Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area is a grassroots group dedicated to supporting the Lower Haw River State Natural Area in Chatham County, NC.

photo by Patrick Mueller

About the Lower Haw River State Natural Area

NC State Parks owns about 1,025 acres along both sides of the Haw River in Chatham County, known as the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. It stretches from above US 15-501 near Bynum to below US 64 at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

This section of river is designated as Nationally Significant by the NC Natural Heritage Program for rare aquatic species and their habitats, and the riverbank lands are designated as Statewide Significant for natural areas. It includes habitat for endangered species and beautiful rugged scenery.

NC State Parks established State Natural Areas (SNA) as a different type of unit within the state park system. State Natural Areas focus on conservation and preservation of special places. Unlike state parks, facilities are limited in State Natural Areas, making them ideal places for low impact activities such as birding, nature photography, fishing, hiking, and paddling.