Parks & Recreation

Shallow Ford Natural Area

Address: 1955 Gerringer Mill Raod, Burlington, NC Phone: (336) 229-2410 Website: Admission: Free.

The natural area contains approximately five miles of hiking trails and extends the Haw River Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail by over a mile. The natural area also includes two paddle accesses, backcountry camping and picnic areas. The development of Shallow Ford Natural Area also provides a critical connection for the Haw River Paddle Trail. The access provides a much needed take-out for paddlers putting in at Altamahaw Paddle Access, and creates a great put-in for paddlers taking out at Indian Valley. The Section of the Haw River between Gerringer Mill Road and Indian Valley Paddle Access is very calm, and an excellent stretch for beginning paddlerss


11th Annual YeeHaw! River Paddle

A benefit for the Haw River Trail Family & Beginners’ Paddle 11:00am-12:00pm Check-in 10:30am-11:00am Indian Valley Drive Paddle Access 930 Indian Valley Dr, Burlington, NC 27217 Parking available at large Golf Course Parking lot. YeeHaw! River Paddle 9:30am-finish Check-in from 9:00am-9:30am Shallow Ford Natural Area (1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Elon, NC 27244) Parking available at Western Alamance High School Event Description The YeeHaw! River Paddle brings together paddlers of all skill levels to enjoy the Haw River as a community. Proceeds from the event support the Haw River Trail in furtherance of our "Conservation through Recreation" mission. Paddle Route This year's event features two paddles, a Family & Beginners’ Paddle and the YeeHaw! River Paddle. The YeeHaw! Paddle will take place on the stretch of river from the paddle access at Shallow Ford Natural Area to the dam at Indian Valley Golf Course. This 4.2-mile stretch is appropriate for beginner paddlers, featuring a blend of flat water and class 1 rapids with beautiful views of the river and its wildlife. It will take approximately 2 hours to paddle this section. To learn more about this section follow this link: Participants will need to bring their own boat or arrange rental in advance with a participating outfitter: (Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company, River Run Outfitters, and Three Rivers Outfitters). Outfitter contact information is available at No extra rental boats will be available at the event. The Family & Beginners' Paddle route begins at the Indian Valley Paddle Access below the dam. Participants will have an hour to paddle up and down the flat water section between Indian Valley and the Glencoe Dam. Boats will be provided at no cost by our sponsoring outfitters. NO personal boats please. No walk ups you must register in advance. *Registration includes an event Tshirt Parking and Registration Location YeeHaw! River Paddle participants should park at Western Alamance High School (2175 Gerringer Mill Rd., Elon, NC 27244). No parking will be available at Shallowford. Shuttles/trailers will be provided to take you down to the paddle access. The check-in booth will be located at Shallow Ford Natural Area. If participating in the 11th Annual YeeHaw! River Paddle, return shuttles for participants & their boats will be provided at the end of the paddle from Indian Valley back to Western Alamance High School. Participants in the Family & Beginners’ Paddle will park at the Indian Valley Golf Course and check-in at the Indian Valley Paddle Access (930 Indian Valley Dr, Burlington, NC 27217). Boat Rentals Paddlers for the Family & Beginners’ Paddle do NOT need to contact an outfitter prior to the event. You will be matched with a boat at the event. No personal boats for this paddle please. No walk ups. Paddlers participating in the YeeHaw! River Paddle should bring their own boat, or contact one of our participating outfitters *Note: The participating outfitters will be on-site with their rental equipment- if you are renting from a participating outfitter you will not need to transport your boat. Please make your rental arrangements in advance of the event. Paddling is an inherently dangerous activity. By registering to participate in the 2017 10th Annual Yee-Haw! River Paddle, you are agreeing that you have reviewed and agree to the terms of the Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk (this can be found on the Haw River Trail website at Please read and review this document, but it is not necessary to print or bring it.  
June 30, 2018

June 30, 2018

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