Dickey Bell

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4.8/5 (8 reviews)
Uwharrie, North Carolina (Montgomery County)
Last Updated: 01/03/2024
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Steep, loose, and rocky are just a few adjectives to describe Dickey Bell. This adrenaline-filled Jeep Badge of Honor trail in the Uwharrie National Forest will test your rig to the fullest, especially if you are mildly built. Stock rigs will have an extreme challenge on their hands. This trail is famous for its one obstacle with many line choices, in which there is no easy way up, and turning around mid-way is not an option. If you have just one day to explore the Uwharrie National Forest and consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, Dickey Bell should be on your shortlist. This trail is great for anyone who wants to take it to the next level of wheeling and loves to challenge themselves and their rigs.

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Dickey Bell is comprised of two types of surfaces. On the flatter portions, the trail is mostly packed dirt. On the notorious steep part of the trail, it is loose rock. This trail is a straight-through trail which you will want to run from the southern trailhead and head north to ensure you ascend the steep rocky incline for which this trail is known. This trail has about 300 feet of elevation gain throughout the entirety of the trail. The one main loose, steep obstacle along this trail will test any rig as there are many line choices, and even the easiest line will pose a challenge for a mildly built rig. This trail is great for anyone who wants a challenge to get the adrenaline pumping. The hill climb is no joke! Careful decision-making and a good spotter will both play a role in making it to the top with minimal scraping.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (8)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/16/2023

The trail is now under seasonal closure.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/13/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Attempted the Dickey Bell today in a stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The ruts are deep, which caused the skid plates to hit hard. Got to waypoint 8 and could not make it up. Several side by side fellows assisted in turning me around. The current videos of the trail just do not do it justice. Strongly believe the rig must have at least 3 inch lift and 35 inch tires. The side by side rig drivers said a fellow with 38 inch tires did not make it up waypoint 8.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was my first ever difficult rated trail, and it lived up to the hype. Made it up fairly smoothly with a good spotter and patience. I have a JKU with 2 inch lift and 35 inch tires, no lockers. The leftmost line looks more aggressive but if you take it head on you don’t risk a rollover, only undercarriage damage (if you miss your line).
Visited: 09/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

It's "the" trail in Uwharrie, but the only remotely challenging section is a big increase in difficulty. Any stock SUV/Jeep could do 95% of the trail, but that 5% requires a lift, tires, and skidplates. Large risk of damage or even rollover.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

For all but a hundred yards, this trail is interesting, fun trail with loads of character thru a beautiful woods. For that hundred yards, alone with no other vehicles in sight and no spotter, it is terror. Best five bucks I've ever spent.

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