The Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) is a regional network of greenways and trails that reaches 15 counties and 2.3 million people. There are 117 miles of The Thread open to the public – linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions.
The Thread 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. The Thread is providing a community and conservation legacy that will give so much, to so many, for so long.
Construction of a Trail Near You May Be In Jeopardy/ NC Budget Update
Current North Carolina General Assembly draft legislation prohibits state match funding for greenways and other bicycle and pedestrian improvements. This policy shift would eliminate the way communities around the state have traditionally funded trail design and construction at a time when these projects are seeing incredibly high usage. There are still a lot of moving parts before a final North Carolina state budget is approved in order to determine the impacts on greenways, trails and conservation efforts regarding PARTF and CWMTF funding sources, too. Please contact your NC legislator and encourage them to retain transportation and conservation funding for trails and greenways. Contact your NC legislators today. >> Read more. >>
Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail Opens!
On Saturday, June 1, we cut the ribbon on the Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail - a new 2-mile segment of the Carolina Thread Trail! Catawba Lands Conservancy Executive Director Tom Okel, Mayor of Mt Pleasant W. Del Eudy and Mt. Pleasant Council Members Warren Chapman and Lori Furr thanked to all of the volunteers and attendees who helped make this trail possible.
The Thread Receives $10,000 REI Grant
Special thanks to REI for its continued dedication and support of The Thread.
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Thank you to all of our sponsors, runners, walkers, volunteers and friends who participated in our 2nd Annual Tread The Thread Twilight 5K Trail Race and Fun Run! It was a huge success! Click here for the race results. >>
Attention South Fork River Trail Canoe and Kayak Users
The McAdenville take-out dock is temporarily closed due to damage from high water levels. Read more. >>
Governing Board Awards $130,000 for Community Projects
Our Governing Board recently awarded two implementation grants for a kayak launch in Anson County and for a trail on the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council’s Oak Springs Campus in Iredell County. Read more. >>
Find Trails With Our Interactive Map!
Our interactive map will help you find trails, greenways and blueways on The Thread by location, use or amenities. Find trails and get outside on The Thread! >>
Become a Trailheads Member Today!
Join the grassroots effort to put hundreds of miles of trail on the ground in your community by joining Trailheads with a $25 donation. The first 200 Trailheads will receive a $10 gift card from Jesse Brown’s Outdoors in addition to a car decal and “Inside The Thread” emails. Learn more. >>