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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.


Discover why Iron Ore Belt Access was given its name and other history of the area during this 1 and a half hour hike.  The terrain is easy and all are welcome.  Bug spray and water are highly recommended.  We will meet at the parking lot of the access.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Parking Lot at the Iron Ore Belt Access

Instead of spending your green on Black Friday, join us for a Green Hike Friday to the Haw River and around the park.  This moderate 1.75-mile hike will be a great way to work off the big turkey dinners and desserts.  We’ll take a leisurely pace and explore the different habitats of the Summit. 

Date of Event:
Fri, 11/23/2018 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Meet at the main lodge of The Summit of Haw River State Park.

Wild creatures are usually seen at dawn or dusk. Some animals, when living in close proximity to people, have adapted their behavior to avoid encounters with humans.  We'll discuss the definition of "Nocturnal" and explore the wonders of wildlife activities at night as you join a ranger for a leisurely hike along the 1.42-mile Piedmont Loop Trail.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour to complete.  While on the hike, we will take the spur path that leads through the wetlands down to the Haw River. Please wear closed toed shoes.  If you bring a flashlight, please place a red or blue filter over the lens so we don’t dim our night vision.  Highly suggest bringing bug spray and water. For more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/01/2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Start Location:
Haw River State Park - The Summit Main Lodge

What is better than sitting around a campfire and watching the stars coming out?  Eating brownies of course!  Come join a park ranger and the Greensboro Astronomy Club as we celebrate not only the beginning of the Geminids Meteor Shower but National Brownie Day.  We will be meeting at the Iron Ore Belt Access parking lot and the stargazing and campfire will be held in the rec field next to the parking lot.  The program starts at 6:30 and will last 2 hours until 8:30.  Please bring chairs, blankets and a warm beverage as temperatures could be in the 30 to 40 degree range.  Please call the park office at 336-342-6163 for any questions.

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/08/2018 - 6:30pm
Start Location:
Iron Ore Belt Access Parking Lot

Haw River State Park Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

339 Conference Center Dr
Browns SummitNC 27214
Latitude: 36.250859
Longitude: -79.756390

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Open seven days a week with the following seasonal gate hours:

Nov - Feb:  8am - 6pm
March, April, May, Sept and Oct: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am - 9pm

Closed Christmas Day