West of Troy, the Uwharrie National Recreation Trail winds 21 miles over the Piedmont range ridgeline through hardwood and pine forest. The Uwharrie National Recreation Trail offers a variety of scenery, streams and rocky climbs. The trail can be hiked in long or short sections, as the trail crosses several access points. The trail is marked with white blazes.
To reach the southern trailhead from Troy, head southwest on SR109 for 6 miles. Turn west on SR24/27 for 9 miles and use the trailhead parking on the right. The trail end Trailhead parking is on SR 1306, 2 miles east of Ophir.
The 9.5 mile Dutchmans Creek trail can be used to form loop options. Dutchmans Creek Trail, marked with yellow blazes, starts at the same point as the Uwharrie Trail, at the parking lot on Hwy 24/27, and was constructed as a loop system to be used as an alternate route when hiking the southern portion of the Uwharrie Trail. Dark Mountain, on the northern portion of the trail offers an excellent western view. Camping areas along the trail include Woodrun Camp, Yates Place Camp, West Morris Mountain Campground and other primitive camps. Old home sites, cemeteries, and gold mines exist along or near the trail.
Overall, Uwharrie Trail is the 6th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in North Carolina.