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Save The Date: Fall Into The Thread on Oct. 10


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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


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.

*Not sure what appropriate clothing or footwear includes? Visit Jesse Brown’s Outdoors, our Founding Corporate Partner of Trailheads for advice!JesseBrownsOvalVECTORLogo_edited-1 PNG

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. >>



2013 Volunteer of The Year: Trail Master Tom Watson


SONY DSCTom Watson has volunteered more than 100 service hours to The Thread. From picking up several loads of trash at Seven Oaks Preserve Trail, hosting information tables at community events, working as a Trail Master leader, helping to build an 80 foot suspension bridge, clearing invasive plants along trails, and maintaining many natural surface trails, Tom Watson has been invaluable to our efforts this year.IMG_1467

Not only does Tom help lead groups of volunteers on the trail by showing them what to do, but provides detail about why it’s important which further connects volunteers and supporters to The Thread and nature. Tom also volunteered this year with our lead agency, Catawba Lands Conservancy, to help monitor properties, clear invasive plants and participated in other stewardship duties.

IMG_2131As a result of all of his hard work and dedication, Tom been named The Thread’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year!  He received the award at the 6th Annual Trail Forum on Dec. 5. Congratulations and thank you, Tom!


Seven Oaks Preserve Trail is Now Open in Gaston County

Seven Oaks Preserve ribbon cutting, part of the Carolina Thread TrailA beautiful new 2.8-mile segment of The Carolina Thread Trail is now open at the Seven Oaks Preserve near the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden at 6900 S. New Hope Road in Belmont, NC.

This new natural surface trail will directly benefit community residents in Belmont and Lake Wylie, but is open to the general public to enjoy and explore.

The Seven Oaks Preserve, a 77-acre permanently protected area conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy and is adjacent to Lake Wylie in Gaston County and the new waterfront trail connects to The Garden’s Persimmon Trail. The Seven Oaks Preserve Trail weaves through the preserve’s wooded area that serves as an important wildlife corridor and provides water quality protection for Lake Wylie.Seven Oaks Preserve ribbon cutting, part of the Carolina Thread Trail

Funding to purchase and conserve the Seven Oaks Preserve, and construct the trail and trail amenities was generously provided by the Seven Oaks Farm, LLC., Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Foundation, Pam Warlick Foundation, W. Duke Kimbrell Family Foundation, North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and the Recreational Trails Program (an initiative of North Carolina State Parks). Photos courtesy of Nancy Pierce Photography.

Find This Trail:
Seven Oaks Preserve ribbon cutting, part of the Carolina Thread TrailThe Seven Oaks Preserve Trail’s trailhead and parking lot is located at 6900 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, NC 28012 (located south of The Garden).

Community Support:

  • There has been tremendous community support and great participation from local companies to help advance this new trail. Construction launched this summer with donated materials and labor by Rodgers Builders, Inc. for three pedestrian bridges for the trail. Eighty Rodgers’ employees volunteered 725 hours over four work days, and created the foundations and built the bridges this summer as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary, saving The Thread approximately $26,000 in construction material costs (not including labor).


  • The Garden, Premiere Healthcare, Bank of America and Duke Energy all provided employees for various trail-building workdays that culminated in a total of 285 volunteer hours. In mid-November, the City of Belmont donated a dump truck and recycling services for an effort which volunteers and staff cleared three quarters of a ton of trash and debris, including 32 tires and thousands of plastic bottles, from the preserve and trail. To help rid the preserve and trail corridor of kudzu, Gregg Antemann and Carolina Wetland Services loaned CLC a bush hog, a type of rotary mower, for three days which saved $800 in stewardship costs. The Garden and Anteman also volunteered technical support and assistance on how to effectively reduce and kill kudzu on other parts the preserve.


  • Over the last two years, the Duke Energy Habitat Enhancement Program provided $26,000 in grants to help CLC eradicate kudzu from the preserve and trail. In 2012, grant money paid for goats to remove kudzu from 10 acres of the preserve and this year CLC purchased equipment and seeds to increase effectiveness against the kudzu and reestablish native grasses and wildflowers.


  • This new trail is one of 14 trail segments, totaling 21.3 miles, currently opened to the public in Gaston County that are part of The Thread. This new trail adds 2.8 miles to the network, bringing to 137 the total number of Carolina Thread Trail miles open to the public across the region.


  • Trails are vegetated natural buffers that help improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat, recreation, transportation, conservation, fitness and economic benefits for all to enjoy. Access to trails and greenways is no longer a luxury, but a necessary amenity for all communities to ensure our community health, wellness and sustainability. Across the country, examples demonstrate that trails attract families, businesses and visitors, spurring economic development and increasing the quality of life in communities. According to a study by the National Association of Homebuilders, trails and greenways are the number one amenity desired by potential homeowners when considering moving into a new community.