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Wetlands boardwalk at Haw River State Park
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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.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to bait, cast and hook?  Then come join a park ranger as we learn about the basics to fishing as well as, fish identification, the different parts of a fish, and water safety.  We will then spend a good majority of the program going fishing.  If you have your own fishing equipment please bring it as the parks rods and reels are limited.  Also all fish caught will be released back into the lake.  Program is designed towards youth but all ages are welcome.  Under 18 must have an adult with them at all times.  Any questions please call the park office at 336-342-6163. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 07/22/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Start Location:
The Summit Conference Center Main Lodge

Hiking the Great Blue Heron Loop Trail is always a beautiful journey, but with the full moon being just the night before, walking along the wetlands while watching a nearly full moon rise is something special.  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.  We’ll meet at the parking lot of the Iron Ore Belt Access.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/28/2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
The parking lot at The Iron Ore Belt Access

NC State Parks has joined the initiative to get women and girls on trails all across North America.  We encourage women to invite their female friends and family on a "Sister Trek" for fresh air and fun.  Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike along a 2 mile section of the Great Blue Heron Loop Trail at our Iron Ore Belt Access Day Use Area.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour or so to complete.  Ladies are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park or strike out on your own depending on your walking speed.  This hike is part of the 10K Women Trail Project (  For more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 08/18/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Iron Ore Belt Access - 6068 N Church Street

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