Calendar of Trips

We add trips to our schedule as they are requested. If you don’t see the trip you would like on our calendar you can register for the one you are interested in and we will add it to our calendar as long as our schedule permits. Trips are created on a first come, first serve basis so the further ahead you register the more options you have in trips and start time. Visit the Choosing a Trip page for guidance to help you decide which trip would be best for your group.

Outdoor activities are always subject to changes in weather. If there is just a light rain or passing shower we can go ahead with the trip. Incase of storms with heavy rains and/or lightning we will cancel the trip and notify you as far ahead as possible. Trip availability also depends on the river levels.

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Sat 4th May
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There is no better way to see the night sky in the Piedmont of North Carolina than by paddling, at night, on a lake, and at the time of a new moon. If astronomy is your hobby — or even if you just want to learn about what you've been looking at all these years — this float trip will be both fun and educational.

Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the stars become brighter, everyone will “raft-up,” lay back, and identify stars and constellations.

Fee: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Sat 4th May
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More info: ANNETTESUP8
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More info: SUP Yoga – Annette Greenway – 2019
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Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga is a natural extension of Yoga – it encourages calm and focus, but it's done outside, with nature serving as the studio space. Being on the water will add a little more balance challenge too!

In this course, we will offer a short tutorial on paddling a stand up paddleboard; however, it is best if you have had some previous paddleboard experience which can be obtained by taking our Quick Start Stand Up Paddleboard course. After a short paddle to a calm spot in the river, we will move through a Yoga practice as a group.  The practice will be tailored to participants' experience with yoga. You will learn to perform Yoga poses while floating on water. Because of the moving surface, you will be engaging muscles that you would not normally, which makes this a fun and challenging class! Adding the imbalance of floating means that you will have to use your core much more than you would in a studio yoga class. We will finish  with seated meditation on the paddleboard and of course some time floating in Relaxation Pose. You may want to plan to get wet; falling off a paddleboard has been known to happen, but it can be done safely.

This 1.5 hour course is taught on the Haw River above the dam in Saxapahaw, NC and starts at 9:00 a.m. Participants are responsible for providing clothing and footwear that can get wet, a towel and a change of clothing for the ride home.

Annette Greenway is the instructor

Fee: $45 per person with paddleboard, paddle, PFD (Personal Floatation Device), anchor and instructor provided.

$30 Per person if bringing your own paddleboard to the session!

Sign up for three sessions within the season and receive the fourth session on us! 

Custom private sessions available as well! ask about our availability!

ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Call or Email for availability

336-260-6465

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Sat 4th May
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Spirit Island in the Haw River is located just downriver from a dam and powerhouse
that in the early part of the twentieth century supplied electricity to a textile mill in
Swepsonville, NC. Today, the Island is remote, wild, peaceful and a wonderful place to
escape the stresses of an urban lifestyle.

We begin this canoe and/or kayak trip at the Swepsonville River Park Access paddling a short distance to spirit island and the puryear portage.  We will stop on the river just after the portage for a picnic lunch!Following lunch, our paddle will take us downriver to Saxapahaw. Because of the remote nature
of this stretch of river, birds and wildlife are easily seen. Volcanic rock outcrops along
the shoreline show evidence of an interesting geologic past. Guests are asked to bring a picnic style lunch packed in a waterproof container.  (no glass items please)

Fee: $45 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

 

 

 

 

Sun 5th May
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Find peace and serenity that exists around and within us while paddling on the Haw River.  Meditation increases focus, calmness, patience, consciousness and clarity.  It does not have to be about sitting for hours in an uncomfortable position.  It can be a relaxing paddle and immersion in Nature.  Being in Nature and on the river helps to develop an awareness that is hard to find indoors.

No meditation and/or paddling experience is necessary for this guided trip.  You just need to be open to the sounds, sights and smells all around you while doing your best to calm the thoughts racing through your mind.

Fee:  $40.00 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Sat 11th May
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Big Alamance Creek, upriver of its confluence with the Haw River, and the river itself, upriver of the dams at Altamahaw, Saxapahaw and Bynum, NC, are great places to search for and watch birds and wildlife, especially in the early evening hours. The banks are heavily forested along the shoreline, creating ideal habitat for barred owls, one of the largest of owls. It isn’t always easy to see barred owls at night, but it is very easy to hear them as they call to each other. Male and female barred owls have different and distinctive calls, so it’s easy to identify them, even when you can’t see them. Their loud, sometimes hysterical sounding hoots, along with the slapping of beaver tails, make paddling at night an uncommon adventure.

Fee: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Sat 11th May
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Paddling technique, safety and enjoyment are emphasized in this 8 hour introduction to recreational kayaking. Instruction is designed to give participants a solid foundation in recreational kayaking — beginning with choosing the correct equipment and moving to proper weld, entry and launch techniques; balance; bracing; strokes; safety; self-rescue techniques; assisted rescue techniques; and trip planning. There is plenty of time to observe birds and wildlife while practicing various techniques. We will break in the middle for lunch so bring a bag lunch with you.

Fee: $120 per person.

Sat 11th May
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Designed for the total beginner who doesn't have time for more in-depth instruction, the "Quick Start" course offers a 3 hour, intense introduction to kayaking. The course emphasizes safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition, and follows American Canoe Association guidelines. Specific topics include personal preparation for the trip, safety and rescue, proper equipment, getting started and maneuvers. A review at the end of the course will help to insure learning.

Fee: $60 per person.

Sat 11th May
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This 8 hour introductory course in the basics of river canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, maneuvering in current, river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. You will also have an opportunity to paddle both solo and in tandem. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife. We will break in the middle for lunch so bring a bag lunch with you.

Fee: $120 per person.

Sat 11th May
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Designed for the total beginner who doesn't have time for more in-depth instruction, the "Quick Start" course offers a 3 hour, intense introduction to canoeing. The course emphasizes safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition, and follows American Canoe Association guidelines. Specific topics include personal preparation for the trip, safety and rescue, proper equipment, getting started and maneuvers. A review at the end of the course will help to insure learning.

Fee: $60 per person.

Sat 11th May
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Stand up paddleboarding is a new and exciting way to get out into nature while, at the same time, having a full-body, paddling experience.  This introductory course is for those without previous stand up paddleboard experience.  It begins with learning to paddle in the prone position, progresses to the kneeling position and concludes with the stand up position.  Students will learn how to identify the “sweet spot”, conduct basic turns, paddle efficiently by using the “paddler’s box” and utilize techniques for safely falling off the board.

This 1.5-hour course is taught on the Haw River above the dams at both Saxapahaw and Bynum, NC. Participants are responsible for providing clothing and footwear that can get wet, and a change of clothing for the ride home.

Fee: $50 per person.

Sun 12th May
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The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. is pleased to offer an “Introduction To Fly Fishing” course. With our casual riverside atmosphere, it is our intention to guide you through the steps necessary to enjoy a day on the water without the frustrations that often accompany learning a new sport/art. In our course we will cover gear & tackle, fundamentals of casting and basic fly presentation. We offer our instruction in either a group setting in front of our shop or as private instruction.   The shallows below the dam in Saxapahaw offer an ideal learning location as does the lake above the dam.

Fee:  $160 per person.  The fee includes instruction.  It also includes a Maxxon Outfitter's rod & reel and a couple of popular, hand-made flies to take home with you.

Sun 12th May
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In need of some mother-daughter bonding time?  The Haw River can be a great place to have an adventure to share and enjoy.  In addition to developing paddling skills, the aim of this trip is to have fun, get some exercise and experience Nature together.  No previous paddling experience necessary.

Fee:  $40.00 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.

Fri 17th May
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Why should children have all the fun. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself as special, and a good way to do that is to escape the stresses of home and work life for a weekend away from it all. That is where the Village of Saxapahaw, NC comes in. Our unincorporated village is known for a place where food is both good and good for you, the visual and performing arts are amazing and where Nature is in her full glory as you hike along or paddle on the Haw River.

This adult weekend adventure camp was created to free you from the chores of life while you enjoy staying in comfortable accommodations, eating great food that is prepared to your liking and paddling and hiking. The camp begins with a wine & cheese social Friday evening and concludes with an afternoon hike or paddle on Sunday. It will be up to you to choose how much or how little you want to participate in the planned activities. It is your weekend to get away.

Fee: $399 per person includes lodging for two evenings at TerraStay Farm, meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner) at the Saxapahaw General Store and guided hiking and river trips in addition to private paddling instruction.

Sat 18th May
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Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above a Piedmont lake. There is just something magical about moonbeams and water — and sharing the experience of looking at the moon with someone special, even if that someone special is just you.

Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the moonlight gets brighter, we will paddle around to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to fully take in our surroundings.

Fee: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.  Trip start time is 7PM.

We will meet at the main office in Saxapahaw at 6:45pm.  6079 Swepsonville Saxapahaw road.

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Sat 18th May
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This weekend course will provide instruction in the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking.

In the morning of the first day, students will learn about whitewater boating equipment, basic river safety and river navigation.

During the afternoon of the first day, we'll turn to instruction in essential paddling strokes -- forward, draws, sweeps and others -- before embarking on a short river trip to practice  eddy turns, peel outs and ferries.

On the second day, we will put together what was learned the first day with a 5.5 mile river trip that emphasizes river reading skills and negotiating class II rapids.

Fee: $195 per person.  A boat, PFD, paddle, spray skirt, wetsuit and helmet are provided.

Sat 18th May
to Mon 20th May
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Why should children have all the fun. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself as special, and a good way to do that is to escape the stresses of home and work life for a weekend away from it all. That is where the Village of Saxapahaw, NC comes in. Our unincorporated village is known for a place where food is both good and good for you, the visual and performing arts are amazing and where Nature is in her full glory as you hike along or paddle on the Haw River.

This adult weekend adventure camp was created to free you from the chores of life while you enjoy staying in comfortable accommodations, eating great food that is prepared to your liking and paddling and hiking. The camp begins with a wine & cheese social Friday evening and concludes with an afternoon hike or paddle on Sunday. It will be up to you to choose how much or how little you want to participate in the planned activities. It is your weekend to get away.

Fee: $399 per person includes lodging for two evenings at TerraStay Farm, meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner) at the Saxapahaw General Store and guided hiking and river trips in addition to private paddling instruction.

Sat 18th May
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This weekend introductory course in the basics of whitewater canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing in class II whitewater and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, whitewater maneuvers (e.g., upstream and downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs), river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. The second weekend day will be devoted to a 5.5 mile river trip. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife.

Fee: $195 per person.

Sun 19th May
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This weekend course will provide instruction in the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking.

In the morning of the first day, students will learn about whitewater boating equipment, basic river safety and river navigation.

During the afternoon of the first day, we'll turn to instruction in essential paddling strokes -- forward, draws, sweeps and others -- before embarking on a short river trip to practice  eddy turns, peel outs and ferries.

On the second day, we will put together what was learned the first day with a 5.5 mile river trip that emphasizes river reading skills and negotiating class II rapids.

Fee: $195 per person.  A boat, PFD, paddle, spray skirt, wetsuit and helmet are provided.

Sun 19th May
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Why should children have all the fun. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself as special, and a good way to do that is to escape the stresses of home and work life for a weekend away from it all. That is where the Village of Saxapahaw, NC comes in. Our unincorporated village is known for a place where food is both good and good for you, the visual and performing arts are amazing and where Nature is in her full glory as you hike along or paddle on the Haw River.

This adult weekend adventure camp was created to free you from the chores of life while you enjoy staying in comfortable accommodations, eating great food that is prepared to your liking and paddling and hiking. The camp begins with a wine & cheese social Friday evening and concludes with an afternoon hike or paddle on Sunday. It will be up to you to choose how much or how little you want to participate in the planned activities. It is your weekend to get away.

Fee: $399 per person includes lodging for two evenings at TerraStay Farm, meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner) at the Saxapahaw General Store and guided hiking and river trips in addition to private paddling instruction.

Sun 19th May
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This weekend introductory course in the basics of whitewater canoeing stresses technique, safety and enjoyment. Instruction is designed to provide both an understanding of the principals of canoeing in class II whitewater and an opportunity to develop skill through practice. You will learn about equipment, strokes, whitewater maneuvers (e.g., upstream and downstream ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs), river reading, safety, rescue techniques and knot tying. The second weekend day will be devoted to a 5.5 mile river trip. If the opportunity presents itself, we will take time to observe wildlife.

Fee: $195 per person.

Sat 25th May
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More info: ANNETTESUP8
More info: ANNETTESUP3
More info: SUP Yoga – Annette Greenway – 2019
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Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga is a natural extension of Yoga – it encourages calm and focus, but it's done outside, with nature serving as the studio space. Being on the water will add a little more balance challenge too!

In this course, we will offer a short tutorial on paddling a stand up paddleboard; however, it is best if you have had some previous paddleboard experience which can be obtained by taking our Quick Start Stand Up Paddleboard course. After a short paddle to a calm spot in the river, we will move through a Yoga practice as a group.  The practice will be tailored to participants' experience with yoga. You will learn to perform Yoga poses while floating on water. Because of the moving surface, you will be engaging muscles that you would not normally, which makes this a fun and challenging class! Adding the imbalance of floating means that you will have to use your core much more than you would in a studio yoga class. We will finish  with seated meditation on the paddleboard and of course some time floating in Relaxation Pose. You may want to plan to get wet; falling off a paddleboard has been known to happen, but it can be done safely.

This 1.5 hour course is taught on the Haw River above the dam in Saxapahaw, NC and starts at 9:00 a.m. Participants are responsible for providing clothing and footwear that can get wet, a towel and a change of clothing for the ride home.

Annette Greenway is the instructor

Fee: $45 per person with paddleboard, paddle, PFD (Personal Floatation Device), anchor and instructor provided.

$30 Per person if bringing your own paddleboard to the session!

Sign up for three sessions within the season and receive the fourth session on us! 

Custom private sessions available as well! ask about our availability!

ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Call or Email for availability

336-260-6465

Admin@hawrivercanoe.com

Sun 26th May
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The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. is pleased to offer an “Introduction To Fly Fishing” course. With our casual riverside atmosphere, it is our intention to guide you through the steps necessary to enjoy a day on the water without the frustrations that often accompany learning a new sport/art. In our course we will cover gear & tackle, fundamentals of casting and basic fly presentation. We offer our instruction in either a group setting in front of our shop or as private instruction.   The shallows below the dam in Saxapahaw offer an ideal learning location as does the lake above the dam.

Fee:  $160 per person.  The fee includes instruction.  It also includes a Maxxon Outfitter's rod & reel and a couple of popular, hand-made flies to take home with you.

Sun 26th May
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Find peace and serenity that exists around and within us while paddling on the Haw River.  Meditation increases focus, calmness, patience, consciousness and clarity.  It does not have to be about sitting for hours in an uncomfortable position.  It can be a relaxing paddle and immersion in Nature.  Being in Nature and on the river helps to develop an awareness that is hard to find indoors.

No meditation and/or paddling experience is necessary for this guided trip.  You just need to be open to the sounds, sights and smells all around you while doing your best to calm the thoughts racing through your mind.

Fee:  $40.00 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.