Carolina Thread Trail

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. It is creating a community and conservation legacy that will give so much, to so many, for so long.

What’s New

Nature Walk: Catawba Wildflower Glen

Catawba Wildflower GlenIn partnership with the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail, a guided nature walk will be hosted Saturday, April 25 on the first property protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy on the Catawba Wildflower Glen in Charlotte. This is a special place with its rich biological diversity. The hour walk will be led by Mary Stauble, CLC’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year, who will search for Spring blooms with you! Learn more.

Trailheads Nature Hike: Long Creek Trail

Long Creek Trail croppedEnjoy spring evening Thursday, May 14 on the Thread Trail on Long Creek Trail in Charlotte adjacent to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte for an hour long guided nature hike. Refreshments will be provided. Trekker and Trailblazer level Trailheads members are welcome to each bring one non-member guest. Register for the event.



National Trails Day Nature Hike and Trail Cleanup: South Fork Trail

SouthForkTrail. Amy Moore. 6.6 (28)Join in on the largest celebration of trails Saturday, June 6! A guided hour long nature hike and trail cleanup will be hosted on the first trail that became part of the Thread Trail network, South Fork Trail in McAdenville, N.C. This event is open to the public and all ages are welcomed! Learn more.


2014 Volunteer of the Year

IMG_6587 croppedChris Timberlake was awarded the Volunteer of the Year honor at Trail Forum VII for his dedication as a volunteer Trail Master, Thread Trail advocate and Trail project leader in his county as well as for his infectious enthusiasm as he advances the trail network in this region. Learn more about the volunteer program. 



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 in your community by joining Trailheads with a $25, $50 or $100 donation. Trailheads membership includes car decal, Inside The Thread e-newsletter with insider information, Trailheads t-shirt, baseball cap, guided hikes and special event tickets!  Learn more