Activities

Locations mentioned on this page are noted on our map.

Hiking

There are no authorized State Parks trails at this time, but there are multiple unofficial footpaths you can hike along the lower Haw.  Enjoy this beautiful area, but please do not trespass on private property.
  • Bynum Dam parking lot
    A footpath goes upstream along the east side of the Haw.

  • Old Bynum Bridge (small paved) and Bynum Mill Access (large paved) parking lots
    A footpath goes downstream along the east side of the Haw.

  • US 64 and the Haw River
    There are three places to park where the Haw crosses US 64.  A very small gravel parking lot on the south east side, a large paved parking lot on the south west side, and some roadside parking on the north west side.  From all parking lots, you can hike upstream and downstream the Haw.  The footpath from the parking lot on the north west side is not directly adjacent to the river.

  • Canoe Launch parking lot
    A footpath goes upstream along the west side of the Haw, eventually all the way to US 64. 

Kayaking / Canoeing

There are multiple places where canoes and kayaks can be put in a long the lower Haw.  Caution:  please check the USGS river gauge near Bynum for water levels before your trip since high water levels can be dangerous.  Maximum safe water level for this section of river is 5.7 feet on the USGS Bynum gauge.
  • Bynum Dam parking lot
    Canoes and kayaks can be put in above the dam, and the river is generally flat for about a mile upstream.

  • Old Bynum Bridge and Bynum Mill Access parking lots
    For experts only, going downstream to US 64 or beyond

  • US 64 Kayak Launch parking lot
    For experts only, going downstream to the Canoe Launch or beyond

  • Canoe Launch parking lot
    Canoes and kayaks can be put in on the Haw, and the river is generally flat for a bit upstream, and quite a bit more downstream, all the way to Jordan Lake.

  • Robeson Creek Boat Ramp
    This boat launch is maintained by NC WRC, and has a full boat launch, not just for canoes and kayaks.  From here, you can take Robeson Creek about a mile to the Haw, and then go up or downstream.

Birding

Birds that you can frequently see along the Haw River are:

Fishing

For information on freshwater fishing regulations, see the current North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest or visit www.ncwildlife.org.  Fishing spots along the Haw River include:
 
  • Robeson Creek Canoe Access (GPS Coordinates 35.7164, -79.0965) for Catfish, Largemouth bass, Sunfish, White bass
  • US 15-501 Canoe Access (GPS Coordinates 35.7767, -79.1459) for Catfish, Largemouth bass, Sunfish
  • US 64 Canoe Access (GPS Coordinates 35.7309, -79.1069) for Catfish, Largemouth bass, Sunfish