2015 Trail Master Online Application

2015 Trail Master Application

Catawba Corps and Trailheads Paddle June 13

Rocky River Blueway
Saturday, June 13 | 9-11:30 a.m.
9111 Mount Pleasant Road South
Midland, N.C.

Members of Catawba Corps and Trailheads at the Trailblazer level are invited to a 4.5-mile guided paddle along the Rocky River Blueway. The paddle will start at CLC’s Pharr Family Preserve and end 4.5 miles downriver at Riverbend Farm.

Space is limited; advance registration required.

Become a member of Catawba Corps or Trailheads today and join us for this members-only excursion!

Rocky River Blueway

Rocky-River-volunteers_010-(2)On this stretch of the Rocky River Blueway, experience a Piedmont floodplain forest habitat. Over 50 species of birds call this area home including some imperiled species.

Paddlers may also hear the calls of the Cope’s gray tree frogs, cricket frogs, spring peepers and upland chorus frogs or see over 10 species of butterflies like the Carolina satyr. The shoreline is trimmed with numerous floodplain trees, including bitternut hickory, cottonwood, swamp chestnut oak and black walnut.

Photo: Rocky River Blueway in Midland, N.C. Photo by Nancy Pierce


Sorry, this event is closed. We hope you can join us for our next outing!

Trailheads Member Hike

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Long Creek Trail
Thursday, May 14 | 5:30-6:45 p.m.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214

Long Creek Trail croppedEnjoy a spring evening on the Thread Trail at Long Creek Trail in Charlotte. This guided nature hike is open to Trekker and Trailblazer level Trailheads. Members are welcome to bring one guest on this hour long hike along the 2 mile natural surface trail that connects to the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Sean Bloom, Catawba Lands Conservancy’s botanist will highlight the flora and fauna that can be seen on this trail. Water and snacks will be provided. Please meet at 5:30 p.m. as the hike will promptly start at 5:45 p.m. and wrap up at 6:45 p.m. You will receive an event reminder the week of the hike.


There are limited spots for this event so please RSVP early!

Not a Trailheads member, become one today! Learn more.

Questions about the event or your membership level? Contact Vanessa Gorr, Outreach Coordinator, at vanessa@carolinathreadtrail.org or 704-376-2556 x215.



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

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.


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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 vanessa@carolinathreadtrail.org or call 704-376-2556 x215.



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More information about the Ridgeline Trail

Registration Form – Trailheads and Greenway Gals Hike

Registration Form for Trailheads & Greenway Gals Hike - Ridgeline Trail

Please complete the following form to register for the Ridgeline Trail Hike on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Trailheads and Greenway Gal members are each allowed to bring up to 2 guests on this hike. EACH MEMBER OF TRAILHEADS OR GREENWAY GALS MUST REGISTER INDIVIDUALLY.