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

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. 



Hearts-A-Bustin’ 5K – Valentine’s Day Trail Run

Hearts-a bustin circle 3  (3)Celebrate love with a festive 5K (3.1 mile) trail run at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, N.C. Hosted by the Garden, the loop race route will start on their Persimmon Trail and continue through the Thread Trail’s Seven Oak’s Preserve Trail. Proceeds benefit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the Carolina Thread Trail. Learn more.



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.




 New Trail Open in Catawba Indian Nation

catawbaindiannation_webWalk in the footsteps of South Carolina’s earliest inhabitants along this new trail in the Catawba Indian Nation. This 2.2-mile, natural surface trail offers a unique opportunity to experience the history of the Catawbas, who have resided in this area since 5000 B.C. Beginning from the Cultural Center Trail, the Greenway Trail picks up near the Catawba River and continues along the water. 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