Fall in love with Saxapahaw

By Jakob S. Miller / Times-News correspondent

Haw River in Saxapahaw Jakob Miller

Saxapahaw, in southern Alamance County, is somewhat a treasure off the beaten path. Situated on the Haw River, this quaint town is home to almost 2,000 people, many of whom live in the old millhouses. Although small, the town has real character that draws people in. Here are the top things to do in Saxapahaw:

1. Stop by the Saxapahaw General Store. Visiting the store, which is located at 1735 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, is a must if you are in the area, as this is where most of the commerce takes place year-round. Not only does it stock glass bottles of sometimes hard-to-find sodas, handmade bookmarks and essential oils, it also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can grab a delicious bite to eat and even do a little grocery shopping, making for a great trip out.

2. Walk the Haw River Trail. Saxapahaw is a great place to go for a walk or hike and get some fresh air. An access point to the trail in Saxapahaw is off Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road. You get to experience the view and sounds of the Haw River right under the cover of the many trees, allowing for both exercise and relaxation.

3. Go to the butcher shop. Left Bank Butchery, located at 1729 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, is in one of the former textile mills and has beef, fish, poultry and pork to purchase. In addition it also sells bread and cheese if you are looking for a good, guilty-pleasure meal.

4. Go canoeing and kayaking. The Haw River is a great place to kayak. Or grab a friend and canoe up and down the water and look at stunningly beautiful greenery and rock formations. Both activities provide exercise and relaxation. You can rent a canoe at The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Co., 6079 Swepsonville Saxapahaw Road.

These are among the best of the many activities available in Saxapahaw. It is surely worth the time to drive over there on Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. You might just fall in love.

Jakob S. Miller is a junior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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