90 Second Escape: Lower Haw River State Natural Area

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: Lower Haw River State Natural Area

It’s nice to know that if you truly want to lose yourself in the wild, you often don’t need to go far. In the Triangle of central North Carolina, the place to lose yourself is the Lower Haw River State Natural Area, a narrow strip of jungle on the east bank of its namesake river between Bynum and U.S. 64.

Though part of the N.C. State Parks system, the Lower Haw River is managed for its natural attributes, which means a trail blazed by those willing to take on just about everything nature has to offer. Sample 90 seconds of the Lower Haw and see if you’ve got the right stuff — meaning a machette and lots of bug spray — to take it on.

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