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 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.

What’s New

NEW Member Hikes


Get an insider view into two local preserves! Members of Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy are invited to take a closer look at the natural wonders that surround Buffalo Creek Preserve and Catawba Wildflower Glen. These interpretive hikes are sure to delight the novice to expert naturalist! Learn more.



FREE Public Programming Now Available

Want to learn about local plants? Interested in exploring your community on a bike through a greenway? Ever wonder what you should bring on a day hike or how the natural ecology works to sustain our existence? Well, now you have the opportunity with our new Program Coordinator! In partnership between Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy, we invite adults and families on our trails, rivers, greenways and conserved properties! Learn more

Registration is Open: Ninth Annual Trail Forum

Carolina Thread Trail Forum celebrates its ninth year of bringing together this region’s leading experts and industry professionals in the trail business. Individuals come together from across the Thread Trail’s 15-county region in North and South Carolina to share their experiences, best practices and to network to advance trails throughout the area and specifically within the Caroline Thread Trail network. More.


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 magnet, printed newsletter, Thread Trail t-shirt, baseball cap, guided hikes and special event tickets!  Learn more.