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Contact the park



The Summit Center
and park office

339 Conference Center Drive
Browns Summit, NC 27214

GPS: 36.2508, -79.7563


Iron Ore Belt access

6068 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC 27455

GPS: 36.2374, -79.7855



  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day






Status of park facilities   

The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center at Haw River State Park is closed to the public until further notice, including all buildings and restrooms. 

Trails at Iron Ore Belt access, 6068 North Church Street in Greensboro, are open, but the restrooms are CLOSED. The access closes at 8pm.

All events and programs have been CANCELED until further notice.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding at this time.

 Last updated on: Friday, March 20, 2020

Scheduled events

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.



The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation is hosting hiring seminars at various state parks. The seminar will introduce participants to careers in state parks, as well as provide insight and information on the application and hiring process.

The seminar includes a luncheon and an excursion to the park. 

All majors welcome, especially:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Natural Resources
  • Biology/Kinesiology
  • Environmental Science
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Animal Science
  • Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • All maintenance skills
  • Information Technology

This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.

For any questions, please contact Rodney Lovett at or 919-707-9374.

Date of Event:
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:

This event has been canceled.

When’s the last time you stopped and smelled the flowers? Enjoy a guided hike with a ranger as we discover what’s in bloom this spring at the Iron Ore Belt Access. In case of mud from April showers, please wear non-slip footwear during this out-and-back saunter along the Great Blue Heron trail.

***Please sign up at the park office with Ranger Purvis at 336-342-6163 Extension 503***

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 1:30pm
Start Location:
Iron Ore Belt Access - Trailhead parking Lot

This event has been canceled.

We think of planting greenery as helping Mother Earth, but what happens when good plants go bad? Join Haw River State Park staff to learn about invasive species. We will take a short hike to look at some of the invasive plants in the park and learn about what makes them invasive, how they get introduced, the problems they cause, and what you can do about them. Afterward, stick around to help remove a stand of invasive privet. Trails may be muddy so dress appropriately. If you plan to join us for privet removal please bring your own work gloves and hand tools if you have them.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/18/2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Iron Ore Belt Access - Trailhead parking Lot

This event has been canceled.

Did you know that 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? We’re stoked! And nostalgic… Join us this year for an outdoor retelling of the 1971 Dr. Seuss Classic “The Lorax” with an interactive twist, followed by discussion and a short hike to the boardwalk. Don’t forget your camera! For NC Science Festival, we’ll also put our citizen science skills into action with an intro to ecoEXPLORE and iNaturalist (camera or smartphone required to submit data).

Kids in grades K-8 can sign up ahead of time by visiting with their parents, while older scientists can download the iNaturalist app for free from your app store. If you’re not tech-savvy, join us anyway! We’ll get you set up before your next outdoor adventure. More Science Festival Events here:

Date of Event:
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 3:30pm
Start Location:
Main Office at 339 Conference Center Drive, Browns Summit

The Annual Theme of our State Parks is Burning to Conserve: The Year of Fire, and we're all fired up about it! Join us for a hike at the Iron Ore Belt Access where we'll visit our park's most recent burn unit and discuss the history/use of prescribed fire in southeastern forests. 


Date of Event:
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Iron Ore Belt Access - Trailhead parking Lot