Lower Haw River State Natural Area & Bynum Mill

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  • When you pull in on your right is the foundation of the mill and Bynum Bridge. On the left of the parking lot is the start of a very beautiful trail that takes you into Duke Forest and along the Haw River. This is a great place to float the river and fun swimming spots, you can also kyack, canoe and float the river. Also, please check the river levels and prediction service.

    Here is a blog post from one of the Kowald Adventures at the Lower Haw River.

    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 the 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.

    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 on US 15-501
      A footpath goes upstream along the east side of the Haw.
    • Old Bynum Bridge (Bynum Rd) and Bynum Mill Access (Bynum Church Rd) 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.
    • Robeson Creek Canoe Launch parking lot
      A footpath goes upstream along the west side of the Haw, eventually all the way to US 64.

    Kayaking / Canoeing

    • Bynum Dam parking lot on US 15-501
      Canoes and kayaks can be put in above the dam, and the river is generally flat for about a mile upstream.
    • Old Bynum Bridge (Bynum Rd), Bynum Mill Access (Bynum Church Rd), and Bynum Beach (Bynum Beach Rd) parking lots
      For experts only, going downstream to US 64 or beyond
    • US 64 Haw River Canoe Access parking lot
      For experts only, going downstream to the Canoe Launch or beyond
    • Robeson Creek Canoe Launch parking lot
      Canoes and kayaks can be put in on the Haw (despite the location’s name “Robeson Creek”), 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 Wildlife Resources Commission 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.

    The above information is from Friends of Lower Haw River website where you can find more information.

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