America's Scenic Byways

Flint Hill Ramble

5 miles - 10 minutes

On a Backroad

As a remote byway in the North Carolina piedmont, this drive is for the adventurous traveler. Take a trip on this byway on your way to a camping vacation in the Uwharrie National Forest or drive it en route to the cities of central North Carolina. Wherever your destination is, the Flint Hill Ramble is a ramble you'll want to try.

Places to Stop

This byway travels through the Uwharrie National Forest, past the site of Jumping Off Rock-- a rocky bluff over looking cool waters. Definitely a temptation for travelers on a hot summer day, but jumping of this aptly named rock is discouraged. Travelers will continue on through the town of Ophir, once a boom town during gold mining days. Folklore of North Carolina's gold mining days can be found among ruins of old mines near the Uwharrie River.

Out of the Car

Surrounded by the wilderness and the forest, outdoor lovers will be refreshed by the opportunities to get out of the car and go for a hike. The head of the Uwharrie Trail can be found along the byway and will take hikers on a gorgeous hike through Uwharrie back country. Nearby the Ramble, travelers will find Badin Lake and a recreational area that invites boating, hiking, picnicking, and camping.