Queen City Joyride: FREE Guided Greenway Tour with FREE Bike Rental

Every 3rd Tuesday from 5:45 pm – 8 pm

Ever wanted to ride a bike through Charlotte but don’t have a bike?  Want to learn more about the natural and cultural history of your area?  Does riding off into the sunset and then enjoying a treat at one of the area’s best local businesses sound like a pretty great evening?  Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy for an evening tour of a greenway near you.

Ride off into the sunset as our guide leads you on an easy group bike ride as we tour a local greenway.  The group will ride together and stop periodically to explore historically relevant and unique natural features of the greenway.  Each greenway tour will also discover a convenient route to a blossoming local business that will provide a FREE treat for tour participants.

Requirements and Recommendations for All RIDES

  • Participants must be able to ride a bike to participate in this FREE program.
  • Participants must wear a helmet.  A helmet can be borrowed from Charlotte B-cycle or you can bring your own helmet.
  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a FREE rental bike provided by Charlotte B-cycle.
  • Please indicate if you need a child or adult sized bike when registering.
  • Ages 10+ recommended
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • FREE or discounted treat from local business is included only for pre-registered riders.

What will be Provided

  • B-cycle bike to rent free for the evening
  • A FREE treat from a local business!
  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the Greenway, local flora and fauna
  • Helmet with headlight

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

 

UPCOMING QUEEN CITY JOY RIDE, THREAD TRAIL GUIDED TOURS

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 
A Bicycle Tour of Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenway
Frazier Park  1123 Greenleaf Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28202

  • 5:45 pm: Meet at Frazier Park
  • 6:00 pm: Welcome and start biking
  • Stop to enjoy a FREE TREAT at Rhino Market & Deli
  • 8:00 pm: Finish bike at Frazier Park

Join us for a short (3-4 mile) ride while we explore this beautiful Greenway in the heart of some historic Charlotte neighborhoods.  We will ride leisurely as a group and stop frequently to get to know our Greenway cultural and natural history!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

 

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Get to Know Your Greenway: FREE Guided Greenway Walking Tours

Every 2nd Tuesday from 5:45-8pm

Does walking into the sunset and then enjoying a treat at one of our area’s best local businesses sound like a pretty great evening?  Want to learn more about the natural and cultural history of your area?  Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy for an evening walking tour of a greenway near you.

Walk along with your family, friends, furry friends, furry family, and our guide who will lead you on a tour of a local greenway.  The group will walk together and stop periodically to explore historically relevant and unique natural features of the greenway.  Each greenway tour will also discover a convenient route to a blossoming local business that will provide a FREE treat for participants in the tour.

Requirements and Recommendations for All PARTICIPANTS

  • Participants must be mobile enough to walk or stroll on a paved and sometimes uneven surface and maintain a regular pace to participate in this FREE program.
  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adults.
  • Friendly dogs are welcome on leash.
  • FREE or discounted treat from local business is included only for pre-registered riders.

 What will be Provided

  • A FREE treat from a local business
  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the Greenway, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • Flashlights to borrow for the evening

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

 

UPCOMING GET TO KNOW YOUR GREENWAY, GUIDED GREENWAY  WALKING TOURS

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
A Walking Tour of Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenway
Frazier Park  1123 Greenleaf Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28202
ADA Accessible

Join us for a short 2 mile walk while we explore this beautiful Greenway in the heart of some historic Charlotte neighborhoods.  We will walk leisurely as a group and stop frequently to get to know our Greenway cultural and natural history!

  • 5:45 pm: Meet at Frazier Park
  • 6:00 pm: Welcome and start walking
  • Stop to enjoy a FREE TREAT at Rhino Market & Deli
  • 8:00 pm: Finish walk at Frazier Park

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

 

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Ride off into the Sunset: FREE Bring Your Own Bike Guided Greenway Tours

Every 1st Tuesday from 5:45 pm – 8 pm

Have a bike but not sure where to ride in the city?  Want to learn more about the natural and cultural history of your area?  Does riding off into the sunset and then enjoying a treat at one of the area’s best local businesses sound like a pretty great evening?  Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy for an evening tour of a greenway near you.

Ride off into the sunset as our guide leads you on an easy group biking tour of a local greenway.  The group will ride together and stop periodically to discover historically relevant and unique natural features of the greenway.  Each greenway tour will also discover a convenient route to a blossoming local business that will provide a FREE treat for participants on the tour.

Requirements and Recommendations for All RIDES

  • Participants must be able to ride a bike to participate in this FREE program.
  • Participants must have their own bike and bring it to the tour to ride.
  • Participants must bring and wear their own helmet.
  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.
  • Ages 10+ recommended
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • FREE or discounted treat from local business is included only for pre-registered riders.

 What will be Provided

  • A FREE treat from a local business
  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the Greenway, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • Headlights and bike lights to borrow for the evening

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Bike and helmet
  • Bike lights (if you have them)

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

 

UPCOMING RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET, GUIDED GREENWAY  TOURS

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 
A Historical Bicycle Tour of Charlotte’s Changing People and Places
Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways
1123 Greenleaf Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28202

Join us for a short (3-4 mile) ride while we explore this beautiful Greenway in the heart of some historic Charlotte neighborhoods.  We will ride leisurely as a group and stop frequently to get to know our Greenway cultural and natural history!

  • 5:45 pm: Meet at Frazier Park
  • 6:00 pm: Welcome and start biking
  • Stop to enjoy a FREE popsicle at Rhino Market & Deli
  • 8:00 pm: Finish bike at Frazier Park

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

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A Wonderful Walk in the Woods: FREE Family Friendly Tours of the Thread Trail

Every 1st Sunday Afternoon

Are you and your family busily rushing from school, to work, to activities and in need of time together?  Take an hour or two out of your schedule to enjoy a family stroll on the Carolina Thread Trail.  Our family-friendly group walking tours are interactive and fun and lead you through beautiful stretches of trail.  Each month we will explore a new trail.  Our guide will help you discover the convenient trails and unique plants and animals that live in your back yard.  Come enjoy captivating stories and hands-on activities on these afternoon walking tours.  Bring water, closed toed shoes, and the whole family to enjoy these FREE, fun, family tours!

Requirements and Recommendations for All PARTICIPANTS

  • Participants must be mobile enough to walk or stroll on a paved or sometimes narrow natural surface trail and maintain a regular pace to participate in this FREE program.
  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 What will be Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • Field-guides to borrow during the tour

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

 

UPCOMING WONDERFUL WALK IN THE WOODS WITH FAMILY, THREAD TRAIL TOURS

Sunday, September 4, 2016| 1 pm – 3 pm
HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR BACKYARD: Become a Citizen Scientist on the Phenology Trail!
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 S New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC 28012

  • 1:00 pm: Meet at the back of the Visitor Center Parking lot near the Persimmon Trailhead
  • Explore the Persimmon Trail!
  • 3:00 pm: Wrap-Up tour

Bring family of all ages to join us as we take an easy stroll on this beautiful natural surface trail.  We will play games to identify changes in common plants and create a plant guide that your family can take home.  We will also show you how your whole family can use these plant ID skills to become a Citizen Scientist.  The data that you and your family collect with be added to the USA National Phenology Network  and will help in observing our changing world!  Register today to come out and play!

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Sunday, October 2, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Sunday, November 6, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Location and Details TBD

 

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Family Playday: FREE Hiking, Biking and Paddling Opportunities for the whole Family!

Every 3rd Sunday Afternoon

Are you and your family feeling confined by work, school, or other commitments?  Do you want to spend more time having fun together?  Come outside and play this fall on the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy’s “FAMILY PLAYDAY” Outdoor Adventure Tours.

Each month, play with us outside on a guided tour of a Thread Trail! We will show you some of the most convenient trails and rivers where you can walk, hike, bike, or paddle with your family. These tours are appropriate for the whole family and will give your family a fun experience together while showing you the skills and confidence to get started playing outside with your family.

So jump off the couch, put down the screen, and take a Family Playday with Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy! Our guide will lead you safely through hiking, biking, and paddling programs while providing patient instruction in a family friendly environment.  Get ready to go outside and play!

Requirements and Recommendations for All PARTICIPANTS

  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adults.
  • Ages 10+ recommended

 What will be Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • All required gear and safety equipment to participate

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

UPCOMING FAMILY PLAYDAYS

Sunday, September 18, 2016|  1 pm – 3 pm
GET GOING ON THE GATEWAY TRAIL: Enjoy tales on the the trail while hiking with your family
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, 807 S. Battleground Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
ADA Accessible

  • 1:00 pm: Meet at the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail parking lot (at picnic tables under the shelter)
  • Explore the Gateway Trail!
  • 3:00 pm: Wrap-up tour

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Sunday, October 16, 2016| 1 pm – 4 pm
Kayaking on the Historic Catawba River
Tailrace Marina, 1000 Marina Village Dr., Mt Holly, NC 28120

  • 1:00 pm: Tailrace Marina (at picnic tables under the shelter)
  • Explore the Catawba River!
  • 3:00 pm: Wrap-up tour

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Sunday, November 20, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Sunday, December 18, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

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The Nature of our Thread Trails Adult Series: Free Thread Trail Tours

Every 1st Sunday and 1st Tuesday

Do life, work, and numerous responsibilities have you stressed out?  Are you curious about what plants and animals are in your backyard?  Would you like to learn about what makes the Piedmont area so special?  Take a day to get away and get on the Carolina Thread Trail.  Join us for a relaxing stroll and discover stories of history and nature alone these scenic, wooded, greenways, and blueways on our guided tours. We will explore a new trail or river each month.  Bring your curiosity and leave with a greater appreciation for your backyard!

Requirements and Recommendations for All PARTICIPANTS

  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.

 What will be Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • Field guides to borrow during the tour

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks
  • Field guides, camera, binoculars or other outdoor toys (if you have them)

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

 

UPCOMING NATURE OF OUR THREAD TRAIL TOURS

Saturday, September 3, 2016|  9:30 am – 12 pm

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR BACKYARD:
Common Plant Identification Techniques and becoming a Citizen Scientist on the Phenology Trail!
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont, NC 28012

Join us as we take an easy stroll on this beautiful natural surface trail.  We will stop frequently to identify common plants and we will show you how you can use your plant ID skills to become a Citizen Scientist.  We invite everyone from the beginner hiker to the experienced botanist.

  • 9:30 am: Meet at the back of the Visitor Center Parking lot at the trailhead for the Persimmon Trail
  • Explore the Phenology Trail
  • 12:00pm: Wrap-Up tour back at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Parking Lot.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016| 12:15 pm – 2 pm

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR BACKYARD:
Common Plant Identification Techniques and becoming a Citizen Scientist on the Phenology Trail!
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont, NC 28012

Join us as we take an easy stroll on this beautiful natural surface trail.  We will stop frequently to identify common plants and we will show you how you can use your plant ID skills to become a Citizen Scientist.  We invite everyone from the beginner hiker to the experienced botanist.

  • 12:15pm: Meet at the back of the Visitor Center Parking lot at  the trailhead for the Persimmon Trail
  • Explore the Phenology Trail
  • 2:00pm: Wrap-Up tour back at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Parking Lot

Arrive just 30 minutes earlier, at 12:00pm to learn more about the Phenology Trail with Colleen O’Donnell prior to the hike as part of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s First Tuesday Continuing Education Series.  Cost for admission is $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, and $6.95 for children 2-12 and includes admission to the Gardens.  Member admission for the program is free.  Guests are encouraged to bring lunch while enjoying the presentation at the Visitor Pavilion.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Location and Details TBD

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Location and Details TBD

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Location and Details TBD

REGISTRATION FORM: The Nature of the Thread Trails Adult Series

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Adult Outdoor Adventure Series: FREE Hiking, Biking and Paddling Opportunities

Every 3rd Saturday and 3rd Tuesday

Do you want to explore new parts of the community where you live but are not sure how and where to get started? This fall, join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy on an Adult Adventure Tour to discover beautiful scenic trails that run through your backyard!

Come on a group tour, meet like-minded people, and work up a sweat! We will show you some of the most convenient trails to get started on your new outdoor adventure.

Our group tours welcome all skill levels and will give you the tools and confidence to begin biking, hiking or paddling, on the Carolina Thread Trail’s Blueways and Trails.

Our guide will lead you safely through this outdoor adventure, provide basic instruction, and gear that you will need to have fun recreating outside. Each month we will explore a new trail or ride. We welcome all skill levels, especially beginners!

Requirements and Recommendations for All PARTICIPANTS

  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.

 What will be Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • All required gear and safety equipment to participate

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

UPCOMING ADULT OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Tuesday, September 20, 2016| 9:30 am – 12 pm
GET GOING ON THE GATEWAY TRAIL: How to create your own hiking workout
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, 807 S. Battleground Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
ADA Accessible

  • 9:30 am: Meet at the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Parking lot (at picnic tables under the shelter)
  • Light yoga and stretching
  • We will work out on the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail using parcourse for calisthenics and trail for walking.
  • 12:00 pm: Wrap-up workout

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Saturday, October 15, 2016| 9 am – 12 pm
Kayaking with the Catawba Riverkeeper
Tailrace Marina, 1000 Marina Village Dr., Mt Holly, NC 28120

  • 9:00am: Tailrace Marina (at picnic tables under the shelter)
  • Kayak the Catawba River!
  • 12:00 pm: Wrap-up tour

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016| 9 am – 12pm
Kayaking on the Historic Catawba River
Tailrace Marina, 1000 Marina Village Dr, Mt Holly, NC 28120

  • 9:00am: Tailrace Marina (at picnic tables under the shelter)
  • Kayak the Catawba River!
  • 12:00 pm: Wrap-up tour

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Saturday, December 17, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

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BIKE! Charlotte – Greenway Ride

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Carolina Thread Trail Greenway Bike Ride

Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Monday, May 2 | 6 pm

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Take a bike ride with the Thread Trail! In celebration of BIKE! Charlotte, the staff at Carolina Thread Trail will host a guided bike tour along Little Sugar Creek Greenway starting at the B-Cycle station located within Freedom Park. We will ride through the park into the Metropolitan shopping district to stop for frozen yogurt and talk about the greenway’s history and impact of stream restoration. We’ll then continue our ride up to Elizabeth Street where we will turn around and head back to Freedom Park.

Please bring a helmet and water bottle. If you do not have a bike, you can rent one at the B-Cycle station. Advanced registration is required – see below.

B-Cycle will waive any usage fee accrued between 6pm – 8pm that night! 

Meeting Location: Freedom Park B-Cycle Station
2399 Freedom Park Service Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

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About BIKE! Charlotte

The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Sports Cycling are once again joining forces to host one of Charlotte’s most healthy and inspiring events: 2016 BIKE! Charlotte. This event is set to start on Friday, April 29 and run through the following Sunday May 15.

The intention of the 2016 edition of BIKE! Charlotte is to empower the citizens of Charlotte to incorporate the bicycle into their life. Whether you are pedaling to the post office, the supermarket, church, work or a park, you are “Riding for a Better Community”.

Pre-registration for this event has expired. Please email vanessa@carolinathreadtrail.org for event information.

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Reopening: McAlpine Creek Greenway

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National Trails Day

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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*

Activities

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

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Vendors

 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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