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: $35.00 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.
5.5 miles, 3 to 4 hours
Class A flat water
Min. river level – none above Saxapahaw dam
Access points – easy
$40 per single kayak or stand up paddleboard, $50 per tandem canoe or tandem kayak
A leisurely day of paddling awaits beginner and experienced paddlers alike upriver of the dam on Saxapahaw Lake. This is a great introductory experience particularly for parents paddling with children. This is a loop trip ending at the same place where you begin.
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: $35 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.
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: $40 per person with the canoe/kayak provided.