The Carolina Thread Trail is a developing regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are over 250 miles of trails and 100 miles of blueway 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.


FRESH! Trails and Tails: Community Dog Walk April 30

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In partnership with The Fresh Foundation, join us on the Thread Trail with your four-legged friend! Bring your family, friends, furry-friends, and furry family, to walk approximately 4 miles along Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway in Charlotte. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon of exercise for yourself and your dog and learn about other Thread Trails to explore with your best friend! Learn more.

Events In Our Region

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Spring is a wonderful time to get outside and explore your community and neighboring towns! Check out community events that are happening on the Thread Trail or in our region that promote outdoor recreation, nature conservation and fun with the family! View events here. 



Pollinator Garden Installation May 5

Butterfly Bragg PropertyOur friends at Catawba Lands Conservancy are hosting a volunteer workday to plant a native pollinator garden at the trailhead of our Seven Oaks Nature Preserve Trail in Belmont, NC. Come plant native grasses, wildflowers and shrubs to attract a variety of pollinators throughout the season! No experience needed.  Project direction, tools, water, and snacks will be provided. Learn more and register.



Join Us for FREE Guided Hikes, Bike Rides and More

Land-Trust-Day-South-Fork04-homepageWant to learn about local plants? Interested in exploring your community by bike? Join a free guided outdoor adventure and explore trails, rivers, greenways and nature preserves! See the complete calendar of public programs.




Paddle the Rocky River

Rocky-River-volunteers_034-(10)-homepageThe Rocky River Blueway starts at Pharr Family Preserve in Midland, NC, and continues downriver for approximately 65 miles to Blewett Falls in Lilesville, NC. This undammed river trail provides a true wilderness paddling adventure just an hour or so from Charlotte! View the blueway map.



Show Your Love for Trails – Become a Member


Trailheads_webJoin 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 magnet, newsletter, guided hikes and special event tickets! Learn more.