Saxapahaw, North Carolina

With a limited travel budget and an abundance of curiosity, my family of three is always in search of new day trip locations. Our most recent quest for adventure led us to explore Saxapahaw, N.C., a small, historic mill town about an hour’s drive from Raleigh. 

Famous for being a gem hidden in the middle of nowhere, Saxapahaw has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Our State magazine, where writers extol the virtues of this tiny yet creative village.

Located on the Haw River in Alamance County, Saxapahaw has a population of about 1800 residents.

Despite its small population, it is packed with allure for all ages and interests. From kayaking the river to seeing eclectic art to hanging out in the famous Saxapahaw General Store, there is something for everyone.

We enjoyed lunch at Eddy’s Pub, which sources most of its food from local farms. In addition to good food, the second-story restaurant offers beautiful wood-beamed architecture and inspiring outdoor views.

We also hiked the trails along the banks of the river and walked across the bridge to spend some time in Saxapahaw Island Park. The trails were shaded with lots of interesting nooks that were perfect for exploring.

Saxapahaw fulfilled the expectations set by the New York Times and other publications. We are grateful to have had the chance to enjoy many of the attractions available in this rural river respite. 

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