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.

The significant rainfall predicted for our area may cause unsafe conditions on trails and blueways. An extraordinary amount of precipitation can quickly change water levels and compromise footing. For the safety of all, please understand the risks before hiking or boating.

Please do not ride bicycles on the trails when they are wet. 

What’s New

Fall into the Thread on Oct. 8

FITT_EMAILJoin fellow trail enthusiasts to celebrate the fall outdoor season with food, drinks and music! Special guest Jennifer Pharr Davis, the female Appalachian Trail supported thru-hiker record holder, will be joining us! Event details.




Help Save the Monarch Butterfly on Oct. 12

Volunteers are needed to plant hundreds of milkweed plants at Buffalo Creek Preserve, managed by Catawba Lands Conservancy with the Carolina Thread Trail. This public workday is a part of a monarch habitat restoration project. Learn more about the project and register to volunteer. 




Welcome New Trail Masters!

12032110_952780911447003_2506390212163443370_nCongratulations to the newest additions to our Trail Masters program. These individuals are both volunteers and community partners; they were recently certified in sustainable trail design and construction and are committed to building trails in the region. Trail Masters are integral to the success of the Carolina Thread Trail and we are grateful for their passion and dedication!



Forney Creek Trail Opening on Nov. 5

Come out to celebrate the grand opening of the Forney Creek Trail and the swinging pedestrian bridge on the Sally’s YMCA segment. Explore the trail after the ribbon cutting at noon! View the trail map.




8th Annual Trail Forum on Dec. 3

 Registration is now open for our eighth Annual Trail Forum. This conference connects individuals, leading experts and industry professionals who are passionate about the trail business and the Carolina Thread Trail. Participate in learning sessions and networking opportunities.




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.