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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.


Celebrate the first day of fall at Haw River State Park.  We’ll explore why leaves change colors, make a leaf shapes id booklet and read a story about changing seasons.  We’ll be outside during the program, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring along some water.
Our Tots Discovery program is geared towards children 3 – 5 years of age, but older siblings are more than welcome to join in on the fun.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/22/2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Classrooms at The Summit of Haw River State Park

Participants (ages 6-12) are invited to join a Park Ranger on an exploration of the park’s wetlands and woods. A variety of activities will give Junior Rangers an opportunity to complete all the Junior Ranger requirements in one day. Program is free. Snack provided. Parents are encouraged to drop off their children as the program will run three hours.  Please make sure you call the park office at 336-342-6163 to register your child.  When you drop them off at the park, we ask that you bring them in so we can fill out an information packet.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
The main lodge at the Summit of Haw River State Park.

It’s amazing how it seems something is celebrated every day now, including World Rivers Day celebrated on the last Sunday in September.  World Rivers Day celebrates the world's waterways. It "highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world." In honor of this day, we will take a hike down to the wetlands that has been created by the Haw River.  Make sure to wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes for this easy to moderate hike. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/30/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
The parking lot at the Iron Ore Belt Access of Haw River State Park

Back by popular demand . . . 2018 is the year of the fish in NC State Parks.  Join a park ranger as we hike the Lake Loop Trail and learn about fish adaptations and their various aquatic habitats.  Try out your drawing skills as you design your very own fish. The hike is easy and takes approximately an hour to complete.  Adults are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park or strike out on their own depending on walking speeds.  For more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163. 


Date of Event:
Sat, 10/06/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Haw River State Park - The Summit Main Lodge

With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to start off the season than by learning about our only flying mammal of North America, the bat.  This amazing flyer and one of our major combatants of mosquitos and other annoying flying pests is one of the most misunderstood critter of the animal world.  We’ll have story time, fun bat activities, and a non-creepy craft to finish off our hour-long program.
Our Tots Discovery program is geared towards children 3 – 5 years of age, but older siblings are more than welcome to join in on the fun.

Date of Event:
Sun, 10/14/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
The classrooms at The Summit of Haw River State Park

Haw River State Park Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

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

Map of North Carolina


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