Indian Valley Golf Course – 930 Indian Valley Drive, Burlington
Great Bend Park – 350 Greenwood Drive, Burlington
Glencoe Paddle Access – 2348 Glencoe Street, Burlington
Stoney Creek Marina – 1785 Carolina Mill Road, Burlington
Red Slide Park – 389 Lang Street, Haw River
Indian Valley Access and Stoney Creek Marina Operated By: Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, (336) 222-5030, http://www.burlingtonnc.gov/55/Recreation-Parks
Great Bend Park and Glencoe Paddle Access Operated By: Alamance Parks, (336) 229-2410, www.alamance-nc.com/recreation
Red Slide Park Operated By: Town of Haw River Parks and Recreation Department (336) 578 5600, http://townofhawriver.com/Facilities.aspx
Part of the longest stretch of currently completed trail along the Haw River, the Glencoe Section is by far the most diverse. It offers a cross-section of the human and natural history to be found along the Haw River. The northern trailhead begins near the clubhouse of the Indian Valley Golf Course and for the first mile skirts the golf course. At Great Bend Park the trail leads to the preserved mill town of Glencoe. Beyond Glencoe, the trail takes on a more natural feel, spending a mile along the banks of the Haw before passing the old Carolina Mill, then heading upland along the upper shoreline of Stoney Creek Reservoir.
From Stoney Creek Marina, continue on to the Sellers Falls Section, the newest 4-mile stretch of Haw River Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The trail meanders through mature hardwood forest with prominent views of the Haw River, ending at Red Slide Park. This section completes a total of 8 miles of contiguous trail from Indian Valley south to Red Slide. Parking is available at Stoney Creek Marina. From the parking area, follow Carolina Rd. past historic Copland Fabrics then cross the bridge over Stoney Creek and enter the forest to your right. Continue to follow the HRT trail blazes.
The trail crossing at Boyd’s Creek (Trail Blaze: HRTL 4065) is via a rocky footpath across the water. If the water is high please use caution crossing or turn around. If hiking the entire section, please be advised that you will have to leave the HRT and cross the Highway 70 Bridge to re-access the trail on the other side. The Highway 70 bridge is not marked for pedestrian use. This section ends at Red Slide Park, a 15 acre park offering a paddle access, hiking trails, picnic areas, and a playground.
History of Glencoe
If you’re passing through the Glencoe section on a Saturday or Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m., make time to visit the Textile Heritage Museum, which showcases life in the mill towns that thrived along the Haw for more than a century, beginning in the early 1800s.
Glencoe Mill Village is one of the best-preserved mill village complexes in North Carolina. The Glencoe Cotton Mill and village were established in the late 1800s by the Holt family in an area previously home to a gristmill and sawmill.
You can see the impressive Glencoe Dam as you pass through Great Bend Park, including the old mill race waterway that powered the mill. For a more complete history of the Glencoe area please visit the Textile Heritage Museum’s website.
History of Red Slide Park
Red Slide Park opened in 2009. The park is named “Red Slide” after the historic name of the neighborhood it borders. Between 1911 and 1923, the southeastern corner of the park at the corner of Main Street and Lang Street was the eastern terminus of a streetcar that ran from Burlington and Graham.
The area surrounding Red Slide Park is perhaps the most historically important place in Alamance County. The area was a prominent river crossing on the Indian Trading Path that predates white settlement of the area. By the early 1700s, the area became known as “Piney Ford.” The Trollingers, a key family in the history of the Haw River, came to this spot in 1745 and began operation of a grist mill on the west bank of the river.
The mill that currently dominates the views from Red Slide Park is Granite Cotton Mill. Granite Mill was first built by General Benjamin Trollinger in 1844 and sold to the Holt family in 1858. In 1928, Cone Mills acquired the Granite Mill complex including Tabardrey Mill, located below the bridge on the east bank. In 1936, the Granite Mills produced 10% of all the cloth manufactured in the United States. By the late 1970s and early ’80s, the mill produced more corduroy than any other plant in the world. The plant was closed in 1983.