Shallow Ford Fall 2014Paddle access is open 7 days a week. Please see Hours and Rules for yearly hours schedule. 

This 190 acre natural area contains approximately 5 miles of hiking trails and is part of the Haw River Trial/Mountains to Sea Trail. The park also features access to the Haw River Trail paddle trail, backcountry camping and picnic areas.

1955 Gerringer Mill Road
Burlington, NC 27217
(336) 270-5124

SFNA Trail Steps


Shallow Ford features over 5 miles of natural surface hiking trails and is part of the Haw River Trail and North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail. Download a Shallow Ford Trail Map.





PaddlingSFNA Paddle Access Fall 2014

Shallow Ford Natural Area is part of the Haw River Paddle Trail. For more information on the Trail visit





Primative camping is available at Shallow Ford Natural Area. There is a $10 fee for Alamance County residents and Non-residents for each group of 10 campers. The department does require that a responsible adult be with each group. The campsites are accessible by canoe from the Haw River or by a several mile hike from the parking area. You can reserve a site by going here.  Call (336) 270-5124 for more information.


Picnic Tables, a gazebo and restrooms are available near the entrance to the park.

Kids in Parks Track Trail
Track Trail Logo

The Track Trail Adventure Program is free and open to children of all ages. Come explore the park using program guides which include Birds of the Piedmont, Ferns, Hide n' Seek and The Need for Trees. For more information or to download guides click here.


Pumpkin Painting  photo of pumpkins

Saturday, October 17th


Shallow Ford Natural Area

Get in the fall spirit! Join us for pumpkin painting and nature drawing at Shallow Ford Natural Area. Free to children ages 5-12. Limited to 12 participants. All materials provided. Register online at

The painting will be held at the new observation deck in the wildflower meadow. From the parking lot, follow the basin creek trail until you reach the meadow. You can view a map of Shallow Ford here.

Shallow Ford Fall 2014 2Current Hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm

Yearly Schedule

November-February: 8am-5pm
March-April: 8am-7pm
May-August: 8am-8pm
September-October: 8am-7pm

Park Gate is locked at closing time. Do not leave your vehicle parked at a trailhead after the posted closing time. 

Park Rules

Park rules are enforced by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department. In case of emergency call 911.

The following actions are prohibited:

• Possession or Use of Alcohol or Illegal Drugs
• Setting Fires Outside of Fire Rings or Grills
• Littering or Defacing of County Property
• Possession of Weapons in Violation of State Law
• Solicitation or Advertising of Any Kind
• Failure to Have Pets on a Leash
• Removal of Plants or Other Natural Materials
• Fishing from Boat Launch Area
• Use of Motor Vehicles Outside of Parking Area
• Riding of Bikes or Horses on Trails