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Shallow Ford Natural Area



The Shallow Ford Campsites are located along The Haw river. The Haw River Trail provides public access to Alamance County’s most important natural feature. Built on the idea of conservation through recreation, the land and paddle trails allow the community to explore and appreciate its river while helping to conserve and protect this important resource.

Primitive backcountry campsite located approximately one mile from parking area. Access by hiking or paddling only!

The department requires that a responsible adult accompany each group. Group limit is 10 people.

Fee: $10 per group (County & Non-County Resident)

Please choose your arrival day for your reservation, we will know you are staying the night.

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Shallow Ford Natural Area is located in North Carolina

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The Shallow Ford Natural Area is located approximately one mile from the parking area or via a dedicated paddle access on the Haw River. there are three primitive backcountry campsites. Available by reservation.


1955 Gerringer Mill Road
Elon, NC


36.160447712435115 N
79.49166997364821 W

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Site Types

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  • Firewood Available
  • Reservable
  • Pets
  • Fires

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Shallow Ford Natural Area?

Yes, according to campers on, fires are allowed at Shallow Ford Natural Area, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Shallow Ford Natural Area have wifi?

No, according to campers on, Shallow Ford Natural Area does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Shallow Ford Natural Area?

According to campers on, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.