Haw River Trail - Shallow Ford Natural Area -Hidden Hill Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elon, NC that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A dedicated hiking trail, the Hidden Hill Trail travels through a wide diversity of habitats on its 2.2 mile journey including mature riparian forests, reclaimed farmland, and vernal pools and wetlands. The trail leads to the highest point in the 200 acre Shallow Ford Natural Area ad 679 feet.
Nice quick single track hike with a few loops available to extend your hike.
For Alamance County, this is a gem.
i enjoy the trails here and love tje varing scenery. wildflowers are close to the start and mushrooms are everywhere. deer can also be seen.
It was fun good 4 girls scouts to camp
It was cool, but not cold. There was almost no wind so it was perfect winter hiking.
Beautiful February day. I did not see the ruins because we did not take the Homestead trail.
Nice and we'll kept!
Nice place to get wet with dog and splash kids, down near camping area, all trails very beautiful and shady on this 100 degree day!
Great trail, beautiful and very easy with only some hills
I hiked the 2.2 mile Homestead Trail the other day, whick takes you past the ruins of an old homestead (duh) where you can still see the chimney and a few other features. It was a peaceful spot to stop and consider what life might have been like 100 or so years ago for the folks who lived on that quiet hill above the Haw River. I only saw one other person that day, near the parking area, although it was a weekday morning shortly after the gate opened. The woods are pretty open so you can usually see a fairly long way. It also provides some nice views of the Haw River as you pass the 3 primative, walk-in camping areas on the western leg of the hike.
The natural area actually has 4 trails which intersect to give more or less distance for the hiker. The Hidden Trail is like hiking in the mountains. The Homestead Trail goes right by the old chimney and other remnants of a cabin. Some of the trails go by the Haw River, some go by and over via bridge Basin Creek where there once a gristmill. I love this area since I live close and it has such a diverse range of trails.
There are 3 pretty nice campsites down by the Haw River which even have fire rings. Camping is free for residents of Alamance County and $10.00 for others.
To sum it up 2 of the trails are 2.2 miles, one is .75 miles and the other is about.1 mile.
There is signage and trail maps at the parking lot.