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National Trails Day


The Carolina Thread Trail is throwing a community bash for National Trails Day! Come out to the South Fork Trail and celebrate your love for trails with us.

Saturday, June 4 | 11 am – 3 pm
South Fork Trail and Blueway
Parking 119 Willow Drive
McAdenville, NC 28101

*Free Admission*


2 guided 30-minute nature hikes | Free kayak rentals from The Floating Goat | Live art: Belmont Abbey College Art Club mural painting on bridge crossing | Live bluegrass music: Thompson Brothers Band | Geocaching | Disc golf putt-putt | Cornhole | Lawn bowling           | Ladder toss | Kid-friendly environmental activities



 Papi Queso food truck | Rivermen Brewing Company | King of Pops artisan popsicles | Charlotte Parent Magazine – Fit Family Challenge | Bike drive: Trips for Kids | NC Wildlife Federation Great Outdoor University| Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | Schiele Natural History Museum | Pharr Family YMCA | Carolina Raptor Center | Capstone Climbing and Adventure | Great Outdoor Provisions | Bungalow Picnic Company

Spread the word! Download the event flyer and post it throughout the community!

National Trails Day

Sign up below for one of our National Trails Day guided hikes.

You only need to register if you plan on attending a hike- registration is not required to attend the overall event.

Hikes at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

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Earth Day Events

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Saturday, April 16

EarthFest at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | 11am – 3pm
6500 S New Hope Rd
Belmont, NC 28012

Earth Day at Anne Springs Close Greenway | 10am – 2pm
Dairy Barn, 288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Sunday, April 17

EarthFest at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden |11am – 3pm
6500 S New Hope Rd
Belmont, NC 28012

Friday, April 22- Earth Day!

TuckFest | 5pm – 8pm
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214


Saturday, April 23

TuckFest | 8am – 8pm
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214

Earth Day at the Gateway Trail | 12pm – 4pm
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail
807 S. Battleground Avenue
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Matthews Earth Day 2016- Sponsored by HAWK | 10am – 2pm
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC 28105

Wild Earth Day at the Schiele Museum | 10am – 3pm
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054

First Ward Park Grand Opening- CREN | 10am – 4pm
301 E Seventh Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Arbor Day/Earth Day| 11am- 2pm
Goat Island Park
141 8th Ave
Cramerton, NC 28032

 Sunday, April 24

TuckFest | 8:30 am – 5pm
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214

Saturday, April 30

Bark in the Park | 10am – 4pm
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Earth Day Birthday |10am -3 pm
Museum of York County
4621 Mt Gallant Rd.
Rock Hill, SC 29732

National Trails Day Celebration

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National Trails Day

Saturday, June 4 | 11 am – 3 pm
South Fork Trail and Blueway
119 Willow Drive
McAdenville, NC 28101

We’re celebrating National Trails Day and we want you to join us!

Admission is $10 per person (under 13 free) and includes one free beer and all activities except for kayak rentals and the food truck.

The Carolina Thread Trail is hosting a jam-packed community event at the South Fork Trail and Blueway with outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy!

Go on a nature hike led by our naturalists and explore the river on your own with discounted kayak rentals. We’ll also have lawn games like cornhole, law bowling, and disc golf set up as well as a hula hooping competition hosted by Charlotte Parent Magazine.

Papi Queso will be on site making delicious grilled cheeses with Rivermen Brewing Company serving up cold brews! While you enjoy your food, watch the live art as the Belmont Abbey College Art Club paints a mural inspired by local history and the Thread Trail on the I-85 bridge and listen to the Thompson Brothers Band!

 Learn about the natural world around you from exhibitors like Catawba Lands Conservancy, NC Wildlife Federation, Carolina Raptor Center and Schiele Museum.

 June 4, 2016 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day (NTD), the country’s largest celebration of trails. NTD features a series of outdoor activities across the United States, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

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Opening Day for Trails


Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

Saturday, April 16 | Noon
Foote Trail
210 Galilee Church Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086


 Celebrate Opening Day for Trails with us at the ribbon cutting of the Foote Trail. This extension adds two miles to the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, utilizing an old highway overpass and meandering around an abandoned quarry. The event includes a ribbon cutting at noon, followed by trail updates and refreshments.

A park ranger from Crowders Mountain State Park will lead a nature walk along the new trail, for a total of 4 miles.

This extension adds 2 miles to the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, which connects to sidewalk in Kings Mountain for over 8 miles of continuous pathway!

 Opening Day for Trails was created by Rails to Trails as an official kick-off to the trail season. It is a day focused on getting outside and celebrating spring so we hope that you participate by going to a trail near you if you can’t attend our event!


South Fork Rail Trail Extension



Trail Opening
South Fork Rail Trail Extension

 Friday, Dec. 4 | Noon
575 Southfork Road
Lincolnton, NC*
Celebrate the opening of a new trail section! After the ribbon cutting at noon, explore this 1.2 mile extension of the South Fork Rail Trail. This natural surface trail, now 2-miles one-way, exists within the Rhyne Preserve and is open to hiking and mountain biking.
*Please note that this is not the official trailhead address but is the location for the ribbon cutting event only

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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Forney Creek Trail and Bridge at Sally’s Y


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Forney Creek Trail and Bridge at Sally’s Y

1601 Forney Creek Parkway
Denver, NC
A new section of trail and 66-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge are now open! The nearly 1-mile natural surface trail, the Kathryn G. Clark Trail, is open to hiking and mountain biking and connects to other trails at Sally’s Y and Catawba Springs Preserve.

Cross-State Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

You’re invited to join the Carolina Thread Trail and representatives from Waxhaw, NC, and Lancaster, SC, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the cross-state suspension bridge. This bridge connects the Twelve Mile Creek Greenway in Waxhaw, NC, with the Twelve Mile Creek Trail in Lancaster, SC, creating four continuous miles of pathway. Come celebrate with us and experience being in two places at once!

Tuesday, April 26 | 3 pm

Parking at H.C. Nesbit Park *

1304 H.C. Nesbit Park Dr.

Waxhaw, NC 28173

Suspension Bridge

*There will be a 1/4 mile hike to the bridge site.

Corporate Trailheads


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 current Corporate Trailheads

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 Blue Ridge Trail Works, Inc.  Custom McSpadden Homes  Design Center of the Carolinas

Walton Development


Try Sports


U.S. National Whitewater Center

Mountain Khakis

Kimley-Horn and Associates


 Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council



 Yellow Cape Communications