Alamance Parks offers access to the outdoors through Cedarock Park, Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area, Great Bend Park, Shallow Ford Natural Area, Swepsonville River ParkSaxapahaw Island Park, and other sections of the Haw River Trail. The parks department manages 1200 acres of land, offering a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities for the local community.

View of sunset on the banks of the Haw River at Swepsonville River Park.
Swepsonville River Park

At our parks and trails you can enjoy:

  • Hiking trails
  • Equestrian trails
  • Disc golf courses
  • 19th Century Farm of John & Polly Garrett (established in 1830) located at Cedarock Park
  • Paddling
  • Playgrounds
  • Spaces for open play
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Areas
  • Wildflower Meadow with Observation Deck (great for birding and nature observation)
  • Beautiful views of creeks, the river, and waterfalls over old mill dams
  • Shelters and gazebos available for reservation
  • Dog Park (Eli Whitney Community Center)

Alamance County is committed to providing sustainable trails for a wide variety of trail uses and skill levels. In 2015, Alamance County adopted the Alamance County Trails Plan providing a guideline for future trails and greenways in our community. Currently, Alamance Parks offers trails at Cedarock Park, Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area, the Haw River Land Trail (including Shallow Ford Natural Area and Great Bend Park, Saxapahaw Island Park, and Sweponsville River Park), and the Haw River Paddle Trail. Walking tracks are available at both the Eli Whitney and Pleasant Grove Community Centers. Explore the park pages to learn more about what each park has to offer. You can also visit the Haw River Trail website at for additional information (link will open a new window).