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 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

Volunteer on a New Thread Trail Segment

DSC03613Join the Carolina Thread Trail Friday, March 13 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon to put the finishing touches on a new 1.3 mile trail that connects to an existing 1.1 mile trail in Denver, N.C. Project direction, tools and lunch will be provided. The new Catawba Springs Preserve Trail will open to the public in late March. Become a volunteer and register to help.



Become a Carolina Thread Trail Ambassador

Cory and Diane Schiele MuseumDo you love the Thread Trail? Would you like to easily help grow this region’s trail system? Then join us to learn the history of the trail, current projects, future goals and the various ways folks can enjoy the Thread Trail and get involved! You then can represent the Thread Trail at community events, health expos and more! Register for the March 19 evening volunteer outreach training. 

Take a Hike on Opening Day for Trails

20130421_145646Celebrate the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Opening Day for Trails on Saturday, March 28 with a hike on a Carolina Thread           (Rail-to-)Trail in Lincolnton, N.C. on the South Fork Rail Trail! Open to the public, guests will be guided for an hour nature hike along the South Fork River while they learn about the rich local history and ecological significance of this preserved corridor protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. Learn more about this event.


 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