2016 is a big year for the Haw River Trail. It marks the 10 year anniversary of the agreement that started the Haw River Trail Partnership and its efforts to build this 40-mile land and paddle trail through Alamance County! Amazing progress has been made over the past 10 years thanks to the support and dedication of landowners, the community, many grant funding sources, the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and the Haw River Trail Coordinators.
-Join us for First Saturday Hikes, led by park technician Kim Brown on different sections of the Haw River Trail. The First Saturday Hikes all begin at 9am. The schedule for 2016 is as follows:
April 2nd Haw River Trail at Sellers Falls
June 4th Great Bend Park
September 3rd Nature Journal Hike on the Basin Creek Trail at Shallow Ford Natural Area
October 1st Hidden Hill Trail at Shallow Ford Natural Area
November 4th Haw River Trail from Indian Valley to Red Slide
-We just opened Sellers Falls, the newest 4-mile section of Haw River Trail. For more info, check out our recent Sellers Falls post.
-The 14th and final paddle access to the Haw River is almost complete. Union Bridge Paddle Access will be open within the month. It marks the southernmost paddle access point in Alamance County and provides a safe take-out for paddlers headed downstream. The stretch from Saxapahaw Mill Race Paddle Access to Union Bridge is particularly beautiful and a fun paddle.
-The 2nd Annual Haw River Trailathlon will be held March 19th in Saxapahaw (postponed from November 2015). This multi-sport adventure race is family friendly and includes a 2-mile round trip paddle on Saxapahaw Lake, a 7-mile bike ride, and a 5K trail run. For more information and to register please visit the Haw River Trail website.
-The 9th Annual YeeHaw! River Paddle will be held on Saturday, May 14th. This event consists of a Family & Beginners’ Paddle followed by the regular River Paddle. Stay tuned for more information at www.thehaw.org.
-We are working on the site plans for Saxapahaw Island Park. Thanks to various grant-based and community sources of support, work has already begun on the trails for the park and on clearing the areas that will house a waterfront access area, nature play area, and gathering spaces. A community working group is helping with the design and construction of the park; work on the nature play area will begin this year.