State Grant Will Help HRT Partnership Create Paddle Access at Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road

The stretch of the Haw between Saxapahaw and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road has always been one of the most popular for Haw River Trail paddlers. Unfortunately, a great trip has always ended with a difficult ascent up a muddy river bank, over private property and to a car parked on the shoulder of the road. A new grant awarded to Haw River Trail Partnership will help change that experience, creating a new public paddle access at the intersection of the Haw River and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road. The $40,000 Recreational Trail Program grant will help fund the cooperative effort between Alamance County, Orange County and the NC Department of Transportation, which is allowing the paddle access on the site of the old bridge over the Haw River. The new paddle access will extend the Haw River Paddle Trail by nearly six miles, and will serve as the final paddle access needed on the Haw in Alamance and Orange counties. The new Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road access is slated to open in 2013.

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