Authorized by the General Assembly in 2003, the Haw River State Park is in the early stages of development for future public use. The first major acquisition for the state park was the Summit Center, a Retreat and Conference Center originally owned by the Episcopal Diocese. This facility is now operated as the divisions first residential environmental education center and also provides conference facilities which can be rented for group activities. Located near the headwaters of the Haw River, The Haw River State Park and Summit Environmental Education Center is situated on nearly 300 acres of piedmont forest, fields, wetlands, and uplands. As land acquisition continues and Haw River State Park grows and develops the park will be able to provide additional resource protection of the Haw River Corridor and recreational opportunities for park visitors. We hope to include picnicking, camping, and hiking opportunities in the future. The Haw River Corridor is also a proposed route for the Mountains to Sea Trail. Until additional properties are acquired for the state park, we do not have facilities for general public use. Visitors are welcome to come to visit and see what we are all about, but it is recommended that you call ahead: our operating hours are Monday Friday 8am to 5pm and we are closed most state holidays. If the Summit is reserved for a weekend group, we will open during those reservation hours. We also ask that visitors check in at the front desk before touring the grounds.

So, this isn't the most scenic trail, I know, but you'll see some interesting flora if you look closely enough. Because it is relatively new, you don't have to contend much with roots from erosion. It's a quiet trail, little traveled, with few bikes--which is nice because you aren't having to move out of the way constantly. (I've noticed for some reason that I'M always the one moving.) Beware of ticks, though, if you are hiking in the summer. I've found one twice after hiking this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Not very challenging but nice trail through the woods.

hiking
2 months ago

Not much to see here, but sometimes getting into a silent environment cleanses the soul better than searching for wildlife or hunting for selfies in front of a rock face. Docile and quiet, and a good option for trail running - hard packed and flat, with nary a root or stone to send an ankle in the wrong direction. Google Maps initially took us into a neighborhood that backed up to the trail parking lot but was not accessible. Be sure to take Church St. off of 150 down about 2 miles to the Haw River State Park Iron Ore entrance (on the right). Nice parking area with sparse bathrooms.

Boring trail! 3.7 miles of dirt trail. no water or other features.

I love how I’m the only one there every time I go .. it’s a little creepy with the twisted growth and shadows .. can’t wait to go in the fall

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

A good hike with the kids. Pretty nice double track rolling hills easy hike.

trail running
11 months ago

From the parking lot it is 0.5K (0.3 miles) to the loop part. My GPS gives me 4.8K (2.9 miles) for the loop itself. Almost all of the trail is in the forest except when you cross the powerline section twice. There is one spot where you have a view of the wetland area. The thing I like about this trail is there are not a ton of exposed roots although there is a rocky section. This is my preferred trail running choice near Greensboro in the fall when leaf cover makes the rooty lake trail system dangerous for running because of possible ankle sprains. I noticed on a recent run that the leaves had been blown from the trail, an extra bonus for not turning an ankle. Couple of spots with lots of hickory nuts which can be treacherous. A very nice place for trail running but not a destination trail.

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

My dog and I enjoyed the trail- not very challenging, but quiet and beautiful

Not very scenic. I don't recommend going on this trail the day after it rains.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great, quiet trail in newer section of Haw River State Park. Not too many changes in elevation which made it an easy hike for the two kids (5 and 6).

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Nice nearby trail,

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

2nd hike on this trail.Great wildflower trail.Very peaceful.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

The boardwalk was worth the trip, so peaceful.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

I started from the parking area by the Main Lodge at the Summit Environmental Education Center and combined the two short loops for an easy 2.5 mile hike. Be sure to take the .4 mile River Overlook spur off the Piedmont Loop. It is mostly boardwalk and takes you through the wetlands to the edge of the Haw River. With the tremendous amount of rain we have had recently, it made for a unique and beautiful walk over the water. From there, you pass through an oak-hickory forest and a successional field, before ending up by the 6-acre Robins Nest Lake.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

This is a wonderful new loop and the only trail in the Iron Ore Belt Access section of the park (it is not even listed on the park website yet...you can get a map at the trailhead or the Summit Center information area). It is nearly four miles long and includes a beautiful meadow, a hardwood/mixed forest with some amazing trees and a large wetlands area bordering the Haw River. It is much more secluded than the trails in the park's Summit section. Keep a close eye out for wildlife (I spotted many types of birds, a large turtle sharing the trail and a cottonmouth...though the snake was expired).

horseback riding
11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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