Enjoy the Trail with us! Each year, we hold two large fundraising events: the YeeHaw! River Paddle in the Spring and the Trailathlon in the Fall. These events not only serve as benefits for the Trail, but also as opportunities to connect the community to this wonderful resource. The Haw River Trail captures the natural resources, history, and culture of Alamance County and surrounding regions, and serves as a critical resource for connecting the community to its heritage. We rely heavily on grant funding, donations, and fundraising to continue building and maintaining the Trail. All event proceeds support the Haw River Trail.

Never been on the river before? Not an experienced marathoner? That’s OK- our events are untimed and friendly to all skill levels. We welcome families, locals, and out of town visitors every year. We also invite local businesses to sponsor the events. For more information about sponsoring an event please visit the “What Can I Do?” page.

We announce events on our Facebook Page and provide details here when events are upcoming, so check back around April and October every year!

YeeHaw! River Paddle


The YeeHaw! brings together paddlers of all skill levels to enjoy the Haw River Paddle Trail as a community. The event includes a Family and Beginners’ paddle in the morning on gentle sections of river or the lake to encourage novice paddlers to give paddling a try. In the afternoon, more experienced paddlers will tackle a longer, more challenging section of the river. The location varies each year so participants enjoy getting to know different sections of the river.

The annual Trailathlon brings together families and athletes of all abilities and skill levels to enjoy the natural recreation opportunities of the Haw River corridor. This multi-sport adventure race starts with a two-mile round trip paddle on Saxapahaw Lake, a seven-mile rolling countryside bike ride, and finishes with a hilly 5K trail run. The race is untimed and is intended to draw appreciation for the Haw River Trail, the Haw River, and the surrounding communities.