New Paddle Access on Old Greensboro Highway

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UNION BRIDGE PADDLE ACCESS COMPLETES THE ALAMANCE COUNTY PORTION OF THE HAW RIVER PADDLE TRAIL

The Union Bridge Paddle Access on Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road is the 14th and final Paddle Access in the Alamance County portion of the Haw River Trail, completing almost 40 miles of Paddle Trail through the County. The Paddle Trail starts at Brooks Bridge Paddle Access on the Guilford-Alamance County line and ends at Union Bridge on the Alamance-Orange County line. The access will be completed by the end of February 2016.

The Union Bridge Paddle Access is designed much like the other HRT Paddle Accesses in Alamance County. It offers a parking area that can accommodate several vehicles, informational kiosks with maps of the paddle trail, and a steel staircase leading down to the river for easy put-in and take-out. This access provides a halfway point between Saxapahaw Mill Race Paddle Access and the 15-501 Paddle Access at Bynum Dam, currently an 11-mile stretch. This access is also pproximately 5 miles upriver from the Chicken Bridge Access in Chatham County.

The paddle from Saxapahaw Mill Race Paddle Access down to Union Bridge Paddle Access is approximately 5 miles and is recommended as an intermediate section. This is a fun paddle with intermittent rapids and moving water, as well as a few leisurely sections with beautiful views of the river and its wildlife. The minimum recommended USGS gauge level for this section is 2.1 feet at Haw River. To check the USGS gauge visit our website at www.thehaw.org. The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. provides both sit-on-top kayak rentals and guides trips from the Saxapahaw Mill Race Paddles Access to the Chicken Bridge Access.

This article is modified from a recent article in “The Mouth of the Haw”