Badin Lake is the central feature of the Uwharrie National Forest. It was created in 1917 when a dam was constructed on the Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers, plunging the lower valleys of the region into a watery grave. Today the lake has 115 miles of shoreline and is a great spot for boating and water sports.
We spent a few days there one fall and took our kayak so we could explore the lake. There are lots of islands in the lake that are actually the tops of mountains that were once part of an ancient mountain range. There are also many narrow inlets that you can get to easily in a kayak.