The Haw River Trail highlights local culture and history as well as the area’s natural resources. If you’re visiting the Trail, consider stopping in at these great local attractions that will enhance your trip. If you’re local but haven’t visited all of these sites, set aside some time to get to know these great resources in your own backyard. We’ve put together a list of destinations that are easily accessible from the Trail or will complement your experience on the Trail. For a comprehensive listing of attractions and events in Alamance County visit the Alamance Convention & Visitor’s Bureau’s website or give them a call at (336) 570-1444.
Haw River Ballroom
A beautiful and popular music venue instrumental in the emergence of Saxapahaw as a cultural hub in Alamance County. The Haw River Ballroom is housed in the former Dye House of Saxapahaw's Historic Cotton Mill, within walking distance of the HRT. It features three levels, a riverside deck, and a concession bar/coffee shop.
Location: 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd., Saxapahaw, NC 27340
Phone: (336) 525-2314
Alamance Arts is home of the Alamance County Arts Council, committed to making art a tangible presence in the lives of Alamance County citizens. The facility hosts exhibits, events, educational programming, meetings of the Alamance Artisans Guilds, and a gift shop. It also provides information on exhibits in local sister galleries such as the Paramount Theater.
Haw River Historical Museum
Operated by the Haw River Historical Association, this local museum is within walking distance from the HRT at Red Slide Park. It celebrates the history of 250-year-old Haw River, a town central in the development of the state's textile industry and railroad, with photographs, artifacts, and exhibits.
Glencoe Mill Village & The Textile Heritage Museum at Glencoe
The HRT passes right through the heart of Glencoe Mill Village, which dates from the late 1800s. Interpretive markers dot the streets of the village and provide visitors with information. The museum is located in the former company store and office of the Glencoe Cotton Mill and preserves the rich history of Southern textile heritage.
A North Carolina Historic Site set on the grounds of the Battle of Alamance- a rebellion of backcountry farmers, known as the Regulators, against the troops of royal governor William Tryon in 1771. The site also features the Allen House, a log cabin characteristic of western homesteads in that period, and a yearly reenactment of the Battle of Alamance.
Alamance County Historical Museum
Housed in the birthplace of local textile pioneer E.M. Holt, this museum gives visitors a rich experience of the mid-19th century in Alamance County. The house was built in 1790 as part of the old "Oak Grove" grain plantation. The museum features multiple period rooms and a collection of mid-19th century artifacts. Special events throughout the year.