Carolina Thread Trail

The Carolina Thread Trail (Thread Trail) 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 223 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. Thread Trail is providing a community and conservation legacy that will give so much, to so many, for so long.

What’s New

Riverbend Canoe and Kayak Launch Opens in Cabarrus County

1-DSC_0015The rescheduled opening date for this Rocky River access is set for Saturday, July 19 at 10 a.m. in Midland, NC. Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony then put in at Pharr Family Preserve for a 4.5 miles paddle down to Riverbend Farm Launch or explore the 1 miles natural surface trail at Riverbend Farm. Learn more.


New R.Y. McAden Canoe and Kayak Launch Now Open

Spencer Mountain River Access Grand Opening and Ribbon CuttingA new canoe and kayak  launch on the South Fork Catawba River in McAdenville, N.C., is now open to the public. The launch is one of five access points for paddle recreation on the South Fork Catawba River in Gaston County. Learn more.


Ridgeline Hike for Trailheads and Greenway Gals

Ridgelien Trail between Pinnacle Summit and Road 640pixelsHike with us September 20 on the Ridgeline Trail! We will hike 8.2 miles of the 14 mile trail that connects Crowders Mountain State Park, NC to Kings Mountain State Park, SC. This hike is open to members of Trailheads, Greenway Gals and their guests. Check out the fall hike. 

2014 Trail Masters Course Application is Open


Want to be part of a legacy? Become a Trail Master with Thread Trail! These volunteer leads are vital to the development and maintenance of our natural surface trails and volunteer program for a three year commitment. The Trail Masters Certification Course will be hosted October 23-26, 2014. The application deadline is August 28. Learn more.

Long Creek Trail in Charlotte is Closed

long creek trailThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department is currently building a new wastewater facility near the Long Creek Trail in southwest Mecklenburg County. For your safety, this trail is closed for while this structure is being constructed.



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