Carolina Thread Trail

The Carolina Thread Trail (Thread Trail) is a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are 217 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

Fall Into The Thread on October 10

INVITEtrailheads2014_Page_1You’re invited to “Fall Into The Thread” Trail with us! Enjoy an evening of live music, libations, local food and the fall season at Jesse Brown’s Outdoors in Charlotte. Special presentation on the value of open space by Conservation Biologist Chris Matthews. Trailheads shirt and gift cards from Jesse Brown’s and Whole Foods Market to attendees. Learn more.


Riverbend Canoe and Kayak Launch Open in Cabarrus County

1-DSC_0015The grand opening of the Riverbend Farm Trail and Canoe and Kayak Launch in Midland, N.C. has been postponed, however the trail and launch are now open. Explore the new natural surface trail or paddle the 4.5-mile Rocky River Blueway from Pharr Family Preserve  down to Riverbend Farm. Learn more. 

New R.Y. McAden Canoe and Kayak Launch Now Open

Spencer Mountain River Access Grand Opening and Ribbon CuttingA new canoe and kayak  launch on the South Fork Catawba River in McAdenville, N.C., is now open to the public. The launch is one of five access points for paddle recreation on the South Fork Catawba River in Gaston County. Learn more.


Ridgeline Hike for Trailheads and Greenway Gals

Ridgelien Trail between Pinnacle Summit and Road 640pixelsHike with us September 20 on the Ridgeline Trail! We will hike 8.2 miles of the 14 mile trail that connects Crowders Mountain State Park, NC to Kings Mountain State Park, SC. This hike is open to members of Trailheads, Greenway Gals and their guests. Check out the fall hike. 

2014 Trail Masters Course Application is Open


Want to be part of a legacy? Become a Trail Master with Thread Trail! These volunteer leads are vital to the development and maintenance of our natural surface trails and volunteer program for a three year commitment. The Trail Masters Certification Course will be hosted October 23-26, 2014. The application deadline is August 28. 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