New Parks for a New Century  »  Lower Haw River State Natural Area

This corridor of the lower Haw River was purchased from Duke University, with the Triangle Land Conservancy acting as mediator. Approximately 1,000 acres in size, it ranges along both sides of the river in Chatham County just north of the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

This area has long been popular with hikers and canoeists, and is remarkable for its steep slopes and rock outcrops. Preservation of the natural area will aid in protecting the water quality of the Haw, a major tributary of the Cape Fear River. The Haw is home to at least two endangered species: the Cape Fear shiner and Septima's clubtail dragonfly.