Swepsonville River Park (Lower Access)
2472 Boywood Road, Swepsonville, NC 27253
Great Alamance Creek Paddle Access
2229 South Main Street, Graham, NC 27253
From Swepsonville River Park to Great Alamance Creek Paddle Access:
Distance: 2.0 miles/1.0 hour one-way
Minimum USGS Gauge Level: 1.5 ft at Haw River
Great Alamance Creek Paddle Access to Swepsonville River Park:
Distance: 1.0 miles/45 minutes one-way; 2.0 miles, 1.5 hours round-trip, begin from either Access
Minimum USGS Gauge Level: 1.5 feet at Haw River
If you’re a beginner and find the size of the Haw – the notion of “big water” – somewhat intimidating, here’s a good 2 mile warm-up. Great Alamance Creek runs 11 miles from its headwaters in Guilford County; the last two gradually open to prepare you for the ample span of the Haw. The change is subtle: just after putting in, the creek is close, intimate, friendly. By the time you reach the Haw, though, you should be comfortable with the notion that you are paddling a decent-size river.
Great Alamance Creek’s closer banks also mean more of the creek is shaded by a dense hardwood canopy, a welcome attribute on a summer’s paddle. That shielding canopy is especially important because Great Alamance Creek is one of the few places along the Haw that almost always has enough water to paddle during the heat of summer.
This flat water paddle has very little flow during normal water levels, so the stretch may be paddled in both directions from Great Alamance Creek Paddle Access or the Swepsonville River Park Lower Access. This is a quick paddle. Despite your best efforts you’ll likely find yourself at the confluence with the Haw in less than an hour so a paddle back up the creek to the Great Alamance Creek Access is doable- even for beginners.