The concept and drive behind the Haw River Trail are the product of the vision and hard work of local citizens, organizations and governments dating back more than a decade. In 2006, those efforts resulted in an innovative agreement in which 10 governmental agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to work together for the development of the Haw River Trail and the conservation of its land and waters.
In this spirit, the cities of Burlington and Graham have partnered with Alamance County, Elon University, Preservation North Carolina and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to fund a full-time position to coordinate conservation and trail efforts on the Upper Haw River. A similar position was funded by the State of North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund to study future efforts on the Lower Haw River. This website is an effort to inform the public about the accomplishments and goals of these positions and the ongoing work stemming from the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding.