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Haw River State Park

posted Dec 23, 2018, 3:59 PM by Justin P   [ updated Dec 30, 2018, 1:19 PM ]
Sunday morning, it was quite cold when we woke up.  Alex had kept us warm in the tent, but it was rough getting out.  After breakfast, we broke camp.  Alex seemed quite disappointed that we were taking down the tent - he really loves camping.  Sandy had to work in the evening, but we wanted to get a hike in on the way home.  Our original plan was Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, but it was closed with the federal government shutdown.  So instead, we went to Haw River State Park north of Greensboro.  First, we went to the visitor center at the Summit Center area of the park.

After getting Alex's passport stamped, we hiked the Piedmont Loop Trail.  Heading down, we stopped to see Robins Nest Lake.

Continuing on, there was a split with Wetlands Boardwalk.

The boardwalk to the north headed out to a scenic view of Haw River.

The main trail then looped back around to the lake and back to the visitor center.  Next, we headed to the Iron Ore Belt Access Area to hike the Great Blue Heron Loop.

Although the trail didn't get too close to Haw River, the flood plain was completely underwater.

North Carolina's gotten so much rain this year.  After finishing up the loop, we started making our way home.