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Lower Haw River Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bynum, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 147 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Paddle sports

Walking

Running

Beach

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

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Reviews (88)
Photos (124)
Recordings (74)
Completed (143)
Derrick Evans
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful view of river with places for dog to go in on leash. Strong current. We followed orange tree markers up to the right for a strenuous hike. Trail along river ends where we went down to river from on the ridge.

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Rex Wilson
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not.marked, overgrown. made it 100 yards with my 3 kids when a LARGE snake crossed the ground in front of us. never again.

Zhihang Zhang
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Flooded

Trail is flooded from both trailheads

Jessica A
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HikingBugsRocky

Lots of poison ivy along the trail. Very narrow path amid grasses in spots

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Ryan Roth
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HikingRocky

Great! Moderate and kid friendly.

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Carrie Strom
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Hiking

pretty and remote. kind of wish I wore pants or gaiters to get through some of the brush or under/over logs. but if you go with the mindset of a good nature walk, frogs, bugs, thorny plants and all, it is absolutely beautiful and serene by the water. minimal parking.

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Nikki Orie
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HikingRocky

Trail not marked with signs or markings but is worn enough that you can easily follow. Fairly flat with rocks, dirt and sand. It was kind of boring for me because the scenery didn’t change and was basically a straight line. We didn’t pass a person the entire time but river was peaceful to listen to. We turned around at the second stream crossing but more because we were a little bored.

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Vid Giam
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HikingRocky

ok not great, sandy,rocky not really marked at all.did about a miles and turned around.not for kids. river is very nice though.

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Doug Shartzer
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HikingFloodedMuddy

lovely trail! very rustic and light traffic. loved walking alongside the Haw River. couldn't cross the second branch, though, to finish the entire trail. too much recent rain?

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Christopher Miller
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Hiking

Wild river. Fun route

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Jai Explorer
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HikingFloodedScrambleWashed out
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Gina Difino
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HikingMuddy

Peaceful section of the river with limited parking. Two small creek crossings. Nice day hike.

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Crystal Willett
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HikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownRockyWashed out

I started at the bridge and walked to the second creek and turned around and went back. My camera was dead and I had already hiked to the creek from the Bynum side before. It was an enjoyable hike. Not a soul until I got back to the bridge to find a few families fishing. You have to figure out where to cross the creeks. Just walk down the creek until you see a place that works for you. Saw turtles sunning on this 67o sunny January day. Saw a turtle up close and it looked like it had a growth on its leg. A video of the trail: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/lower-haw-river-trail

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Mike Miller
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky

Hiking by the Haw river is one of my favorite hikes. If you are looking for a easy, well defined trail then this is NOT the place for you. At some points you have a well defined trial and at others you do not. there are points where you will likely need to walk over the boulders in the river or follow a deer path. The trail is not maintained, so if a tree falls over it you will need to find a way around. I generally take a trekking pole with me when I go to get up some of the steeper areas. There are numerous hawk and eagle nests around and you can see them flying around often. There is plenty of public hunting grounds around there so you should wear something blaze orange as a precaution.

Pinda H.
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Hiking

Hard to follow and overgrown. Ended up turning around for fear I’d be bitten by snakes.

Andrew Jones
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HikingOff trailOver grown

So I started hiking this trail today, as I came down from the parking spot, off the the left hand side I see a trail marked with red markers, so I start down the trail. Well about a half mile or so, I look at the app and come to find out I am not on the trail, the trail went right not left. So I turn around because I have no clue what trail I am on and have no idea where it goes. So I get back to the starting point and can only think of 3CPO saying here we go again. So I start off and head down a small maybe 2 feet wide trail, with no markings but the app says on on the trail. So I hike about a quarter of a mile and recheck the app, still on track, but the trail is over grown, and washed away in a few spots at this point. So I hike maybe for 5 more minutes and almost fall into the river because the ground has been washed away under the over growth and I didn’t see it. So at this point I turn around and head back to the car. This could be a nice trail, but it need to be cleared and remarked.

Nate Kent
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Running

I definitely enjoyed this trail as it was very peaceful and some parts had nice views of the river. However, the trail was somewhat overgrown and hard to follow at times. I just checked my location on the recording to get me back on track. Also note that there are three creek crossings. The first two you can just hop across rocks but the third one (pokeberry creek) you have to wade through shallow water a little less than a foot deep. Overall, the nature and scenery is excellent, but the trail itself is descent and could be great if it was more clearly marked and better maintained.

Jen O.
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Hiking

Do not recommend this trail. Conditions are not great for having a safe hike.

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reiko buckley
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Hiking

We took a souothbound route from Bynum community Park on Christmas day. The trail is easy to find with no folaige growing in winter, but with all the rains it's wet everywhere. We reached Pokeberry Creek, and even with several minutes upstream walking, we couldn't find the way to cross the stream so we headed back. We'd try a northbound route next time.

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