Do you like to read? Do you like to talk about books you read? Do you like to paddle? Have you been thinking you should combine all these things? Then the 2018 Haw River Book Club is exactly what you have been looking for. Over the course of the summer we will read three books on our own time, and then meet at the river to discuss what we have read.
This will be a 2 to 3-hour trip for paddlers of all skill levels and ages. We will paddle up river at a relaxed pace and will “raft-up” and chat about the book, in a discussion facilitated by the guide. Please feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you to enjoy on the river. After paddling, guests will find several great venues in our small village to enjoy a post paddle meal, drink, or social if you want to keep the discussion going!
So, go visit your local bookstore or library and pick up a copy of the book club book!
Our first book will be “The Nature Fix” by Florence Williams. The second book will be "The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. The third book will be determined. Check back for updates. We will have the book posted soon.
Fee: $35 per person with a canoe or kayak provided, $30 per person with your own boat.
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.
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, $30 per person with your own boat.