The Carolina Thread Trail is a developing regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are over 260 miles of trails and 170 miles of blueway open to the public – linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions. The Thread Trail preserves our natural areas and is a place for exploration of nature, culture, science and history. This is a landmark project that provides public and community benefits for everyone, in every community.

National Trails Day June 3

Celebrate this nationwide event locally on the Thread Trail at South Fork Trail and Blueway in McAdenville! Enjoy guided nature hikes, free kayak rentals, a guided 5-mile river kayak, yoga for hikers, Mayobird food truck, Blue Blaze Brewery, King of Pops popsicles, bluegrass by Anthony Scruggs, kids activities and outdoor exhibitors all for FREE! More.


Events In Our Region

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Spring is a wonderful time to get outside and explore your community and neighboring towns! Check out events, volunteer workdays and programs that are happening on the Thread Trail or in our region by our partners that promote outdoor recreation, nature conservation and fun with the family! View events here. 



Join Us for FREE Guided Hikes, Bike Rides and More

Land-Trust-Day-South-Fork04-homepageWant to learn about local plants? Interested in exploring your community by bike? Join a free guided outdoor adventure and explore trails, rivers, greenways and nature preserves! See the complete calendar of public programs.




Paddle the Rocky River

Rocky-River-volunteers_034-(10)-homepageThe Rocky River Blueway starts at Pharr Family Preserve in Midland, NC, and continues downriver for approximately 65 miles to Blewett Falls in Lilesville, NC. This undammed river trail provides a true wilderness paddling adventure just an hour or so from Charlotte! View the blueway map.



Show Your Love for Trails – Become a Member


Trailheads_webJoin the grassroots effort to put hundreds of miles of trail on the ground by joining Trailheads with a $25, $50 or $100 donation. Trailheads membership includes car magnet, newsletter, guided hikes and special event tickets! Learn more.