Master Plan

June 2018 - Two Presentation Sessions Tentatively Scheduled for June 14th on Lower Haw Trails Master Plan

 

Date:                            Thursday, June 14th

Afternoon Session:    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Evening Session:       6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Place:                          Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro NC 27312

 

State Parks is currently reviewing the trails master plan, and we have tentatively scheduled presentations to the public for June 14th pending completion of State Parks' review.  Please check back for confirmation of presentation date.


Two presentation sessions are tentatively planned for June 14th about the Lower Haw Trails Master Plan.  Both sessions will have the same format.  Recreation Resources Service (RRS) at NC State University will present an overview of the planning process and summary of recommendations with conceptual plans for the Lower Haw River State Natural Area in Chatham County.  An online version of the plan will also be made available for viewing on our website, with an online comment form for feedback. 

  

RRS has worked in partnership with Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area (a local chapter of Friends of State Parks) and NC State Parks to develop this Lower Haw Trails Master Plan.  The resulting plan incorporates data gathered about the site and input from stakeholders and the public.

 

The Lower Haw River State Natural Area, a unit of NC State Parks, consists of 1,025 acres on both sides of the Haw River from above US 15-501 near Bynum to below US 64 to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.  Although informal use has occurred for years, this state natural area is considered undeveloped by NC State Parks since there are no official land or paddle trails, or amenities.  This project has been made possible with a grant from Triangle Community Foundation’s Support for Places Awareness Program.



July 2017 - Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area Awarded Grant for Lower Haw Trails Master Plan

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 official 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.  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.  Click here for an area overview map produced as part of the Master Plan effort.


October 2017 Public Input Meeting: Lower Haw Trails Master Plan

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

The public was invited to attend a meeting about developing a trails master plan for the Lower Haw River State Natural Area in Chatham County.  Participants viewed maps and shared their wants, needs, and concerns for future sustainable development of this state natural area.  Thanks to everyone who attended the public input meeting on Thursday evening, October 19!  See photos of the meeting on our Facebook page.

In addition to the public input session, we met with many other stakeholders to get their input.  We've heard from local government stakeholders including Chatham County, Pittsboro Parks, Swift Water Rescue Team, Sheriff's Office, and Emergency Operations.  We had a meeting for members of Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area on the evening on October 17th.  Stakeholders who attended our State and Federal Agencies meeting included Triangle J Council of Governments, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Geological Survey, and NC Natural Heritage Program.  Stakeholders who attended our Outdoor Interest Groups meeting included Haw River Assembly, Triangle Land Conservancy, UNC Campus Recreation Outdoor Education Program, and the Haw River Trail Coordinator.  Stakeholders who attended our Business Community meeting included Haw River Canoe & Kayak, Great Outdoor Provision Company, and Chatham County Convention & Visitors Bureau. We also met with Chatham Park and Retreat on Haw River.  In addition to input from meetings, we received a lot of feedback in writing from stakeholders and the public.  We have gotten a lot of helpful information and appreciate the input received from all of these stakeholders and the general public.