- This Byway is located in and about Uwharrie National Forest
- 5 miles (8 km)
- 10 minutes
The Flint Hill Ramble weaves its path through the Uwharrie National Forest. It sweeps past Jumping Off Rock, a cliff that peers out over rippling blue waters, pierces through the little town of Ophir (once a gold mining boom town) and is enveloped in trees and wilderness.
Flint Hill Ramble takes Route 1306 in the town of Ophir and continues to its terminus at the intersection with Lovejoy Road (Route 1310).
For the adventurous at heart, this Byway offers ample opportunities for hiking and biking. Also, Badin Lake makes a cool stop for an afternoon of boating pleasures or pitching a tent under the crisp night sky.
Points of Interest
Points of Interest Along The Way
Jumping Off Rock (NC)
Just off the byway, travelers will find a rocky bluff overlooking a cascading stream. This point is known as Jumping Off Rock and offers a scenic stop for visitors on the byway. Although the name is suggested, it is not recommended that travelers jump off Jumping Off Rock.
This place is located midway on the byway.
Morrow Mountain State Park (NC)
Morrow Mountain State Park was established in 1935 on land given to the state by James McKnight Morrow. The park has more than 30miles of hiking and equestrian trails open to the public.
Visit the restored residence of Dr. Francis Joseph Kron who had a medical practice here in the early 1800s. Until that time, the mountain had been called Naked Mountain because a tornado stripped the mountain bare.
There are three mountain peaks-- Sugarloaf Mountain, Mill Mountain, and Tater Top Mountain-- all of which are less than 1,050feet high and part of the Uwharrie Mountain Range. These mountainswere created in a prehistoric collision between the African and North American continents. They are considered to be the oldest mountains on this continent.
From the upper parking lot, visitors can capture the panoramic view of Badin Lake to the north and Lake Tillery to the south.
West end of the Uwharrie National Forest between Lake Tillery and Badin Lake.
Uwharrie National Forest (NC)
As one of four National Forests in North Carolina, the Uwharrie National Forest holds many natural treasures. Many lifelong North Carolina residents are unfamiliar with the little Uwharries. As remnants of an ancient chain of island volcanoes that were active some 600 million years ago, these peaks once exceeded 10,000 feet in elevation.
The Uwharrie National Forest is located in central North Carolina.
Uwharrie National Forest Badin Lake Recreational Area (NC)
The Uwharrie National Forest Badin Lake Recreational Area offers all the standard outdoor recreational activities to visitors.Several boat landings are available along Badin Lake, and visitors are welcome to try fishing, boating, camping, swimming, and picnicking along the lake. The area features Arrowhead Campground of 50 car/tent campsites, paved parking, a two mile perimeter loop trail, and a beautiful new bathhouse.
Located on NC 109, north of the Uwharrie River.
Uwharrie National Recreational Trail (NC)
The Uwharrie Trail is the longest hiking trail east of the NorthCarolina mountains. The trail provides a beautiful walk through the Uwharrie National Forest where hikers will see ridges, streams, and rocky summits. Hikers may also find old abandoned houses, cemeteries, and gold mines along the trail.
The trailhead to the Uwharrie Trail is found on the byway.