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Lower Haw River State Natural Area

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 3.8 (5)

A brief tour of the Lower Haw, which highlights some of the reasons that this area is popular.


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4.0

Miles

6.5

KM

100%

Runnable

309' 94 m

High

260' 79 m

Low

20' 6 m

Up

60' 18 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This area has a history of runners wandering onto private land. When making decisions on the occasionally braided trails, always stay closer to the river in order to protect our access to this area.

Runner Notes

Not much elevation change, but good even trail

Description

From the parking lot head downhill and past the foundation of an old building. Jump on the trail heading down stream. After about a mile you hit a stream. Head up stream until you find an easy spot to cross (where will depend on water levels).

After this section much of the trail is not continuously maintained, so there are lots of fallen trees to jump or go around. After another mile the trails splits between an overgrown dirt road and singletrack that goes along the stream. Make your choice and after a mile the trails reunite at another creek crossing. Continue until you go under a double overpass and arrive at the other parking lot option. Turn around and head back on the trail you came.

Flora & Fauna

Bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, black vultures, and turkey vultures. Rare species include - Cape Fear Shiner(fish), Brook Floater(mussel), and Septima's Clubtail(dragonfly).

Shared By:

Russell Hobart with improvements by Andy Bonner

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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Photos

There are many rock outcroppings along the trail.
Feb 12, 2017 near Fearrin…, NC
Take care in placing your feet as you navigate this creek crossing along the trail.
Feb 12, 2017 near Fearrin…, NC
The Lower Haw River shines in the sun as it meanders by the trail.
Feb 12, 2017 near Fearrin…, NC
Haw River
Mar 3, 2018 near Pittsboro, NC
Spring sprouts early in the pine forest.
Feb 12, 2017 near Fearrin…, NC
A nice kiosk provides helpful information near the parking area.
Feb 12, 2017 near Fearrin…, NC

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Jun 6, 2020
Andy Bonner
The trailhead is mismarked on the driving directions. It's really (35.7710773, -79.1416464). — 1h 07m
Sep 4, 2017
Dan Anderson