Opening Day for Trails: Saturday, March 28


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It’s spring! Dust off your walking shoes, grab the kids, your friends and the family dog and step out Saturday, March 28, for Opening Day for Trails sponsored by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy!  Celebrate the renewing of our natural surroundings by taking a hike on the Carolina Thread Trail.

Guided Hike: South Fork Rail Trail
Saturday, March 28, 9:15-10:30 a.m.
2648 Laboratory Road
Lincolnton, NC 28092
FREE; Advance registration required

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the South Fork Rail Trail that runs along the South Fork River and learn about the local history and flora that makes this trail corridor so important to this region’s development and environment. Please bring a water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes to explore the mile long Thread Trail that will soon extend another mile south along the river.

This hike is FREE, open to the public and is an all ages event. Leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun. The hike is limited to 25 guests. Please register using the form below. 


Plus, this year, when you pledge to join in on the Opening Day festivities, you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes with some great prizes, including Fuji bikes, Yakima bike racks and Camelbak hydration packs!

Be part of the celebration by tagging your photos and posts with the hashtag #RTCOpeningDay, and share photos on our Facebook page or tweet them to us at @ThreadTrail.


Registration for this event has closed. We hope to see you at a future event!

Opening Day For Trails Hike: Saturday, March 28

Registration for this event has closed. We hope to see you at a future event!

Save The Date: Fall Into The Thread on Oct. 10 – Don’t Delete


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Friday, October 10 | 6-8:30 p.m.
Jesse Brown’s Outdoors
4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte
(704) 556-0020

Join your fellow trail enthusiasts to celebrate the cooler and colorful outdoor season for hiking, biking and paddling in this region! The evening will include live music, local beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and sponsor gifts. Plus, enjoy a brief presentation on the value of open natural space in this region by Conservation Biologist Chris Matthews. The evening’s host, Jesse Brown’s, is a staple local outdoor retailer in Charlotte and Trailheads Founding Corporate Partner.



  • Annual Trailheads Membership and T-shirt at all membership levels
  • $10 gift card to Jesse Brown’s
  • $5 gift card to Whole Foods Market to the first 50 who guests who RSVP online
  • Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvers
  • Live country rock music by The Turnstiles
  • “What is it worth? The value of open space.” presentation


Single admission & Hiker Trailheads Membership (+ Trekker level t-shirt, special for event) – $25
Single admission & Trekker Trailheads Membership – $50
Single Admission & Trailblazer Trailheads Membership – $100
Current Trekker and Trailblazer Trailheads Members – Free; Registration required (see below).

Advance registration is requested for all attendees.
Purchase your admission or redeem for free spots/s: online or call (704) 376-2556 x215.

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Current members of Trailheads at the Trekker and Trailblazer levels, receive free admission to Fall Into The Thread; however, please note that your must redeem your free admission in advance online or by calling (704) 376-2556 x215.  Current Hiker level Trailheads can purchase any admission choice which will extend your membership (and possibly increase your membership level if you choose) from the latest date for another year.

If your membership has lapsed, then choose your new annual membership level.

Trekker Level Trailheads – 1 free admission
Trailblazer Level Trailheads – 2 free admissions

Unsure of your membership level or if your’s is current? View a list of all Trailheads members between January-August 2014.

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Trailheads is a grassroots affiliate group who support the development of the Carolina Thread Trail in this region. The trail network will link 2.3 million people in 15 counties throughout North and South Carolina via greenways, natural surface trails and blueways (rivers). Trailheads enjoy the trails, volunteer and advocate for the health of this region through outdoor recreation, natural spaces and connection to nature. Through the enthusiasm of its members, Trailheads is an integral part of Thread Trail’s future. Learn more about Trailheads. 


Trail Masters Chat Forum

The below forums are to ONLY be accessed and used by Carolina Thread Trail Trail Masters. Please choose the forum for your Trail Master Team that applies to you.

This forum is to allow Trail Masters of each team the ability to discuss trail monitoring, maintenance issues, possible TM led volunteer workdays, etc…for trails in your team’s footprint. You may create different topics under each forum. Please subscribe to individual topic threads to receive updates via email.

If you have any questions on how to use this forum option, please contact Vanessa Gorr at vanessa@carolinathreadtrail or call 704-376-2556 x215.

Team East Chat Forum

Team North Chat Forum

Team South Chat Forum

Trail Forum VII Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunity – Don’t Delete


Is your company or organizaSONY DSCtion interested in being  a part of this year’s Seventh Annual Trail Forum? You can support the Carolina Thread Trail in two ways – join us as an event sponsor or event exhibitor!




Forum sponsors are given recognition of their support in multiple ways and exposed to a regional audience. The sponsor levels are as follows:

$5,000 – Platinum Sponsor

$3,000 – Gold Sponsor

$1,500 – Silver Sponsor

$500 – Bronze Sponsor

$250 – Partner Sponsor


Forum exhibitors are all5th Annual Trail Forumocated a table at the Charles Mack Citizen Center to engage and network with forum attendees. This event is a prime opportunity for direct exposure to a trail audience. The cost to be an event exhibitor is $300.

For details on sponsor and exhibitor benefits, please click here.

Ready to be a sponsor or exhibitor? Register today!

R.Y. McAden Canoe and Kayak Launch Now Open

Spencer Mountain River Access Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Spencer Mountain River Access Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Photo by Nancy Pierce

R.Y. McAden Canoe and Kayak Launch
119 Willow Drive
McAdenville, NC 28101

The newly constructed R.Y. McAden Canoe and Kayak  Launch along the South Fork Catawba River officially opened to the public on Friday, July 11. The launch is one of five access points for paddle recreation on the South Fork Catawba River in Gaston County. The 8.4-mile South Fork River Blueway starts at Spencer Mountain and continues downriver to the Town of Cramerton.

The river is home to a variety of wildlife, including great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles and deer. Paddlers along this stretch of the South Fork will experience some of the most ecologically diverse lands in the region. Learn more.

Funding for the launch was generously provided by the W. Duke Kimbrell Family Foundation, Pamela K. Warlick Fund, McAdenville Women’s Club and Community Foundation of Gaston County. The land for the access area was made available by Pharr Yarns, LLC.

Trailheads and Greenway Gals Hike

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Crowder's PinnacleTake a hike! Join your fellow trail enthusiasts on a 8.2 mile hike on Thread Trail. Your hike along the Ridgeline Trail, a segment of Thread Trail, will include views from Crowders Pinnacle and beautiful Piedmont hardwood forests along the Ridgeline Trail. The full 14 miles Ridgeline Trail connects Crowders Mountain State Park in North Carolina to Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina.

Event Details

  • Saturday, September 20
  • 8 a.m.: Meet at the Crowders Mtn. Visitors Center
  • 8:30 a.m.: Welcome and start hike
  • Break 1: 15 minutes at Crowders Pinnacle
  • Break 2: 20 minutes on Ridgeline Trail
  • 12:30/1 p.m.: Finish hike at Boulder’s Access. Shuttle back to Crowders Mountain Visitors Center.

*There will be a representative from Kings Mountain National Military Park to share information about the State and National Park along with their new Hiking Club.

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  • You must be a member of Trailheads or Greenway Gals to register,
    • Each member may bring up to two guests each.
  • The max participant capacity is 20 hikers
  • You must be at least 13 years of age to hike, however experience and ability to hike long distances is more important than age.
    • Those under 17, must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This is a strenuous hike. It is recommenced that only experienced hikers attend.
  • You must carry your own water, snacks and “lunch”.
    • Once the hike starts, there will be no access to water until we end the hike. We recommend bringing 2 to 3 liters of water.
  • We recommend hiking boots, trail runners or other types of appropriate shoes.
  • We recommend wearing appropriate hiking clothes and bring layers including a rain coat if there is a chance of rainfall.

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What will be Provided

  • Orientation to the day’s hike.
  • Snacks to take at our meeting location.
  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the Thread Trail, local flora and fauna.
  • Shuttle back to Crowders Mountain Visitors Center.

Questions? Email Outreach Coordinator Vanessa at or call 704-376-2556 x215.



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More information about the Ridgeline Trail

Registration Form – Trailheads and Greenway Gals Hike

Rowan County Communities Start the Planning Process for The Thread

Marking the Thread eventRowan County Communities’ Carolina Thread Trail Planning Process Kicks Off with Public Open House Sessions and Online Survey

The Rowan County Communities Carolina Thread Trail Steering Committee is beginning to develop a master plan for greenways and blueways throughout the county. This plan will guide the development of greenway and blueway trails that may be used for walking, hiking, biking, paddling and horseback riding. These trails will serve as the county’s segments of the Carolina Thread Trail.

Please join us to learn about the Carolina Thread Trail and share your input on the location of greenway and blueway trails within the communities of Rowan County and. The sessions will take place on the following dates and will be drop-in style. The same information will be provided at each public open house.


Tuesday, January 14th: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Saleeby-Fisher YMCA – 790 Crescent Road, Rockwell, NC


Thursday, NC January 16th: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Research Campus (Old Cabarrus Bank Building) – 201 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC


Tuesday, January 21st : 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

NC Transportation Museum Exhibit Hall (Building C) – 411 S. Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, NC


Thursday, January 23rd from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Cleveland Town Hall – 302 East Main Street, Cleveland, NC


If you are unable to attend one of the public open house meetings, please provide us your input online! Click here to complete the online survey. >>



New Group Connects Women to The Thread!

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greenway gals 0Do you want to be a part of a wonderful community project that’s connecting people to people, neighborhood to neighborhood and North Carolina to South Carolina while helping to make our region a leader in conservation and outdoor recreation? If so, the Greenways Gals are looking for you!

The Greenway Gals is a group of women who will get together to hike and kayak several times a year along the Carolina Tgreenway gals 1hread Trail (The Thread)! It will be a fun way to experience the outdoors as well as support the mission of The Thread – an extremely exciting project that is going to improve our community and region with a permanent system of trails, greenways and blueways that will link 15 counties and 2 states!

The membership fee is $250 per person. Greenway Gals believe in investing in The Thread to keep our greenway gals 2region healthy by encouraging physical activity and exploring nature through walking, hiking and kayaking. Click the donate button below to become a Greenway Gals member!