There’s a lot to do and see on the Haw River Trail and in the surrounding area. If you’re making a longer trip of it, or just looking for a local weekend getaway, you’ll need a place to stay. In addition to traditional lodging chains available in nearby cities, be sure to consider an overnight stay with a more local touch. The following inns and bed & breakfasts offer local flavor and a unique experience, with locations convenient to the Trail and other local points of interest. If you’re looking for a more primitive, outdoor experience, try camping on the Trail itself! A comprehensive list of lodging options for the area can be found on the Alamance Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
Shallow Ford Natural Area
Three primitive back country campsites. Available by reservation. Located approximately one mile from the parking area or via a dedicated paddle access on the Haw River.
Water and restrooms at parking area only. Camping is $10/night. Reserve online or call (336) 229-2410.Reserve Online
Primitive, hike-in only campsites on the Haw River Trail. Sites are grouped together along the river about 2 miles from either Copland Mill or US70 Bridge. Sites are level and include a fire ring.
Great Bend Park
Great Bend campsites include a 12' x 12' tent pad, picnic table, and a fire ring. All sites are shaded by hardwoods and are just a short walk from the Haw River and Glencoe Dam. Parking is approximately 1/5 of a mile from the camping area at 350 Greenwood Dr, Burlington, NC 27217.
Two camping platforms. Operated by the Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company. Only accessible via canoe or kayak on the Haw River. Located approximately one mile south of Swepsonville River Park.
Saxapahaw Campground is a privately owned campground that encompasses 10 acres of beautiful wooded land and is located right on the Haw River just below the Saxapahaw dam. It is an easy 10-minute walk from the campground to the village of Saxapahaw.
The Acorn Inn
A locally-owned, 12-suite luxury inn located 2 blocks from Elon University and only 3 miles from I-40. Convenient to the northern HRT Paddle Accesses and Shallow Ford Natural Area. A 2-bedroom VIP suite is available, as are special event packages. The owners make a significant effort to be environmentally conscious. Daily hot breakfast.
The Acorn Suites
The Acorn Inn's new sister property in Mebane offers an extended stay option with 30 premium suites. Each suite features living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette. Amenities include business and fitness centers and laundry on each floor. Enjoy open and spacious suites and Southern hospitality.
Small B&B Cafe
A combined B&B and Cafe offering a truly unique experience in Pittsboro. With three "beautiful and unexpected" rooms, two designed by an architecture professor, it is also kid and pet friendly. The owners emphasize sustainability and environmental friendliness, with foods sourced from local farms and suppliers, a solar water heater, and cistern.
The Yurt at Frog Pond
A rustic yurt set deep in the woods of Saxapahaw. The single-room yurt accommodates up to 4 guests and has a separate bath house a short walk away. Guests have access to over 20 acres. Enjoy the deck with firepit and a hot tub overlooking Frog Pond. Offers a camping-like experience.
Location: 2800 Austin Quarter Rd., Graham, NC 27253
Phone: Please contact through Airbnb website
Inn at Bingham School
An award-winning historic B&B set in a beautiful country home dating to the early 1800s. Located between Saxapahaw and Chapel Hill, it offers four guest rooms appointed with luxurious antiques and fine linens. Enjoy a full hot breakfast, complimentary wine & cheese, and 10 acres of park-like grounds.