- The byway begins in Lassiter Mill and travels along Route 1143 to its intersection of Route 1142 where Birkhead Wilderness ends.
- 14 miles (22 km)
- 25 minutes, but allow extra time to stop and see the attractions.
A 14-mile trek through the Uwharrie National Forest, the Birkhead Wilderness offers a plethora of opportunities for hiking amid the mountaintops.
Beginning in Lassiter Mill and running 14 miles through wildness on Route 1143, this byway offers the naturalist a reprieve from city life and the opportunities to connect with nature.
The Uwharrie National Forest consists of 4,800 acres of wilderness and has one of the most rugged terrains found in North Carolina's piedmont area. Old abandoned homesteads and mining areas of the past are tucked along the hiking trails, offering a glimpse into days gone by. The area is sparsely populated and consists mostly of wilderness and wide open spaces within a national preserve.
Points of Interest
Points of Interest Along The Way
American Classic Motorcycle Museum (NC)
There are six decades of the Harley Davidson American tradition included in this museum. The exhibits include a repair shop, diner, and gift store.
1170 US 64, west of Asheboro
Birkhead Mountain and Robbins Branch Trails (NC)
These are the trails that most visitors come to hike.
Call 336-576-6391 for a trail map.
The North Carolina Zoological Park Features 500 acres of North American as well as African habitat for animals from all over the world.
East of the byway off BUS 220.
Pisgah Covered Bridge (NC)
Visit one of North Carolina's last remaining covered bridges. It spans a creek joining the Little River, and offers a shady spot for a picnic and nature walk.
Just south of the byway in the Uwharrie National Forest on Pisgah Covered Bridge Road.
True Bluegrass (NC)
Located in Eleazer right off the Birkhead Route, this secluded bluegrass venue offers a unique atmosphere of an old string music pickin' session.
4769 Burney Mill Road, Troy, NC 27371.