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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
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
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
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

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

339 Conference Center Drive
Browns Summit, NC 27214

336-342-6163
haw.river@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 36.250859, -79.756390

 

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