Lower Haw State Natural Area

Pittsboro, North Carolina

NC State Parks owns about 1,025 acres along both sides of the Haw River in Chatham County, known as the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. It stretches from above US 15-501 near Bynum to below US 64 where it adjoins the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The NC Natural Heritage Program rates this natural area as Exceptional for aquatic habitat, and Very High for habitats and riverbank lands. It includes habitat for endangered species and beautiful rugged scenery. The Lower Haw River State Natural Area was added to the NC State Parks System in June 2004 as part of the "New Parks for a New Century" initiative. The property was formerly part of Duke University's Duke Forest Program. In 2006, State Parks added two acquisitions above the Bynum Dam at US 15-501, including the 82-acre Pegg Tract on the east side of the Haw River and the 40-acre Stevens Tract on the west side of the Haw River. An additional acquisition of the 7-acre Bynum Mill Tract was added in 2007.

NC State Parks established State Natural Areas (SNA) as a different type of unit within the state park system. State Natural Areas focus on conservation and preservation of special places. Unlike state parks, facilities are limited in state natural areas, making them ideal places for low impact activities such as birding, nature photography, fishing, hiking, and paddling.

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 16th, 2019. Haw River Assembly updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Lower Haw State Natural Area is sampled weekly from May 10th to September 10th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Haw River Assembly staff and interns monitor water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts May 10th and ends September 10th.

Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli at all sites. Basic water chemistry (pH, DO, temp, conductivity) is also monitored at all sites. Haw River Assembly utilizes the standardized federal criteria of 235 E.coli/100 ml for collecting and analyzing water samples. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli cfu (colony forming units) per 100 ml. Water samples are collected weekly. Results are posted one day after collection. Results will be communicated through the swim guide app and results tables will be put on Haw River Assembly’s website and social media site. They are also available by email or by calling Haw River Assembly at 919-542-5790 or emily@hawriver.org.
A beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 235 E.coli /
100 ML water.
A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 235 E.coli /
100 ML water.
A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no
available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Lower Haw State Natural Area

Pittsboro, North Carolina

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 16th, 2019. Haw River Assembly updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

NC State Parks owns about 1,025 acres along both sides of the Haw River in Chatham County, known as the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. It stretches from above US 15-501 near Bynum to below US 64 where it adjoins the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The NC Natural Heritage Program rates this natural area as Exceptional for aquatic habitat, and Very High for habitats and riverbank lands. It includes habitat for endangered species and beautiful rugged scenery. The Lower Haw River State Natural Area was added to the NC State Parks System in June 2004 as part of the "New Parks for a New Century" initiative. The property was formerly part of Duke University's Duke Forest Program. In 2006, State Parks added two acquisitions above the Bynum Dam at US 15-501, including the 82-acre Pegg Tract on the east side of the Haw River and the 40-acre Stevens Tract on the west side of the Haw River. An additional acquisition of the 7-acre Bynum Mill Tract was added in 2007.

NC State Parks established State Natural Areas (SNA) as a different type of unit within the state park system. State Natural Areas focus on conservation and preservation of special places. Unlike state parks, facilities are limited in state natural areas, making them ideal places for low impact activities such as birding, nature photography, fishing, hiking, and paddling.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Lower Haw State Natural Area is sampled weekly from May 10th to September 10th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Haw River Assembly staff and interns monitor water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts May 10th and ends September 10th.

Water at all sites is sampled for E. coli at all sites. Basic water chemistry (pH, DO, temp, conductivity) is also monitored at all sites. Haw River Assembly utilizes the standardized federal criteria of 235 E.coli/100 ml for collecting and analyzing water samples. Test results are expressed as Most Probable Number (MPN) of E.coli cfu (colony forming units) per 100 ml. Water samples are collected weekly. Results are posted one day after collection. Results will be communicated through the swim guide app and results tables will be put on Haw River Assembly’s website and social media site. They are also available by email or by calling Haw River Assembly at 919-542-5790 or emily@hawriver.org.
A beach is marked Green when single sample results are under 235 E.coli /
100 ML water.
A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 235 E.coli /
100 ML water.
A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no
available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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