Haw River State Park was authorized by the General Assembly in 2003. The Haw River headwaters area was among 12 sites in North Carolina identified as a potential state park in the system’s 2003 New Parks for a New Century initiative. One of the initial acquisitions for the park was a 210-acre retreat and conference center, known as The Summit. Acquired in 2004 from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the conference center was incorporated into Haw River State Park, officially becoming a park in July of 2005. With the continued assistance of public and private conservation partners, the park has grown in size, bringing the current park holdings to 1,425 acres.