Carolina Thread Trail

The Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) is an exciting project that’s creating a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are 141 miles of The Thread open to the public – linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions.

The Thread 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. The Thread is providing a community and conservation legacy that will give so much, to so many, for so long.


What’s New:

Registration Closes May 1 for Tread The Thread 5K & 10K Trail Race!

TTT5K10K with CHS JPEGOn Saturday, May 3 run on a new segment of The Thread at Buffalo Creek Preserve and Trail! The 5K and new 10K route will highlight this 390 acre conserved property in Mt. Pleasant, NC, just 25 minutes from uptown Charlotte. Bluegrass music, local craft beer and local barbeque!  Find out more >>.

R. Y. McAden Access at Spencer Mountain onto the South Fork River is CLOSED

Spencer Mountain River Access Grand Opening and Ribbon CuttingConstruction on the new take-out structure at the R.Y. McAden Access has started. Until construction is completed, around June, paddlers will need to temporarily utilize another take-out location. You can exit at Gaston County’s South Fork River Park or portage around the dam and continue to the facilities provided by the Town of Cramerton.

Seven Oaks Preserve Trail in Belmont is CLOSED TO BIKES until further notice

Seven Oaks Preserve ribbon cutting, part of the Carolina Thread TrailThis natural surface  trail at the Seven Oaks Preserve at 6900 S. New Hope Road in Belmont (near the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden) has received heavy use since it opened in December 2013. This is wonderful news, but with the rain and snow, it has been damaged in some areas. We are working to get these problem areas fixed and encouraging folks to stay off the trail when wet. Explore this new trail! >>

Pharr Family Preserve and Canoe/Kayak Launch in Midland is Now Open

IMG_2605This 1.75 mile natural surface trail also contains the first public access onto the Rocky River for paddlers! Check out the new trail on our trail map. >>


Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council Trail is Now Open in Statesville

20131109_101354A NEW trail at the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council’s Oak Springs Campus in Statesville is now open!  
Learn more about this trail that opened Nov. 9! >>


Long Creek Trail in Charlotte is Currently Closed

long creek trailThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department is currently constructing a new wastewater facility near the Long Creek Trail in southwest Mecklenburg County. For your safety, this trail will be closed for approximately eight months while this structure is being constructed. We know this is a popular trail that careens through to a conserved wooded area and connects to trails at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. So, we apologize for the inconvenience and we’ll keep you posted on when this trail will reopen to the public.

New Group Connects Women to The Thread!

greenway gals 0The Greenway Gals is a group of women who will get together to hike and kayak several times a year along the Carolina Thread Trail! It will be a fun way to experience the outdoors as well as support the mission of The Thread. Learn more and join Greenway Gals! >>

Find Trails With Our Interactive Map!

Our interactive map will help you find trails, greenways and blueways on The Thread by location, use or amenities. Find trails and get outside on The Thread! >>

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 donation. The first 200 Trailheads will receive a $10 gift card from Jesse Brown’s Outdoors in addition to a car decal and “Inside The Thread” emails. Learn more. >>