35.9474° N, 79.3220° W


Welcome to Saxapahaw

A quirky riverside village in a former mill town
The community of Saxapahaw has a charming and relaxing atmosphere for residents to call home. This quaint unincorporated town features classic riverside views, a brewery, local restaurant, butcher shops, and locally owned independent gas station/convenience store/restaurant.
This historic mill town is defined by the Haw River that flows through it. The charming views here give way to the idyllic scenery that North Carolina is known for. Residents look forward to many exciting amenities, which can be found right in the community’s pristine natural environment.
The community's simple country living free and natural environment have caused it to see hiccups of growth over the past couple of years. However, the population has remained steady, with just over 1,300 residents calling this community home.

What to Love

  • Quaint riverside village  
  • Unincorporated town 
  • 100% local businesses
  • Quiet country town living

Local Lifestyle

One of the best aspects of this riverside village is its environmental appeal. The natural setting is unlike any community in the Triangle region. The business district is entirely inside a renovated and rebuilt industrial complex along the river that preserves the natural surroundings while breathing new life into the area. It is one of the few towns anywhere that has been left untouched by corporate America.
Several quirky and neat establishments make up this community. Saxapahaw is a fun place to live and well connected to nature. Whether you're looking to retire or are looking to set down roots and build a family, this town is sure to please.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Saxapahaw General Store is the town’s iconic establishment. Part independent gas station, part local convenience store, part restaurant, residents and visitors can enjoy many food goods here, including a hearty menu, locally grown produce, locally crafted brews, and top-quality meats.
As you head towards the river, you’ll find many other local establishments. At Haw River Farmhouse Ales, you can enjoy locally crafted beer. The Eddy Pub is the towns other restaurant that sits near the river. A hearty menu and a social atmosphere make this pub the destination for enjoying time out with friends and loved ones.
Both amateur and skilled cooks will enjoy shopping at Left Bank Butchery. This local butchery offers the highest quality meats, poultry, and fish for residents to enjoy. Built on a mission of sustainability and access to high-quality cuts, this butchery is the ideal destination for home chefs wanting to kick up their cooking game.

Things to Do

Throughout Saxapahaw, there are many fun activities and events to enjoy. Saturdays in Saxapahaw is a popular event for residents of all ages. This weekly event is hosted throughout the spring and summer months. Residents can shop at the local farmers market while live music plays in the background. Every weekend, the live music is performed by a different regional or local band, making Saturdays in Saxapahaw a great way to discover the community's talent. The farmers market is a weekly hit as residents can shop locally sourced goods, including honey, baked goods, produce, dairy products, handmade artisan crafts, and so much more.
Planning a date night at the Haw River Ballroom is an enchanting way to experience the village. Throughout the year, many different North Carolina and national talents perform here. Overlooking the beautiful Haw River, this venue is another great way to enjoy a fun night out.
When it comes to exploring the outdoors, there’s plenty to enjoy in Saxapahaw. Outdoor enthusiasts will love spending their time at Saxapahaw Island Park. This outdoor oasis features a fun hiking trail, a unique natural playground, access to the river, and sits immediately below the village.
Saxapahaw Lake is another excellent destination for outdoor lovers who simply want to explore. Fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are just some fun activities you can enjoy here. The much-traversed paddle trail is an excellent way for kayakers of all skill levels to enjoy the park.
You can explore the park outside the water as well. Many walking trails take you across small streams and through the beautiful wilderness. As you explore, you’ll see the hefty conservation efforts the park has invested here.


Saxapahaw students grades K–12 attend The Hawbridge School.

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