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Haw River

by William Majoros


This tributary of Jordan Lake can attract numerous warblers during the spring migration. Parking in the (very) small gravel lot on the east side of the river at NC 64, take the trail upriver or (preferably) downriver.

Getting There

The trail along the Haw River's western side can be accessed from a canoe put-in site on the southwest side of the US64 bridge. From the Raleigh area take US64 west past Jordan Lake. Just before the new Pittsboro bypass (approx. 3.75 miles west of the lake) the highway crosses the Haw River. Just west of (after) the bridge take the 1st left, and then another immediate left. The canoe launch is well marked with a brown DOT sign. You'll be on a 2-lane road parallel to the highway heading back east. The road terminates after several hundred yards in a small gravel parking lot. Park here (securely lock your vehicle) and walk north (left) along the riverbank. The fisherman's trails go some distance along the bank. Use caution during high water levels as portions of the trails may be submerged.

Trails on the east side of the river can be accessed via a small, steeply sloping gravel pull off just after crossing the bridge eastbound. Trails leading south from the eastern side parking lot are somewhat easier to follow than the west-side trails, however the birding may be better on the west side.


No restrooms are provided; however, gas stations with restrooms are located nearby.

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