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: Shelby Trail Opening


The First Broad River Trail in Shelby, NC will open at 10:30 am on June 4! The event will have, along with a ribbon cutting and speakers, displays and activities like raptors from the Carolina Raptor Center! This 1.5-mile trail runs under a historic railroad trestle and over the river via a suspension bridge.


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.


June 12: Spider Lilies Member Paddle
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Are you interested in the rare spider lilies in bloom? Join our women’s membership group, Greenway Gals, and join us on June 12 for a guided paddle in Landsford Canal State Park.




Cross-State Suspension Bridge Ribbon Cutting


On April 26th, the Cross-State Bridge over Twelve Mile Creek in Waxhaw, NC and Lancaster, SC officially opened. This 170-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.


 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.