While searching for whitewater, though, take time to curl up in an eddy and take in the scenery. The lush riparian forest overflows the mid-river islands and clings to any available space along the banks. Rocks cascade into the Haw from river left in spots, and you’ll likely paddle past and over small dams from the river’s heyday as a haven for textile mills. Look closely for signs of the river’s human past. Look, too, for the fat watersnakes that sun streamside in warmer weather (and worry not; they’re of the non-venomous variety).
A nice mix of adrenaline and eye candy.
For a complete description of this stretch, including hazards, consult “Paddling Eastern North Carolina” (see below).
More info, including maps and access: “Paddling Eastern North Carolina,” Paul Ferguson (2007, Pocosin Press).
Rating: Class I-II
Length: 3.6 miles
Drive: 40 minutes from downtown
Put-in: Bynum Road/SR 1713
Take-out: Bynum Beach Road (off Bynum Road)
Time to complete: 1.5 hours
Gauge: USGS Haw River near Bynum
Minimum flow: 340 cfs