Just need to be aware that Uwharrie OHV trails are closed during the winter.Uwharrie National Forest is a great place also. Plenty of camping either dispersed or in their campgrounds. Not quite the views of Pisgah, but Baden Lake is nice and there's a whole network of OHV trails you can have fun on (all different levels of challenge). It's a beautiful OLD forest.
Not to hi-jack this thread, but I'm also looking to get to Pisgah NF soon. Are you able to drive up to these dispersed sites in this NF, or do you have to "hike in"?
@NCjeepcampingAP Linville Gorge Highway 105 is a great spot during the week to check out. Nice dirt road ride with stunning views and camp spots galore. During the weekend during peak season is going to be a bit crowded.
Uwharrie National Park is going to be less "overland" but still plenty of camping and offroading.
@Demo Man is dead on correct about Nantahala.
Sorry ... closed for the season but one of the best primitive campground in the country.Thanks ! There’s a TON of “BIA” (bureau of Indian Affairs) roads all over the Cherokee reservation if you like riding some none technical dirt for the solitde and scenery. Toward Cherokee from Soco gap on US 19 the first road to the right is Hyatt Cove Road. At the end turn left and that has several options for spending some dirt time with great views and elevation. If you turn on the first road to the right a mile or so in you will end up in Mile High Campground. Closed for rhe