Shallow Ford Natural Area is a 190 acre natural area featuring approximately 5 miles of hiking trails, paddle access to the Haw River, a Wildflower Meadow and Observation Deck, picnic areas, and backcountry camping. It is part of the Haw River Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail (HRT/MST). The park was built near the historic river crossing known as Shallow Ford, which rose to prominence in the 18th and 19th centuries as the most popular ford in Northern Alamance County. The park is named in remembrance of the crossing and the travelers who used it. You can learn more about Shallow Ford Natural Area and the Haw River Trail on the HRT website (link will open a new window).