The Carolina Thread Trail is a developing regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are over 260 miles of trails and 170 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.


Carolina Thread Trail Pale Ale Available NOW

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Blue Blaze Brewing has crafted the perfect beer for your summer adventures—the Carolina Thread Trail Pale Ale! This delicious summer beer was released at National Trails Day and is now available at Blue Blaze’s brewery, U.S. National Whitewater Center and more. More.







Application for Trail Masters Course Now Open

14330128_1173680526023706_3494519593278843998_nInterested in leading the the advancement of the Thread Trail? We’re looking for you! Become a Trail Master and learn to construct, maintain and lead volunteers on our natural surface trails. Application closes August 28. More.





Join Us for FREE Guided Hikes, Bike Rides and More

Land-Trust-Day-South-Fork04-homepageWant to learn about local plants? Interested in exploring your community by bike? Join a free guided outdoor adventure and explore trails, rivers, greenways and nature preserves! See the complete calendar of public programs.




Paddle the Rocky River

Rocky-River-volunteers_034-(10)-homepageThe Rocky River Blueway starts at Pharr Family Preserve in Midland, NC, and continues downriver for approximately 65 miles to Blewett Falls in Lilesville, NC. This undammed river trail provides a true wilderness paddling adventure just an hour or so from Charlotte! View the blueway map.



Show Your Love for Trails – Become a Member


Trailheads_webJoin 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, newsletter, guided hikes and special event tickets! Learn more.