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The Summit Environmental Education & Conference Center and the Iron Ore Belt Day Use Area at Haw River State Park will close at 6pm starting Saturday, January 12, 2019 and remain closed on Sunday, January 13, 2019. 
 

 Last updated on: Saturday, January 12, 2019

Events and Programs

Haw River State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

NC State Parks has joined the initiative to get families on trails all across North America.  What better way to get started than joining a park ranger for a leisurely hike along the 1.42 mile Piedmont Loop Trail.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour or so to complete.  While on the hike, we will take the spur path that leads through the wetlands down to the Haw River and enroute play Nature Bingo.  In case of bad weather, or for more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/02/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

Come join a park ranger as we venture into the park and discover the different aquatic ecosystems within Haw River State Park.  While on the hike we will see wetlands, lakes, rivers and even vernal pools as well as the different plant and animal species that call them home.  The hike will be about an 1.5 miles and an easy difficulty.  Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times as we will meet at the main lodge of the Summit conference.  Please bring water, close toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing.  For any questions please call the park office at (336)342-6163.

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/09/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

Prior to the 1930's, the Eastern Bluebird was one of North Carolina's most common songbirds.  By 1979, bluebirds were declared rare and uncommon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Man's activities and severe winter's have resulted in a 90% decline in bluebird populations (reference, NC Bluebird Society, Inc.)  Visit with a ranger and find out what Haw River State Park staff are doing to help save these beloved birds as we get ready for the 2019 Spring nesting season.  In case of bad weather, or for more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163.

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/16/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

Bring the whole family and join a park ranger for a leisurely hike along parts of the Great Blue Heron Trail.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour to two hours to complete.  While on the hike, we will take the spur path that leads to one of the Iron Ore Belt test pits dating back to the 1700's.  You are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of this area.  For more information, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/23/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Main Parking Lot at the Iron Ore Belt Access

Join a ranger as we discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, we'll make you wildlife detectives as we walk sections of the Piedmont Loop Trail at Haw River State Park.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour or so to complete.  This program is geared towards 6-9 year olds, but all are welcome. This hike is sponsored by Kids in Parks.  To learn more about this initiative visit: http://www.kidsinparks.com/about.  In case of bad weather, or for more information about this program or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/02/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main lodge at The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center
Contact:

Haw River State Park Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

339 Conference Center Dr
Browns SummitNC 27214
Phone336.342.6163
haw.river@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.250859
Longitude: -79.756390

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