Badin is a "Company Town" from 1913, and the history of why it was founded is certainly a lesson in economics, war materials production, and location, location, location.
Now that ALCOA has shut down its' plant here, the town is slipping into a new era - one in which the scenery is the main attraction.
If you want to experience some rarely enjoyed scenery, take Falls Road all the way to the end. It terminates at a boat launch and offers a quiet moment to ponder the next twisty road. For the more energetic riders there is a large, and very popular, swimming area alongside NC-8 at the north end of the little town. There are no changing rooms or other facilities, but on a hot day this could be a really cool place to be.
Badin Historic Museum, 60 Falls Road, Badin, NC. Phone: 704-422-6900.
Small local history museum open Sundays only. Free admission. Nice little town with some surprising history important to America. Great roads in the area, make this part of your weekend ride to Morrow Mountain!
Arrowhead Natl Forest Campground. Off NC-109. Phone: 910-576-6391.
National Forest Service campground with 48 available RV and tent sites from $12 nightly. Tent pads are provided, but you may chose to set up in wooded areas.
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Badin Lake Campground, 429 Badin Lake Rec Area Rd, Troy, NC 27371. Phone: 910-576-6391.
National Forest Service campground with 34 RV and tent sites from $12 nightly. Tent pads, fire rings, showers, picnic tables, swimming, grills.
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Badin Lake Group Camp, Kings Mtn Point Rd, Troy, NC 27371. Phone: 910-576-6391.
This US Forest Service campground is a GROUP CAMPING area for up to 50 people nightly at $40 per night. It's primitive camping but does have showers, softball and baseball fields, tent pads, fire rings, and picnic tables. Good place for a group ride with some really nice roads in the area.
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Badin Inn, 103 Pine Circle Dr, Badin, NC 28003. Phone: 704-422-3683.
Primarily a golf club with a unique history, the property also offers a few rooms, suites, and a decent restaurant.
Badin Treehouse Coffee, 24 Falls Rd, Badin, NC 28009. Phone: 704-422-6580.
New owner/management has taken this location to a good reputation. Frequently busy, it has a full menu and some different coffee.
The Joint On The Corner - I don't even know if it has a name, it's on the corner of Falls Rd and NC-740, part of the convenience store that sells fuel. A small group of us that visit Morrow Mountian frequently stop here for a burger and fries. Not the best decor, but the food is reasonably priced and is better than a Happy Meal from McDonald's ...