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

Biking on Trail


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


Trail Open
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!

Friday, Oct 30 | 2:00 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.

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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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Jesse Brown’s Outdoors

Mountain Khakis


Blue Ridge Trail Works, Inc.

Custom McSpadden Homes

Design Center of the Carolinas

Walton Development


Try Sports


U.S. National Whitewater Center

Natural Resource Group

Kimley-Horn and Associates


Arborguard Tree Specialists

Benchmark Trails Inc.


Trail Design Specialists

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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

Belk Volunteer Workday


Enjoy the outdoors while working on the Carolina Thread Trail with your friends at Belk and Columbia Sportswear! This community volunteer workday presented by Belk and Columbia will be hosted on 2.8 miles of Thread Trail which connects to the trails at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden making for an enjoyable 5-mile loop trail along the shoreline of Lake Wylie.

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Seven Oaks Preserve Trail
Meet at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012

Register on VolunteerMatch now!


Event Details

Volunteers will be led by Carolina Thread Trail staff as we trim back vegetation overgrowth, remove debris from the preserve and eradicate invasive plant species.

  • Project direction, tools, water, Gatorade, snacks and lunch will be provided.
  • Volunteers must be 15 years of age, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes to participate and are encouraged to wear long pants and bring a water bottle, day pack and work gloves. Additional work gloves will be available to borrow.

All registered volunteers will receive an event details email the week of the event and a reminder one day before that will include a Volunteer Waiver to sign before the event . Waivers will also be available the day of the event. Advance registration on VolunteerMatch is encouraged.

Register on VolunteerMatch now!


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Fall into the Thread


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6-8:30 pm
Jesse Brown’s Outdoors
4732 Sharon Road, Charlotte

Join your fellow trail enthusiasts to celebrate the cooler and colorful outdoor season for hiking, biking and paddling! The evening features live music, local beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and sponsor gifts. Plus, meet special guest Jennifer Pharr Davis, the female Appalachian Trail supported thru-hike record holder! The evening’s host, Jesse Brown’s, is a local outdoor retailer and Trailheads Founding Corporate Partner.


  • Annual Trailheads Membership and T-shirt
  • $10 gift card to Jesse Brown’s
  • Local beer by Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
  • Wine and hors d’oeuvers from Whole Foods Market
  • Live bluegrass music
  • Jennifer Pharr Davis presentation “The Extra Mile – Exploring the Limits of Endurance”

Advance registration is requested for all attendees. Purchase your admission online or call (704) 376-2556 x215.

$25 – 1 admission & Hiker Trailheads Membership
$50 – 2 admissions & Trekker Trailheads Membership
$100 – 4 admissions & Trailblazer Trailheads Membership
FREE – Current Trekker and Trailblazer Trailheads Members; Registration required (see below).

Pre-sale admission is closed. Please purchase your ticket at the door tonight! Doors open at 6 pm.

Current members at the Trekker-level ($50) and up must register in advance online or call (704) 376-2556 x215.

Trekker Trailheads – 2 free admissions
Trailblazer Trailheads – 4 free admissions
Greenway Gals – 4 free admissions

Current Hiker level Trailheads can purchase any admission choice which will extend your membership an additional year.

Unsure of your membership level or if yours is current? View a list of all active 2015 Trailheads members as of August.



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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. 

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2015 Trail Master Application

2015 Trail Master Application