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


Thread Trail in Eastern Lincoln County Expands

catawbasprings250A 1.3-mile addition to the Thread Trail at Sally’s YMCA recently opened. The new Catawba Springs Preserve segment meanders through land protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy and features beautiful views of Forney Creek. Together, these two segments form a 2.4-mile path open to hiking and mountain biking.



National Trails Day Hike and Trail Cleanup: South Fork Trail

SouthForkTrail. Amy Moore. 6.6 (28)Join in on the largest celebration of trails Saturday, June 6! In conjunction with National Trails Day, we’re hosting an hour-long nature hike and trail cleanup in McAdenville, N.C. This event is open to the public and all ages are welcome! Learn more.


Trail Forum Presentations Available Online

5th Annual Trail Forum

The presentations from our Seventh Annual Trail Forum are now available online. This information-packed, day-long conference is for practitioners and community leaders interested in advancing the Thread Trail throughout our fifteen-county region. Learn 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 decal, Inside The Thread e-newsletter, Trailheads t-shirt, baseball cap, guided hikes and special event tickets!  Learn more.