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 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


June 4: National Trails Day Celebration

Mark your calendars- the Carolina Thread Trail is hosting a free community event at the South Fork Trail in McAdenville. There will be two guided hikes, paddling, lawn games, live music, a food truck and more! Come out and take part in the festivities, celebrating the trails in our region! Event details.



April 26: Cross-State Suspension Bridge Ribbon Cutting


Waxhaw, NC and Lancaster, SC invite you to the official opening of the long-anticipated cross-state bridge at 3pm on Tuesday, April 26! This 180-foot suspension bridge connects two states through the Twelve Mile Creek Trail and Greenway and is an example of collaboration and community connections that the Carolina Thread Trails strives to create. More information here.


April 29: South Fork Catawba River Paddle

IMG_7692 CroppedTrailblazer Trailheads and Catawba Lands Conservancy members are invited to join us for a moderate, 5.5-mile guided paddle along part of the Thread Trail’s South Fork Blueway.  The paddle will start at Spencer Mountain and end downriver right before the R.Y. McAden Dam in McAdenville. Register here!



May 2: Bike!Charlotte Greenway Ride

LSCG. Amy Moore. 6.27 (38)Join the Carolina Thread Trail for a guided ride along Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Starting at Freedom Park, we’ll ride down to Metropolitan, where we’ll stop for frozen yogurt, and turn around at Elizabeth Street. Along the way, we’ll talk about the history of the Greenway and its impact on stream restoration. Sign up.



 May 7: Member Hike at Redlair

The jewel in the Catawba Lands Conservancy’s crown of protected lands, Redlair encompasses 731 acres and is host to every ecological community native to the NC Piedmont. Join friends from the Thread Trail and CLC for a guided hike to experience the blooming of the incredible Bigleaf magnolia on a property that is not available for public access. This event is open to current members of Catawba Corps, Catawba Society, Trekker Trailheads and Greenway Gals. Register here!

A Gift from Us!

As a small thank you for your support and dedication to trails in our region, we’ve created phone and desktop wallpapers of Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy properties for you to download. Enjoy!



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 decal, Inside The Thread e-newsletter, Trailheads t-shirt, baseball cap, guided hikes and special event tickets!  Learn more.


8th Annual Trail Forum

The 8th Annual Trail Forum took place on Dec. 3. We had a great turnout, with over 240 industry professionals and community experts participating in learning sessions and networking opportunities. Thank you to all who attended for your efforts to advance the Carolina Thread Trail. The presentations from this trail forum and past are available here.