Master Plan

Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area Awarded Grant for Lower Haw Trails Master Plan


July 2017


We have been awarded a grant from Triangle Community Foundation to develop a Lower Haw Trails Master Plan.  Although informal use by hikers and paddlers has occurred for years, this state natural area is considered undeveloped by State Parks since there are no authorized land and paddle trails. 


The grant will be used to develop a trails master plan over the next year, providing a structured process for planning future sustainable development of official hiking and paddle trails and amenities.  Permitted uses include hiking, paddling, fishing, and swimming.  


Activities that will not be permitted are camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, motorized vehicle riding, or motorized boating.  


This project has been made possible with a grant from Triangle Community Foundation’s Support for Places Awareness Program.  Our Friends chapter is working with Recreation Resources Service to develop the plan and is collaborating with NC State Parks and other stakeholders as well as the public for input.



Public Input Meeting: Lower Haw Trails Master Plan

Date:   Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time:   6:30 - 8:00 pm
Place:  Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, 1192 US Hwy 64 West Business, Pittsboro NC 27312

The public is invited to attend a meeting about developing a trails master plan for the Lower Haw River State Natural Area in Chatham County.  Come view maps and share your wants, needs, and concerns for future sustainable development of this state natural area.