Haw River Chatham CR 1545 Bridge “Chicken Bridge” to Jordan Lake

Pittsboro, North Carolina

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The Haw River begins in the northwest corner of Guilford County and flows east around Greensboro and Burlington before turning generally southeast. It meets the New Hope River in Chatham County, where the Cape Fear River is born. The Haw varies greatly in width—from 50 feet in some sections to as much as 1,000 feet at the dam at Bynum. The river flows through farmlands, forested hills, and some residential areas. As with most rivers in the lower Piedmont, there are long stretches of flatwater, as well as many rapids. There are places where the river branches into two or more channels, each island looking very much like the last one—long, narrow, and heavily covered with trees, shrubs, brambles, and poison ivy.

Haw River: Chatham CR 1545 Bridge (“Chicken Bridge”) to Jordan Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The Haw River begins in the northwest corner of Guilford County and flows east around Greensboro and Burlington before turning generally southeast. It meets the New Hope River in Chatham County, where the Cape Fear River is born. The Haw varies greatly in width—from 50 feet in some sections to as much as 1,000 feet at the dam at Bynum.

The river flows through farmlands, forested hills, and some residential areas. As with most rivers in the lower Piedmont, there are long stretches of flatwater, as well as many rapids. There are places where the river branches into two or more channels, each island looking very much like the last one—long, narrow, and heavily covered with trees, shrubs, brambles, and poison ivy."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Pittsboro
Distance: 12.7
Elevation Loss: 55 feet
Duration: 3 sections that take 8.5 hours to paddle
Class: Class I to III
Local Maps: Bynum, New Hope Dam (USGS); Chatham (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Haw River: Chatham CR 1545 Bridge (“Chicken Bridge”) to Jordan Lake

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