Thursday, February 22, 2018

Outdoor Recreation

Lakes | Rivers | Cycling | Equestrian | Shooting | Hiking/Birding | Golf

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Water sports are plentiful in the Uwharrie chain of lakes—Badin Lake, Lake Tillery, Blewett Falls, High Rock Lake, Falls Reservoir, and Tuckertown Reservoir.


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Canoe or kayak the Central Park rivers: Uwharrie, Rocky, Little, Bear Creek, Deep, Yadkin, and Pee Dee rivers.

The Yadkin-Pee Dee river basin is full of history, from Daniel Boone's hunting grounds along the Yadkin shore to the place where Tom Dooley was buried after his hanging in 1868.  And there are tales of Indians, lots of Indians.  The Yadkin-Pee Dee River Valley is believed to be the site of a major Indian settlement.  Some signs of those early settlers remain in large, V-shaped fish traps that face downstream and can be seen where the river is low (one is located below Huntsville and the Hwy 64 access area, another was recently uncovered outside Franklinville).

White settlers, who followed the Indians, also used the Yadkin for travel and trade in the early 1700's.  Although some sections of its muddy waters churn and trip, the Yadkin is basically a lazy river that meanders along its course and belies its history as a strong trading route.  This pastoral, scenic river is one the whole family can enjoy.

The Yadkin River  snakes southward to from Davidson County's western border opening into High Rock Lake.  From High Rock the River passes through Tuckertown,Narrows and Falls dams before joining the Uwharrie river.  The junction of the Uwharrie and the Yadkin marks the end of the Yadkin and the beginning of the Pee Dee River .  

The Rocky River begins north of Charlotte near Mooresville. It flows southeast before swinging toward the east to join the Pee Dee River below Lake Tillery. It drains a watershed of about 1,500 square miles. Reed Gold Mine, location of the first authenticated discovery of gold in the United States, is on Little Meadow Creek, a tributary 5 miles north of the Section 1 put-in. In 1799, a 17-pound nugget was found in the creek. The mine has been preserved as a state historic site and is open to the public.

The Deep River begins west of Greensboro and above High Point. It flows southeast passing near Asheboro and turning east near High Falls, one of many small mill towns built on the banks of the Deep. It forms the border between Chatham and Lee Counties, and below Moncure the Deep meets the Haw to form the Cape Fear.

Also be sure to visit Grassy Island, a remote area of the state that offers access to unique river marshes with an abundance of wildlife along the Pee Dee river.  Grassy Island is best accessed by boat from Mountain Creek Boat Landing in Richmond County.

Planning a trip to NC's Central Park? Need to have an excursion ready and waiting for your arrival in Central Park? Uwharrie Tours specializes in a variety of exciting torus and excursions in the Uwharries. With an array of options, it makes planning your vacation getaway that much easier.

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Central Park Cycling

There are over 350 miles of rural roads to explore in North Carolina's Central Park and over 60 miles of mountain bike trails.  Central Park NC has something to offer every cyclist whether it be a leisurely ride or an epic adventure.  For more information, get a copy of Road Biking North Carolina by Judi Lawson Wallace, available in paperback from Falcon Press, 2003. Goto our area map to see some of the trails in our region.



There are several equestrian centers throughout the Central Park region.  For more information, goto our area map to see some of the equestrian centers and horseback riding trails.



There are some facilities for the shooting enthusiast to visit.  For more information, goto our area map.



If you want to go for a hike or do some birding, this is a great place to visit. Goto the area map to find out more.



Central Park NC is well-known for its diverse and quite numerous golf courses. Our area map will get you started.