the pay station. A campground host is available for visitor assistance.

Nearby Attractions:

A theme park with a petting zoo, nature center and mini golf course lies just under an hour away and makes a fun day trip for families.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Disc Golf
  • Dock
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fuel Available
  • Horse Rentals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Outfitter Guide Services
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Vending Machines
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups)
  • For Access or Senior Access Cards holders discounts only applies on the campsite fee
  • Electrical hookup surcharges are not discounted; Total fee with discounts are: Single site=7.5 campsite fee + $5 surcharge=$12.5. Double site= $15 campsite + $10 surcharge=$25 per day
  • Gate remains open at all times
  • Off-highway vehicles allowed on designated trails only from Apr. 1 to Dec. 15; passes required for these trails
  • Consideration of fellow campers is appreciated; for safety purposes, please keep off-highway vehicle use (including golf carts, dirt bikes, and other unlicensed vehicles) to designated roads and trails outside of the campground.
  • No alcohol allowed in facility
  • Campsites 43, 44 and 45 are paved but dome tents and mattresses are recommended
  • If tent camping, tents can be set up in the wooded area around all campsites
  • Campers must pay surcharge at all sites with electric hookups, whether or not they use electricity
  • Click here to learn more about the National Forests in North Carolina
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.43917, -80.07056
35°26'21"N, 80°4'14"W

From Troy, North Carolina, take State Highway 109 north for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Mullinix Road (County Highway 1154), and travel approximately 1.5 miles to a stop sign and "T" intersection. Turn right, and go approximately 2 miles to another stop sign and "T" intersection. Turn left and travel about 2 miles, following the signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

EAST TROY  NC  27371

Phone Number:

Information:  (910)576-6391
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