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


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.