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Natural Environment

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Natural Environment

Ongoing Events & Locations

Participate in the “Great Chatham County Camp Out" 


The Chatham County community is invited to spend the night camping at a designated campsite, in your own backyard, or even in a homemade fort in your living room. Follow along on your own time with many community organizations that will be releasing videos about camping tips, conservation, and the natural environment of Chatham County! More event details here. 


Date: June 26th, 2021


This Chatham 250 Event is sponsored by Central Electric.


Go fishing in Chatham County


Fishing in Chatham County is a great way to get out and explore the natural beauty of the County. Need fishing spot ideas? Remember that any fishing of public waters requires a license and that the state also has regulations to follow. 


Volunteer at a Service Day on Public Lands


Check out volunteer opportunities with the Haw River Assembly, Friends of the Lower Haw, and Clean Jordan Lake


Have a family and friends cookout or picnic in a Chatham County natural area


See here for a list of Chatham County parks and trails: 


Float or boat in Jordan Lake (i.e. swim, sail, kayak, paddle board, etc.)


Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of nine access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 14,000-acre reservoir. There are two Chatham County access areas: Seaforth and Vista Point. Seaforth offers six both ramps and Vista Point offers four boat ramps. 



Seaforth Beach Road

Pittsboro, NC 27312


Vista Point Campground

2498 N. Pea Ridge Road

Pittsboro, NC 27312


Learn more about the boating and paddling options, boat and pontoon rentals, and licensing and restrictions for boating at Jordan Lake. 

Visit a State Park (Jordan Lake, Everett Dam, Lower Haw River)


Jordan Lake State Recreation Area has multiple access points. Both the Seaforth and Vista Point Campground are located in Pittsboro. 


B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake is one of the Research Triangle Region’s largest open green spaces. It is located at 2080 Jordan Dam Road, Moncure, NC 27559. 


The Lower Haw River is just above Bynum, NC with opportunities for hiking, paddling, and tubing. It is located at 502-592 Bynum Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312.


Visit a local Park (Town of Siler City, Town of Pittsboro, Chatham County)


The Town of Siler City offers 6 parks, 2 gymnasiums, a community center, aquatic facility, splash pad, and a greenway. Learn more about the Town of Siler City parks.


The Town of Pittsboro offers 8 parks and recreational areas. Learn more about the Town of Pittsboro parks.


Chatham County offers 4 district parks, 1 neighborhood park and 3 river access sites. Learn more about the Chatham County parks.


Visit a Chatham County natural space you've never been to before


Visit Deep River Park at Camelback Truss Bridge


The Deep River Park at Camelback Truss Bridge is located on the Chatham-Moore County line and was originally constructed in 1908. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the North Carolina Transportation Hall of Fame. It provides a scenic view and is a wonderful place for a picnic. At night, the Camelback Truss Bridge is lighted!


Location: 3485 R Jordan Rd Gulf, NC or Sanford, NC 27330


Visit Lower Haw River State Natural Area 


The Lower Haw River State Natural Area runs on both sides of the river from just south of the old Bynum bridge to just beyond the US 64 bridge. The Lower Haw River State Natural Area offers the opportunity for many activities including hiking, paddling and photography. 


Location: 502-592 Bynum Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312.


Visit White Pines Nature Preserve

Learn more about the White Pines Nature Preserve.


Visit the B. Everett Jordan Dam Observation Deck and Hiking Trails


B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake is one of the Research Triangle Region’s largest open green spaces. The lake provides an abundance of activities to relax among the undeveloped lakeshore and beautiful pine and hardwood forests. 


Location: 2080 Jordan Dam Road, Moncure, NC 27559


Take a scenic drive through on a Chatham County road


Explore the NC Native Trees Walk & Learn on CCCC's Pittsboro Campus


The NC Native Trees Walk & Learn is located at the Ronald E. Horne walking trail on CCCC’s Pittsboro Campus. Along the trail learn about the trees native to Chatham Countyl. For some fun activities for the Walk & Learn, check out this  educational resource and this scavenger hunt for native NC trees along the trail.


Location: Central Carolina Community College, 764 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312


Watch the Chatham County night sky 


Attend the Chatham County Parks & Recreation Outdoor Film Festival


Join Chatham County Parks and Recreation at the Outdoor Film Festival on May 7th, 2021 at 8pm at the Park at Briar Chapel. This free event will showcase multiple short films that are all outdoor recreation themed, from paddling, to climbing, to biking, and more! 


Date: May 7th, 2021 at 8 PM

Location: 1015 Andrews Store Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312

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