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off trail
over grown
5 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Enjoyed my time there -need to keep your eyes open for the markers as the trail is hard to follow in some places. Nice easy and pretty hike.

Trail not taken care of very well.

My hike was 1.03 miles around the park. I walked to the playground from the parking lot, down through the woods until I reached the overgrown area and housing development. Turned around and came back, took a left where the deer stand was until I hit the private property sign, then came back to the playground. I curved around it and made a loop on the concrete until I reached my truck again.

A typical local trail, nice for a morning out. Several private swimming spots to let the dog cool down. Forested and shaded all the way around.

4 months ago

Good to see this trail finally open after many months under water and covered in debris from hurricane wind and water damage. The park staff have done a great job clearing and still have a little work to do. There are several spots where you need to find the red blaze as with all the debris the trail tends to disappear in spots. Great access points to small beaches on Jordan Lake. This trail is more interesting than the blue trail as there is more access to the water. Saw and heard several herons that look like pterodactyls when they fly. Enjoy!

So much trash on the trail!

off trail
over grown
7 months ago

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.

I defineately 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.

trail still closed

this trail is currently closed

Its closed even though their website doesn't mention that. Wasted an hour's drive.

10 months ago

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

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.

Nice hike, but the boardwalk was washed out and if it hasn't been raining, you can walk around. If it's been raining, probably not so easy to walk around.

Thu Aug 30 2018

Not maintained at all. Had to double back numerous times to find the trail. Eventually I lost the trail completely and turned around. Lasted only about 1 mile. Will give it one more try and walk it. However my first impression is this trail is not worth your time.

Great walk with my 3yr old. Easy access from the trail to several small beaches (water is low at Jordan Lake at the moment). I did not find the entrance of the trail at the parking lot (saw it later: walk 200 meters along the main road) so I started it at the southern end; at Seaforth Beach parking lot. A short part of the wooden boardwalk near the southwest end of the loop is broken, but we could walk on the dry soil where the boardwalk used to be.

So this trail has a lot of potential as the scenery is great, however, the trail needs a little TLC. I hiked the east side in both directions and going north the trail is much prettier as it follows the river bank pretty tightly so the views are great. The trail is really tight though with grass and branches hitting you along the way. Likely this is a winter/spring trail as it will be overgrown in late spring/summer. I would say it's almost bushwhacking in some places. Ticks and poison ivy would definitely be an issue in summer. Going south the trail is much more open, and appears to be well marked and hiked. The only drawback to the south hike is it's a bit inland from the riverbank so the views aren't that great. All in all, a great trail, just needs some maintenance. Would be great if we could setup a workday to do some trail maintenance.

We pulled off to the right just past the Haw River Bridge going east from Pittsboro. Parking is ample for several cars. The hike goes north under the bridge and along the river. It is sandy and easily located. Just keep moving up river and you'll be fine. The first obstacle you come to is a feeder stream with steep banks - just like the other two you'll come to, go up stream a little bit and you'll see where to cross. Only on the last one did we really have to touch the shallow water, but all are fordable. We did lose the trail one time, but looked away from the river and found a wider trail marked with yellow blazes. Also would be good for someone with the state park service to come along with a chainsaw to cut a path through many of the tree trunks that cross the trail - not that bad, but not the same maintenance we see with other NC trails. We saw evidence of beavers, lots of birds, and all kinds of rock formations and islands in the middle of the river. Several were out walking dogs, kayaking and just enjoying the day. It's about 4 miles each way but you can go as far as you want. We really enjoyed it. Recommend hiking it during the winter months or early spring before it's overgrown.

The flat easy Pond Trail at Seaforth on Jordan Lake is a loop to three ponds in various states, one has deep black water, the other two are full of debris. The trail starts off through hardwoods and then a boardwalk over a muddy section, then enters a pine forest. Would be good for a 1.4 mile trail run as there are not many roots and hardly any rocks. Not really that interesting, but the Seaforth beach and surrounding areas have plenty of activities.

was flooded and the board walk was broken

There are a few resources on hiking available at http://www.lowerhaw.org/ , which is the web site of the new Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area organization, part of the NC Friends of State Parks organization.

We park by 15/501 bridge and went into the upper stream of the dam, the trail is so narrow with 4 inch grass and bushes. Lots of trees fall down upon the river and small creek, my 7 year old loves walking and jumping on them.

It's view of the river is beautiful, but there was overwhelming trash debris. If you bring dogs, you should be conscientious about glass, and there is no trash can for their pickup that we came across. It seems it would be a good hike ordinarily, but I wouldn't recommend it if you hike with your dogs.

This is a beautiful hike especially in the fall. I do want to remind folks that going north from the US64 bridge on the eastern side borders private property. There is no access to this trail from Sugar Lake Road (that I'm aware of) and there is definitely no access from within the private neighborhood of Redbud. Please be sure to use only park service posted trail heads. I encourage folks to experience this hike and see how beautiful the Haw River is - now voted one of the 10 worst rivers in the US - and hopefully it will inspire you to help save it. I've added a link to the Haw River Assembly who would be happy to have more volunteers and donations to help further their preservation work.

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