This nearly 7 mile float on the Uwharrie River is great for a relaxing, easy going trip. A lot of work has been completed in the last few years to make this very paddle friendly.
Put in at the bridge on Low Water Bridge Rd. There is parking available here and a paved sidewalk to the river. This area is quite shallow here, so you may have to strategically maneuver your put in to get going.
There are a few Class I rapids on this trip, but overall, the paddle is very easy, and is a good first time paddle.
Since the Uwharrie River winds through the National Forest, be on the lookout for wildlife as it can be quite abundant. I snapped this picture of a bald eagle on one trip.
Before reaching the 109 bridge, Barnes Creek will empty into the Uwharrie River on your left. If the water is high enough, paddle up Barnes creek about 100 yards and you can see some old bridge pylons. I haven’t investigated what road crossed over here, but if you know, let me know in the comments.
Take out under the NC Hwy 109 bridge on the right. At one time, you had to scale rocks up the bank to the road, but now there is a concrete ramp all of the way down to the river, which makes take-out much easier.
Unfortunately there are no river gauges anywhere on the Uwharrie River near this location, so you will have to take a best guess at the river level before you go. The Uwharrie can be quite shallow in some places, so be prepared.
I went back and ran this section again, and took pictures of the put in and take outs.