Lower Haw River State Natural Area Trail

Bynum, North Carolina 27228

Lower Haw River State Natural Area Trail

Lower Haw River State Natural Area Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The stretch of Haw River south of Bynum to Jordan Lake is popular with kayakers. Even during the dry fall, it usually has enough water to run; during the wet spring, the section right above Jordan Lake is a particular favorite with Triangle’s more experienced white-water boaters. A number of boulder fields that spill down from the mild ridgelines flanking the Haw’s east and west banks add to the attraction.

For the Piedmont, it’s unusually rocky. And until 2001, it was largely the domain of boaters with access to these public waters and to the few in-the-know hikers privy to the fishing trails on this land, part of the extensive, fragmented Duke Forest. Haw Slopes offers a rocky, riparian romp for the moderately adventurous hiker."

Lower Haw River State Natural Area Trail Reviews

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If you love to scramble over scree, climb up slick rock faces, jump over giant trees, crawl under even larger ones and constantly watch your footing on rocks and roots than this is the "trail" for you. The point of the " " is that sometimes you'll find yourself wondering "what trail?" If you're into adventures, beautiful river scenes, hollowed trees, and don't mind getting dirty than this probably the most technical trail that’s accessible to most of the triangle. Warning: I found this trail on a list of hikes to do with dogs but I would seriously advise against it. First there were quite a few snakes (which I really don’t mind but my Border Collie did). I also ended up lifting, carrying, or helping my 45 pound dog multiple times when he couldn’t make it up a few steep climbs and he’s a good climber. If you do take your dog along be prepared to help him get over some difficult spots. Overall I will definitely try it again sans dog and with better shoes than my vibram 5 fingers. Happy trails!
Hiked this "trail" on Memorial Day. Although the river is very beautiful, the trail is in very poor shape especially past the first creek crossing. I believe we made it just past Pokeberry Creek? where we were turned back by a very large and hissing snake, turns out it was most likely the non-venemous eastern hog-nose snake (puff adder). But at this point the trail was truly non-existent and we had had enough. May go back in the winter and try again when the snakes are dormant! ;-)

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Best in Summer
USGS Saxapahaw
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Activity Feed

Jul 2018