The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are over 250 miles of trails and 100 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.

What’s New

Trail Opening: September 24 at Richfield Park

img_2662On Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m., the 2.7-mile Falcon Trail will have its Grand Opening. This trail connects the Town of Misenheimer to the Town of Richfield in Stanly County. This segment of the Thread Trail will eventually be part of a 9.5-mile corridor connecting  Misenheimer, Richfield, and New London. More.


Fall into the Thread: October 6 at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

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Join your fellow trail enthusiasts to celebrate the cooler and colorful outdoor season for hiking, biking and paddling! We invite new and current Trailheads and Greenway Gals, grassroots donors of the Thread Trail, to an evening of toe tapping live music, local craft beer, wine, hor d’oeuvres, sponsor gifts and a guest speaker Cooper Lambla, globe trotting whitewater kayaker. Current members receive free tickets for themselves and guests. Learn more.

FREE Public Programming Now Available

Want to learn about local plants? Interested in exploring your community on a bike through a greenway? Ever wonder what you should bring on a day hike or how the natural ecology works to sustain our existence? Well, now you have the opportunity with our new Program Coordinator! In partnership between Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy, we invite adults and families on our trails, rivers, greenways and conserved properties! Learn more


Save the Date: Ninth Annual Trail Forum

Carolina Thread Trail Forum celebrates its ninth year of bringing together this region’s leading experts and industry professionals in the trail business. Individuals come together from across the Thread Trail’s 15-county region in North and South Carolina to share their experiences, best practices and to network to advance trails throughout the area and specifically within the Caroline Thread Trail network. More.


Become a Trailheads Member Today!

Join 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, printed newsletter, Thread Trail t-shirt, baseball cap, guided hikes and special event tickets!  Learn more.