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Events and Programs

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.

 

NC State Parks has joined the initiative to get women and girls on trails all across North America.  We encourage women to invite their female friends and family on a "Sister Trek" for fresh air and fun.  Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike along a 2 mile section of the Great Blue Heron Loop Trail at our Iron Ore Belt Access Day Use Area.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour or so to complete.  Ladies are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park or strike out on your own depending on your walking speed.  This hike is part of the 10K Women Trail Project (https://trails.hikeitbaby.com/10k-women/).  For more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 08/18/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Iron Ore Belt Access - 6068 N Church Street

Come join a park ranger as we venture into the park and discover the different aquatic ecosystems within Haw River State Park.  While on the hike we will see wetlands, lakes, rivers and even vernal pools as well as the different plant and animal species that call them home.  The hike will be about an 1.5 miles and an easy difficulty.  Children must be accompanied by a parent at all times as we will meet at the main lodge of the Summit conference.  Please bring water, bug spray and close toed shoes.  For any questions please call the park office at (336)342-6163.

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/26/2018 - 4:30pm
Start Location:
The Summit Conference Center - Main Lodge

Join a ranger as we discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, we'll make you nature detectives as we walk sections of the Piedmont Loop Trail at Haw River State Park.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour or so to complete.  This program is geared towards 6-9 year olds, but all are welcome. This hike is sponsored by Kids in Parks.  To learn more about this initiative visit: http://www.kidsinparks.com/about.  For more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163. 

Date of Event:
Mon, 09/03/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Haw River State Park, The Summit Main Lodge

From our vast coastline to our high mountain peaks, North Carolina is home to a diversity of habitats that support hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife.  Our unique geographic setting along the Atlantic coast flyway provides both breeding and wintering grounds for many birds, making North Carolina a premiere birding destination.  Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike along a 1.42-mile section of the Piedmont Loop Trail; one of over 300 trail birding site destinations in NC.  The hike is easy to moderate and takes approximately an hour to complete.  While on the hike, we will take the spur path that leads through the wetlands down to the Haw River.  Adults are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park or strike out on their own depending on walking speeds.  To learn more about the NC Birding Trail visit http://ncbirdingtrail.org/.  For more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163. 
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/15/2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Haw River State Park - The Summit Main Lodge

Back by popular demand . . . 2018 is the year of the fish in NC State Parks.  Join a park ranger as we hike the Lake Loop Trail and learn about fish adaptations and their various aquatic habitats.  Try out your drawing skills as you design your very own fish. The hike is easy and takes approximately an hour to complete.  Adults are more than welcome to walk with the ranger and learn about the history of the park or strike out on their own depending on walking speeds.  For more information about this hike or future programs, please contact the park office at 336-342-6163. 

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 10/06/2018 - 2:00am to 3:30am
Start Location:
Haw River State Park - The Summit Main Lodge
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

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