What Can I Do?

Your Support is Key

Community involvement is critical to our success. If you are interested in supporting the trail, please take a moment to explore the various options below. We accept donations, sponsorship through the 5280 Club, volunteer work, and sponsorships for our trail benefit events. Donations and sponsorships are tax deductible.

The 5280 Club is an adopt-a-mile of trail program through which families and businesses can show support for the Haw River Trail while helping us continue to expand it. The club is so-named because one mile is equal to 5280 feet. For a donation of $100, you can adopt your favorite mile of land or paddle trail for one year. For that one year, no one else can adopt your mile!

Your name, or the name of your business, will be displayed on a sign at the trailhead/paddle access that provides access to that mile of trail. You will receive a certificate and a photo of your chosen mile of trail

If you would like to join the Club, have a look at our Paddle Trail mile map and choose your favorite mile. Please contact us with your chosen mile and we will help you complete the sign up process.

The Haw River Trail is also happy to accept direct donations in any dollar amount. As the saying goes, “Every little bit helps.” Donations are tax deductible. If you would like to give, please contact us or send a check made payable to “The Haw River Trail” to:

The Haw River Trail
3916 R. Dean Coleman Rd.
Burlington, NC 27215

Each year the Haw River Trail holds two benefit events to raise funds that support the Trail. The YeeHaw! River Paddle is held in May and includes both a Family & Beginners’ paddle for new paddlers, and a more challenging paddle for those with some experience. The Trailathlon, held in November, is a multi-sport adventure race with a paddle, bike, and trail run component.

Each year the HRT seeks new partners to join our returning sponsors in helping to support these events. Sponsorship funds help defray event costs to ensure that participant registrations can go towards supporting the Trail.

If your business is interested in sponsoring the YeeHaw! River Paddle or Trailathlon in the coming year, please contact us.

Do you own property along the Haw River? Consider ensuring its long term preservation as part of the Haw River Trail. If you are interested in discussing conservation options on your property, including any tax deductions or grants that you may be eligible for, please contact:

Guil Johnson
Haw River Trail Coordinator
3916 R Dean Coleman Rd
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 229 2380

Read our Success Stories to learn about landowners who have donated easements or land to the Trail.

The HRT offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, which may include trail clean-up, helping at our annual events, representing the HRT at functions, or building trail.

There is also a dedicated task force that is devoted to trail building. The Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (FMST) helps to build and maintain sections of the MST throughout NC. The Haw River Trail Task Force is the local group that holds trail work days throughout the year, as well as hikes and special events on the Haw River Trail. Newcomers are welcome at FMST workdays and all the tools and equipment you need will be provided.

If you would like to be added to our volunteer list or join the FMST to build trail, please contact us.