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Photo: BADIN LAKE GROUP CAMP: Meadow at entrance
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Badin Lake Group Camp offers a fun, relaxing place for clubs, families and other groups to rest and play in the Uwharrie National Forest of central North Carolina. The recreation area is a hub for outdoor activities such as hiking, off-road vehicle riding, hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing and boating. The group campground is open year-round and can accommodate groups of up to 50 people per site.

Natural Features:

The campground lies in a dense forest of pines and hardwoods 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.


Groups have easy access to many recreational opportunities at Badin Lake Recreation Area. The lake shore is the perfect place to watch the sunset or enjoy an afternoon picnic. The lake has plenty of calm water for swimming, boating or fishing for bass, bream, crappie and catfish. King's Mountain Point, just 1 mile from the group camp, has four accessible fishing piers, miles of shoreline and a nice swimming area. A boat ramp is located 2 miles from the campground.

Back on land, 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.


Badin Lake Group Camp offers three campsites for up to 50 people each, organized around a single loop. Each site has tables, grills and tent pads. The facility is equipped with flush toilets, vault toilets, showers and drinking water. The facility does not offer electrical hookups or a dump station.

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
  • Baseball Fields
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Showers
  • Soccer Fields
  • Softball Fields
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • Bed(s)
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Creek Access
  • Dock
  • Dump Station
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing
  • Fuel Available
  • Horseback Riding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Pay Phone
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming
  • Vending Machines
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • No hookups available
  • 50 people per campsite; the entire campground can accommodate up to 150 people; larger groups can reserve more than one campsite
  • No alcohol allowed in facility
  • 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 walk-in camping allowed; by reservation only
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  • Don’t Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.45139, -80.07278
35°27'5"N, 80°4'22"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 right, then make a quick left, following signs to the Badin Lake Group Camp.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TROY  NC  27371

Phone Number:

Project Office: (910)576-6391
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