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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.

Point of Interest: Wanders through hardwood forests and along wetlands of the Haw River. There are several veins of iron ore along the ridge lines resulting in peddle to boulder size rocks. Iron in the rocks are very evident with deep red hues.
Length:
3.20 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Red/Orange Squares (Connector trail is white circles.)
Surface: Natural surface
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.

Point of Interest: NC Birding Trail destination. At stream crossing footbridge, benches on the southside of the lake and on the east side.
Length:
0.66 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red square
Lake Loop Trail at Haw River State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
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.

Point of Interest: NC Birding Trail destination. At stream crossings 1 footbridge and 1 footbridge with handrails.
Length:
1.42 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
blue square
Piedmont Loop Trail at Haw River State Park
Surface: Natural surface
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.

Point of Interest: NC Birding Trail destination. Benches located before the start of the boardwalk, benches on the boardwalk & an observation deck with benches at the end of the boardwalk overlooking the river.
Length:
0.43 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
blue square
Wetlands Boardwalk at Haw River State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Boardwalk
Contact:

Haw River State Park Summit Environmental Education and Conference Center

339 Conference Center Dr
Browns SummitNC 27214
Phone336.342.6163
haw.river@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.250859
Longitude: -79.756390

Park Hours:

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