Great Bend Park opens

Great Bend Park at Glencoe is now open!  I was out at the Grand Opening this past Saturday, and it was nice chance to chat with new and old Glencoe friends. 




This 20-acre park is located along the Haw River between Indian Valley and Glencoe Village.  Amazing views of the Haw River and the dam can be seen from the Picnicking and Portages Trail located on the island, and I’m itching to get out and walk on the Piedmont Prairie Trail.






The park was fantastic, and I know how hard the County Recreation and Parks staff must have worked on getting the park ready for it’s big day.  As Bryan Hagood and Tony Laws, directors of the County Recreation and Parks Department and the City of Burlington Parks and Recreation Department respectively, were giving some opening remarks, I was impressed again by the collaboration and hard work that goes into a project like Glencoe.  Multiple County and City governments along with organizations and individuals worked together to create a park that is part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, that is part of the Haw River Trail, and that is connected to Glencoe Village.  It’s this kind of collaboration that make Glencoe such an exciting place to be, and I feel so lucky to be involved. 


Here’s a link to the County’s park website,  It’s got good information and a great map! 

One response to “Great Bend Park opens

  1. We are so excited about the opening of Great Bend Park! It appears that Great Bend will be a popular place, between the trails, picnic and fishing opportunities. This project has indeed been a great example of cooperation between many partners, and I think the relationships that have been built at Great bend will carry over to the furtherance of the Haw River/NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Alamance County.

    Great Bend is also a stop on the NC Birding Trail. You can check out to learn more. I think it would be neat to have some websapce for Great Bend visitors to log what avian species they observe at the park. I was out there this past Sunday and saw a beautiful osprey. He was visible from the island across the river. I saw him again yesterday down by the Carolina Mill. Maybe through this site you could post the birds you see.

    Bryan Hagood
    Director, ACRPD

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