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Shallow Ford Natural Area

Map of TRACK Trail at Shallow Ford Natural Area

The Shallow Ford Natural Area TRACK Trail follows the Basin Creek Trail (marked with orange blazes). In addition to diverse wildlife and unique rock formations, this easy 0.75 mile loop features artifacts from the historic town of Shallow Ford dating back to the 1800s.

The 190-acre Shallow Ford Natural Area contains approximately 5 miles of hiking trails and is part of the Haw River Trial/Mountains to Sea Trail. The park also features access to the Haw River Trail paddle trail, backcountry camping and picnic areas.

Track an adventure here
Collectible sticker for Shallow Ford Natural Area

Location Details

Recreational Features: Mountain Bike Trails, Canoe / Kayak, Picnic Tables, Fishing, Birding
Amenities:
ADA Compliant:
Seasonality:
Dirt trail along the edge of a forest
Remnants of stone chimney stack of the Gerringer House
Homestead cooler box in the creek
Map at the trailhead
Trail through the forest
Wooden bridge over the creek
Remnants of mill equipment
Dirt path through the forest

Adventures for Shallow Ford Natural Area

Hiking

Birds of the Piedmont

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.75
The Birds of the Piedmont brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common woodland birds and information on how to identify them through various clues.
Hiking

Finding Ferns

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.75
The Finding Ferns brochure is a fun and challenging adventure. Follow the illustrations and clues to find as many of the ferns as possible. You're going to have to be a nature detective to find them all.
Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.75
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Shallow Ford - The Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
0.75
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, kids will discover six of the more common trees found along the trail. During their adventure, kids will learn about the need that people and other animals have for trees and about the roles trees play in the forest.

Directions

1955 Gerringer Mill Road
Burlington, NC 27217
Latitude: 36.153311800000
Longitude: -79.488328000000

Click here for directions, or call (336) 270-5124

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Shallow for Natural Area TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed between the Kids in Parks program, the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association, and Alamance County Recreation and Parks.