Canebrake Horse Camp lies in the Badin Lake Recreation Area, a hub for outdoor activities in central North Carolina's Uwharrie National Forest. The facility is a scenic and restful overnight spot with both single and double campsites and numerous amenities for equestrian camping, though it is not exclusive to visitors with horses.
Campers will delight in nearly 40 miles of forested horseback riding trails as well as hiking, off-road vehicle riding, mountain biking, swimming, fishing and boating opportunities in the area. The campground is open year-round.
This campground offers many conveniences for horse campers, including a horse washing station, hitching racks, tack tables, parking spurs for horse trailers and direct access to trails.
Campsites are arranged around two loops. Each site is equipped with an electric hookup, picnic table, grill, campfire ring and lantern post, and many sites are shaded. The facility also provides drinking water, showers, flush toilets and a centrally-located dump station.
A location closure has been issued, and the facility is closed at this time as we work on the water system. Reservation-holders will receive an email with additional information. Please check back for location closure updates. The facility should be reopened on Dec. 10, 2022.
Throughout the year the Uwharrie National Forest performs prescribed burns. Some of these burns will be next to and around this recreation facility and may cause smokey conditions during the actual burning and for the days following the burns. Sometimes we do not make a decision until the very morning that we will be able to do the burn due to weather and staffing. If you have questions about the prescribed burning possibility please call the Uwharrie National Forest Ranger District office at 910-576-6391 for updated information.
Rates do not reflect pass discounts. Single Sites = $27/night; Double Sites = $54/night.
For Access or Senior Access Pass card holders, discounts only apply on the campsite fee on single sites. A person with an Access or Senior Access Pass can only get a discount on the actual campsite they are camping in. The pass holder cannot get discounts on multiple sites for the same dates. No discount on double sites. No discount off of electrical surcharge.
Electrical hookup surcharges are not discounted. With pass, the total fee with discounts: Single Site $10 campsite fee + $7 surcharge = $17.
Campers must pay electric surcharge at all sites with electric hookups, whether or not they use electricity.
There are no water or sewer hookups at this campground. There is a dumpstation for potable water fillup and dumping of gray water.
Sites 9 and 22 are always non-reservable for first come/first serve campers who have to pay camping fees on-site.
Alcohol is Prohibited
Fireworks are Prohibited
Off-highway vehicles allowed on designated trails only from Apr. 1 to Dec. 15; trail passes required for these trails. The sites in this campground are specifically designed for horse camping. If you do not have a horse please reserve a campsite at one of the other campgrounds if they are available.
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 trails outside of the campground. Keep children and pets under control in the campground. Do Not approach people's campsites, horses or pets without their permission.
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Canebrake lies in a quiet 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. Weather is pleasant in spring and fall, with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
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.
The equestrian trail system is extensive, with miles of forested paths wandering through forests, over hills and across streams. The trails can be accessed from Canebrake using the Home Trail, which skirts the campground. Trails range from easy to difficult, accommodating riders of every level.
The recreation area also offers many ways to enjoy the lake. Campers can spend the afternoon swimming, boating or fishing for bass, bream, crappie and catfish on the water.
Back on land, off-road vehicle enthusiasts have access to 17 miles of trails, and hunters and hikers can explore the surrounding national forest.
Uwharrie National Forest 789 Biscoe Road TROY NC 27371
616 McLeans Creek Road Troy NC 27371
For campground inquiries, please call: 910-576-6391 X 0
The address is 616 McLeans Creek Road, Troy, NC 27371. From Troy, North Carolina, take State Highway 109 north for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Mullinix Road (State Highway 1154) and travel approximately 1.5 miles to a stop sign and "T" intersection. Turn right, and travel about 0.25 mile to the campground on the right.