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Wetlands boardwalk at Haw River State Park
Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Trails and restrooms are open at The Summit and Iron Ore Belt access for day-use hiking and fishing.

The Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center, along with the park office, remain closed. All events and programs have been canceled until further notice.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. Please stay home if you are sick.

 Last updated on: Sunday, May 24, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Haw River State Park


Contact the park
 

336-342-6163

haw.river@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

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
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

 

 

 

List of trails

The first public trail of 3.2 miles at the developing Haw River State Park was inaugurated in mid-2016 along with an extensive trailhead area that will eventually open up the park’s rolling piedmont terrain to hiking exploration.

 


Great Blue Heron Loop
Location: Iron Ore Belt Access

Description:

The loop is 3.2 miles and the fonnector trail from the parking lot to the trail is.35 miles one way. This moderate trail follows the contours, slowly going down the wetlands and slowly back up.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
3.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
Red/Orange Squares (Connector trail is white circles.)



Lake Loop Trail
Location: Begins and ends at the Main Lodge.

Description:

Take a leisurely stroll around the 6-acre Robins Nest Lake. This easy trail follows the shoreline and offers an opportunity spot migrating water fowl, songbirds and local wildlife.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
0.66 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red square

Piedmont Loop Trail
Location: Begins and ends at the Main Lodge.

Description:

Enjoy a number of diverse scenic experiences within a short walking distance including views of piedmont oak-hickory forest, a floodplain swamp and early successional fields.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.42 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
blue square

Wetlands Boardwalk
Location: The Boardwalk Trail is a spur trail off the Piedmont Loop Trail. Follow the Piedmont Loop Trail, look for the River Overlook signs and at the gas line easement take a left.

Description:

The Boardwalk takes you through the Haw River wetlands, giving you a close encounter with a unique North Carolina ecosystem and a glimpse of the headwaters of the Haw River.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
0.43 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
blue square