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Giving Tuesday

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, we have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.



Through #GivingTuesdayCLT, a social media campaign, SHARE Charlotte and many local nonprofits are partnering together again this year to make a positive impact in OUR city.

This year, the giving season starts on November 10 and goes through December 1. We are excited to be participating in #GivingTuesdayCLT with SHARE Charlotte! Make a gift to the Carolina Thread Trail during this period and you’ll help us earn a percentage of matching funds given to SHARE Charlotte from area organizations.Green Donate Now

Post an unselfie to social media to share why you give to the Thread Trail! Don’t forget to tag @ThreadTrail and use #GivingTuesdayCLT.



The Carolina Thread Trail is working to connect the region through a network of 1,590 miles of trails. When you donate to the Thread Trail on Giving Tuesday, you help us accomplish one of our goals, the North-South Spine, which brings 140 miles of recreation, transportation, and conservation to you. North-South (Simplified)

The North-South Spine is an essential corridor in the Carolina Thread Trail Master Plan, running from Great Falls, SC to Statesville, NC. It will connect residents to historical and recreational attractions and bring people closer to each other and nature.

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Corporate Trailheads

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Supporting trails and greenways is a smart investment for our region’s future.


The Carolina Thread Trail’s sustainability depends on the support of everyone in a community – town municipality, individual community members, organizations and groups, as well as corporations and local businesses who work and live in the neighborhood.

Corporate Trailheads are those businesses who are engaged in the health and well-being of their community.  They care about the overall wellness of the land, people and economy in their area.  This grassroots group of businesses furthers not only the Carolina Thread Trail network but also strengthens their towns and the people who work and play in the place they call home.

If your business wants to take the next step to making this region a better place to live, work and play, become a Corporate Trailhead!


Thank you to our Corporate Trailheads

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Fall Events and Trail Pairings

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Octobers calls to mind many images. Orange and red hues, leaf piles, apple cider, carved pumpkins and early morning frosts. It is a month filled with clear skies and seasonal fun—perfect for being outdoors. Below you’ll find a list of fall events near Carolina Thread Trail segments so that you can make the most of your outings and experience all that the region has to offer!

Note: Some of these events require the purchase of admission and/or goods.

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  1. The Riverbend Farm in Midland, NC opens its doors every weekend in October to the public. You can pick pumpkins, go on a wagon ride, feed farm animals, and much more! During your visit to the farm, go on walk on the Riverbend Farm Trail. This trail begins at the farm and follows the Rocky River for 0.9 miles.



  1. The Anne Springs Close Greenway also holds its Fall Frolic festival every weekend in October. It features a pumpkin patch, corn maze, horse rides, and a variety of other activities. Take in the fall colors and views of the Greenway while walking along the Blue Star Trail.



  1. For history buffs, the Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend is IMG_1610October 2-7. There is a full schedule including a firearms show, living history encampments, and the Festifall battle and colonial-era reenactments. This festival location overlaps with two Carolina Thread Trails: Overmountain Victory Trail: Cowpens National Battlefield and the Gateway Trail at Kings Mountain. Explore these trails and imagine yourself hiking and exploring just like the colonists and soldiers did during the Revolutionary War.


  1. The U.S. National Whitewater Center celebrates the end of the Long Creek Trail croppedpaddling season on October 10 with their Fall Finale. Bike or run along the Long Creek Trail, a part of the Whitewater Center, and then cool off while listening to folk artists and sipping on cider.



  1. Last but not least, on October 24, the Daniel Stowe Botanical daniel-stowe-exhibit-024Garden hosts Bootanical. Get in the spirit of the season by wearing a costume and participating in themed activities. The Botanical Garden connects to the Seven Oaks Trail, one of our more popular trails with beautiful views of Lake Wylie. Did you know that trees near water change color first? See it here

Carolina Stories Thread Trail Video

Here’s our wonderful video that’s part of the Carolina Stories video series produced by the Charlotte in 2012 DNC Host Committee to showcase the great things happening in our region. This video about The Thread is part of a collaboration that highlights the unique and inspiring stories, initiatives, projects and organizations from across our community.

What Economic Impact Do Trails Have In Our Communities?

A number of economic impact studies based on data and reasonable forecasting techniques indicate that connected bicycle/pedestrian facilities (like trails and greenways) offer a significant return on investment through property value increases, tourism, business investment, alternative transportation benefits and health benefits.

A 2011 cost/benefit study by Alta Planning and Design evaluated the completion of a multipurpose trail linking the City of Davidson and Cabarrus County (from the Cabarrus County line to downtown Charlotte). The study resulted in an internal return on investment of 16.21%, not including the quantification of recreational benefits. A 2007 study by Econsult, Inc. and Greenways, Inc. forecasting the economic benefit of the Carolina Thread Trail indicated that
increased tourism from a completed regional network would generate an estimated $3-$6 million in incremental state and local tax revenue per year.

Multiple studies indicate that property values for homes and businesses near trails are greater – with increases ranging from between 4% and 20%  – when compared to properties not along trails. This is not surprising in light of the outcome of a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors that cited walking and biking trails as the #1 amenity desired by homebuyers.

While these studies are compelling, sometimes the most convincing evidence of the economic impact of an infrastructure investment can be accessed from talking to representatives from businesses that are directly

Furman University recently released an in-depth study of the health and economic impacts of the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Tram Trail.  The study provides a baseline for the impact of the 17.5 mile multi-use trail connecting Greenville to Travelers Rest, SC.  For a segment of the study, interviews were conducted with nine managers or owners of retail businesses abutting or within 250 yards of the trail. Data from that study includes the following:

  • Most of the businesses reported increases in sales/revenue ranging from 30% to as high as 85% since the trail was completed.
  • One business decided to open as a result of the trail being built.
  • One business reported changing locations to a site on the trail and observed a 30% increase in sales.
  • One business reported that 75% of Saturday business and 40% of business during the week related to trail use.

These findings, when combined with general observations about how economic activity has been enhanced along stretches of the Carolina Thread Trail– like the Metropolitan stretch of Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Charlotte and the Piedmont Medical Center Trail in Rock Hill – are indications of how a connected regional trail network would generate large near-term economic returns.  The case becomes even more compelling when hospitals, business centers, schools, retail and residential hubs are connected via multi use trails.

Along The Thread, we see and hear the momentum and excitement from local governments and community residents about trails opening in their neighborhoods and communities. We know all trails will help our communities be better places to live and work, while creating new economic activity for our communities for years to come.

2017 Trail Masters Course

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Application has closed for the 2017 Trail Masters course. This year, the course will be made up of past certified Trail Masters and new students. Besides the volunteer option for community volunteers, our implementation partners (Thread Trail municipalities and land trusts) may pay the certification fee as an industry professional a who will work on Thread Trail segments but not required to fulfill the volunteer commitment. A limited number of  applicants will be invited to participate in the trail building and maintenance certification course. The course will be held October 12-15, 2017, at the Museum of the Waxhaws in Waxhaw, NC. The application deadline is August 28, 2017. The course, which is led by Trail Design Specialists Owner Mike Riter, will include classroom and on-trail instruction and demonstrations.

Trail Masters Eligibility Requirements:

Live in the 15 county Carolina Thread Trail footprint.

Attend a four-day trail building school from October 12-15: 9am-5pm each day.

Volunteer Trail Masters commit to 40 hours of service to the Thread Trail annually for the next three years.

Be at least 18 years of age.

Volunteer Trail Masters must attend the volunteer workday on October 21, 2017 in  Denver, NC on the Forney Creek Trail. 

Interested in 2018’s Trail Master Course and Program? Email to receive program communication next year. 

Thread Trail Footprint

NC – Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union

SC –  Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, York

Volunteer Trail Master Program after Certification

Volunteer Trail Masters are expected to lead groups of volunteers during Thread Trail hosted community and private workdays. Community workdays are hosted monthly on Saturday mornings or Friday mornings. Private workdays may be hosted during the week in the mornings or afternoon.

Volunteer Trail Masters will also have the opportunity to work with staff on special trail projects, support our implementation with their design, construction, volunteer workday efforts and help monitor the trails we directly manage on a monthly basis. Trail Masters may also represent the Thread Trail and community outreach events and support our special events and outdoor programs we host throughout the year.

Launched in 2011, the Trail Masters Program has already certified 82 Trail Masters. Increasing the number of Trail Masters will allow the Thread Trail to increase the amount of volunteer hours specifically dedicated to trail building and maintenance. Current Trail Masters have already registered more than 4,500 volunteer hours since the program’s launch.

General Volunteer Inquiry

Registration for General Volunteer Updates

Please fill out the form below to receive emails regarding upcoming volunteer opportunities!