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


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.



Celebrating National Trails Day

Volunteers cut invasives along the South Fork TrailThanks to the more than 60 guests who joined us on Saturday, June 6, for National Trails Day! Our nature hike and trail cleanup in McAdenville, N.C., was a great success. See photos.




 Thread Trail Expands in Eastern Lincoln County

catawbasprings250The Carolina Thread Trail recently opened a 1.3-mile addition to the trail at Sally’s YMCA. The new Catawba Springs Preserve segment meanders through land protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy and features beautiful views of Forney Creek. Together, these two segments form a 2.4-mile path open to hiking and mountain biking.


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.