The Lower Haw River State Natural Area can be accessed from 15-501 in Bynum, NC (between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill). From US 15-501 north of the bridge over the Haw River, turn east on Durham-Eubanks Road and stay on it as it becomes Bynum Church Road. There’s parking just below the trailhead. The trail begins at the gate at the upper end of the lot.
In 1983, North Carolina contained no nesting bald eagles. Thanks to restoration efforts, the state now has a thriving population. I spotted this bald eagle fishing with another adult eagle below a dam of the Haw River near Bynum, North Carolina. An active nest is nearby. It is the only time I've witnessed eagles fishing from mid-river rocks. The eagles in this area typically search for prey from high above.