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


Feb. 13 Hearts-a-Bustin 5k


Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with a festive 5K trail run at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Registration is being held until February 11, 2016 or until the race is full and the price is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples. Run with a buddy or challenge yourself! The run begins at 9 a.m. Register and find more information. 


A Gift from Us!

As a small thank you for your support and dedication to trails in our region, we’ve created phone and desktop wallpapers of Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy properties for you to download. Enjoy!




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.



8th Annual Trail Forum.

The 8th Annual Trail Forum took place on Dec. 3. We had a great turnout, with over 240 industry professionals and community experts participating in learning sessions and networking opportunities. Thank you to all who attended for your efforts to advance the Carolina Thread Trail. The presentations from this trail forum and past are available here.