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.

Check Out Our 2018 Program Calendar!

Our outdoor programming schedule is up and running for the new year so check out all the adventures we’re offering in 2018! We have paddling trips, hikes and nature walks, bike rides, tree plantings, stargazing and so much more. Go to our Events and Programs page for details on each event and info on how to sign up. We can’t wait to get outside and explore nature with you!





Trail Talk: tell us about yourself!

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of trail enthusiasts like you. We want to get to know you and how you use the Thread Trail! Click here to fill out a testimonial to tell us why you love the Thread Trail.



Carolina Thread Trail Pale Ale Available NOW

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Blue Blaze Brewing has crafted the perfect beer for your summer adventures—the Carolina Thread Trail Pale Ale! This delicious summer beer was released at National Trails Day and is now available at Blue Blaze’s brewery, U.S. National Whitewater Center and more. More.







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.