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 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

Fall into the Thread: October 6 at Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

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Join your fellow trail enthusiasts to celebrate the cooler and colorful outdoor season for hiking, biking and paddling! We invite new and current Trailheads and Greenway Gals, grassroots donors of the Thread Trail, to an evening of toe tapping live music, local craft beer, wine, hor d’oeuvres, sponsor gifts and a guest speaker. Current members receive free tickets for themselves and guests. Learn more.


Member Hike: Ridgeline Trail


Come on a morning adventure with us! Members of Greenway Gals and Trailheads at the Trekker and Trailblazer levels are invited to hike 8.5 miles along the Ridgeline Trail starting at Crowders Mountain State Park. We will point out interesting ecological characteristics and geological features within the Piedmont hardwood forest. Members are welcome to bring one guest! Learn more and register.


Trail Master Course Application Open

IMG_8552 Do you have what it takes to be a Trail Master? If you’re passionate about trails and looking to learn the latest in sustainable trail building and maintenance, as well as provide leadership for this growing regional trail system then we want you! Trail Masters receive extensive training and commit a minimum of 40 hours a year for three years of service to the Thread Trail. Applications for the 2016 Trail Master Course are due August 5. Learn more and apply here.


New Trails Open in Shelby and Conover

12920328_1018039144932346_1960059397377239460_nCome explore our new Thread Trails: The First Broad River Trail in Shelby, N.C., and Lyle Creek Greenway in Conover, N.C. The First Broad River Trail runs under a historic railroad trestle and over the river via a suspension bridge. The new 1.5-mile Lyle Creek Greenway is an excellent location for biking, hiking, and natural wildlife viewing.



Cross-State Suspension Bridge Now Open


On April 26th, the Cross-State Bridge over Twelve Mile Creek in Waxhaw, NC and Lancaster, SC officially opened. This 170-foot suspension bridge connects two states through the Twelve Mile Creek Trail and Greenway and is an example of collaboration and community connections that the Carolina Thread Trails strives to create.


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.


8th Annual Trail Forum

The 8th Annual Trail Forum took place on Dec. 3. We had a great turnout, with over 240 industry professionals and community experts participating in learning sessions and networking opportunities. Thank you to all who attended for your efforts to advance the Carolina Thread Trail. The presentations from this trail forum and past are available here.