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 220 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


REI Grant to Fund Trail Expansion in Fort Mill

The Carolina Thread Trail received a $15,000 grant from REI to build a new a 1.3-mile natural surface trail along the Catawba River that will connect to Piedmont Medical Center’s trail at Riverwalk in nearby Rock Hill, SC. Read news release.



Rowan County Joins Carolina Thread Trail

Granite Lake Park Trail 150 x 150The Rowan County Board of Commissioners voted July 6 to officially join the Carolina Thread Trail, making Rowan County the final county to formally adopt the 15-county Thread Trail master plan for its community. Read news release.



Apply to Become a Trail Master

Trail Masters Class Photo 2011Love trails? Like getting your hands dirty? Take the first step towards becoming a Trail Master today! The 2015 Trail Master application is now open through August 3. Trail Masters are dedicated volunteer leaders that help build and maintain trails throughout our 15-county footprint. Learn more and apply!



New Trail Opens in Lancaster, S.C.

12milecreekTwelve Mile Creek Trail at Walnut Creek, a new 3.5-mile trail is now open! The latest leg of the Thread Tread starts at Walnut Creek Park and ends at the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. The trail will eventually continue across the state line and connect to a segment of Thread Trail in Waxhaw, N.C.



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.