Native Wildflower Hike

Thursday, May 25 | 6:00-8:00 pm  
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Gastonia, NC 28056
All Ages Welcome | No Dogs Please

Join us for a lovely walk in the woods within Redlair Farm and Forest.  This exemplar property is a NC Natural Heritage site and only open with express permission from the Plant Conservation Program.  Don’t miss out on this beautiful hike!

After a brief introduction, we will enjoy a 2 hour, nature walk through a portion of Redlair. Follow long-time Redlair steward, Haywood Rankin as we wander through Redlair, part of over 1100 acres of protected property. The trail takes us through beautiful hardwood forest, under patches of Bigleaf Magnolia, within patches of Mountain Laurel, and beside creeks leading to the South Fork Catawba River.

Walk with us through this CLC showpiece and reconnect with nature!


DSC_0089Requirements and 
Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is requested for this exclusive, member program. To register please fill out the form below.


DSC_0067What is Provided

Guide and staff will answer questions about exotic and native plants, preserved land, and ensure safety on the walk. Tissue and hand sanitizer will also be available upon request if “nature calls” on the trail. There are no restroom facilities on site.


DSC_0021What to Bring

  • Please carry a water bottle with you on the hike. Closed-toed shoes and long pants can help protect from thorns, sticks, or poison ivy that are found on the steep and sometimes slippery trail. In addition, wear clothes appropriate for walking outdoors and in the elements.

 

Native Wildflower Hike within Redlair Farm and Forest

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May 16 Wildflower Hike- 40 Acre Rock

Tuesday, May 16 | 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
40 Acre Rock
2550-2828 State Road S-29-27 Kershaw, SC
4 miles | Strenuous Nature Hike | Ages 10+

Join us as we hike this beautifully unique segment of the Carolina Thread Trail that weaves through the wonderful Forty Acre Rock Preserve.  Hear from South Carolina Master Naturalist John Ghent as he shows us some of the diverse and rare wild plants growing in unique vernal pools within this Heritage Preserve.  “This heritage preserve has over 17, rare, threatened or endangered species and communities, in 1984 this site was officially recognized as a National Natural Landmark.” One note, the vernal pools and plants within, are directly related to how much rainfall that we receive.  If the weather by chance is too dry we will see fewer wildflowers and spend more time exploring other natural features of the trail. The hike is mostly flat but also rocky and strenuous at times. Come out Tuesday morning and learn about this natural treasure within our community.  Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below. Photo

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna and share stories of community history

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera (if you have one)

Directions

Starting from the intersection of US 601 and SC 903 (about 7 miles north of Kershaw SC but the preserve is in Lancaster county), drive north on US 601 for about 1.5 miles. Take a left onto Nature Reserve Road. To reach the upper parking lot, drive north on Nature Reserve Road for 2.5 miles then take a left onto Conservancy Road. Follow Conservancy Road to the end. This parking area is closest to the actual rock.

May 16 Wildflower Hike within 40 Acre Rock

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December 2 Hike NC for your Health: Girl Scout, Hornet’s Nest Trail

Saturday, December 2 | 10 am–12:30 pm
Girl Scout, Hornet’s Nest Trail
1763 Turnersburg Highway
Statesville, NC 28625
4.2 miles | Moderate Exercise Hike | All Ages | Dog Friendly

Get some exercise on this group hike along the Carolina Thread Trail. This 2.2-mile natural surface trail weaves through a 358-acre preserve protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy. The trail also resides within the Girl Scouts’ Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs in Iredell County. This is a great beginner hike! This is an out-and-back, natural surface trail of easy difficulty.

This hike is in partnership with HIKE NC!, a program designed to introduce everyone, from beginners to experienced hikers, to outdoor exercise opportunities in their community. Each participant will be entered to win weekly prizes. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is 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
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks
    Registration Page to Come soon.

November 11 Hike NC for your Health: Mineral Springs

Saturday, November 11| 10 am–12:30 pm
Mineral Springs Greenway
6596-6620 McNeely Road
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Mineral Springs, NC
3.4 miles | Easy Exercise Hike | All Ages | Dog Friendly

Get some exercise on this group hike along the Carolina Thread Trail.
The Carolina Thread Trail portion of the Mineral Springs Greenway is the “Yellow Trail,” which is marked by wooden arrows and painted diamonds on trees. This trail segment is an out-and-back, natural surface trail and is suitable for hiking, running, and biking. This is a great beginner hike! This is an out-and-back, natural surface trail of easy difficulty.

This hike is in partnership with HIKE NC!, a program designed to introduce everyone, from beginners to experienced hikers, to outdoor exercise opportunities in their community. Each participant will be entered to win weekly prizes. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is 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
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks
    Registration Page to Come soon.

October 7 Hike NC for your Health: South Fork Trail

Saturday, October 7 | 10 am–12:30 pm
South Fork Trail
149 Willow Drive
McAdenville/Gastonia, NC 28101
4.0 miles | Moderate Exercise Hike | All Ages | Dog Friendly

Get some exercise on this group hike along the Carolina Thread Trail.
The South Fork Trail is a natural surface trail running along the bank of the South Fork of the Catawba River and connecting the quaint towns of McAdenville and Lowell. The 2-mile trail is suitable for hiking and biking. The trailhead is also adjacent to the R.Y. McAden River Access.This is a great beginner hike! This is an out-and-back, natural surface trail of moderate difficulty.

This hike is in partnership with HIKE NC!, a program designed to introduce everyone, from beginners to experienced hikers, to outdoor exercise opportunities in their community. Each participant will be entered to win weekly prizes. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is 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
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks
    Registration Page to Come soon.

September 9 Hike NC for your Health: Pharr Family Preserve Trail

Saturday, September 9 | 10 am–12:30 pm
Pharr Family Preserve Trail
9111 Mount Pleasant Road South
Midland, NC 28107
3.4 miles | Easy Exercise Hike | All Ages | Dog Friendly

Get some exercise on this group hike along the Carolina Thread Trail. The Pharr Family Preserve Trail features a 1.7-mile, out-and-back walking and biking trail located on 66 acres of land preserved by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The Pharr Family Preserve Trail offers a unique place to meander through a protected alluvial forest along the scenic Rocky River. Hikers will appreciate the rich diversity of this thick forest which contains at least 48 different species of trees. Sycamores, black walnuts, cottonwoods and bitternut hickories constitute the majority of the canopy. This forest is also home to a wide array of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Look and listen for the pileated wood pecker which is our largest wood pecker in the Carolinas and is dependent on large, mature trees for its survival.The Pharr Family Preserve also includes a launch for canoes and kayaks to enter the Rocky River. This is a great beginner hike! This is an out-and-back, natural surface trail of easy difficulty.

This hike is in partnership with HIKE NC!, a program designed to introduce everyone, from beginners to experienced hikers, to outdoor exercise opportunities in their community. Each participant will be entered to win weekly prizes. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is 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
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks
    Registration Page to Come soon.

August 26 Hike NC for your Health: First Broad River Trail

Saturday, August 26 | 10 am–12:30 pm
First Broad River Trail
940 West Grover Street, Shelby, NC 28150
4.4 miles | Easy Exercise Hike | All Ages | Dog Friendly

Get some exercise on this group hike along the Carolina Thread Trail. The First Broad River Trail is a natural surface trail that follows the First Broad River. This 2.2-mile trail which runs under a historic wooden railroad trestle and over the First Broad River via a 120-foot-long suspension bridge. This is a great beginner hike! This is an out-and-back, natural surface trail of easy difficulty.

This hike is in partnership with HIKE NC!, a program designed to introduce everyone, from beginners to experienced hikers, to outdoor exercise opportunities in their community. Each participant will be entered to win weekly prizes. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is 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
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks
    Registration Page to Come soon.

July 15 Hike NC for your Health: Falcon Trail

Saturday, July 15 | 10 am–1 pm
Falcon Trail
Richfield Park Road and HWY 49
Richfield, NC 28137
5.4 miles | Moderate Exercise Hike | All Ages | Dog Friendly

Get some exercise on this group hike along the Carolina Thread Trail. The Falcon Trail connects Misenheimer at Pfeiffer University and Richfield at Richfield Park in North Carolina. The 2.7-mile trail is mostly wooded and canopied; it is open to hikers, walkers and bicyclists. This is a great exercise hike! This is an out-and-back, natural surface trail of moderate difficulty.

This hike is in partnership with HIKE NC!, a program designed to introduce everyone, from beginners to experienced hikers, to outdoor exercise opportunities in their community. Each participant will be entered to win weekly prizes. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is 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
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks
    Registration Page to Come soon.

June 17 Hike NC for your Health: Murray’s Mill Trail

Saturday, June 17 | 10 am–12 pm
Murray’s Mill Trail
1489 Murrays Mill Road
Catawba, NC 28609
2.8 miles | Easy Exercise Hike | All Ages | Dog Friendly

Get some exercise on this group hike along the Carolina Thread Trail.

The Murray’s Mill Trail is a natural surface trail running along a farm on the south side of Murray’s Mill and follows Balls Creek to the north of Murray’s Mill Road.  The historical mill can be viewed from the trail head.  “Preserved intact are the 1913 mill itself, the 1890s Murray & Minges General Store, the 1880s Wheathouse, used as an exhibit gallery, the 1913 John Murray House, furnished to the period, and numerous outbuildings. Run by three generations of the Murray Family, who abandoned operations in 1967, the picturesque structures and surrounding land form the last milling complex in the county, meticulously preserved and interpreted by the Catawba County Historical Association since 1980 when restorations began, Governor James G. Martin attending the opening ceremony in 1988.” More history can be found at the Historical Association of Catawba County website. This is the perfect beginner hike! This is an out-and-back, natural surface trail of easy difficulty.

This hike is in partnership with HIKE NC!, a program designed to introduce everyone, from beginners to experienced hikers, to outdoor exercise opportunities in their community. Each participant will be entered to win weekly prizes. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is 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
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks
    Registration Page to Come soon.

May 7 Volunteer Kayak Clean-up!

Sunday, May 7 | 2-4 pmCRF logo
Tailrace Marina 

1000 Marina Village Drive
Mt Holly, NC 28120
Moderate Paddle, Gear Provided | Ages 10+

Help clean-up our fleet of kayaks used for kids educational activities and community programs!  Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation partners with Carolina Thread Trail to provide free kayak programs for children and members of our community but they need your help.  Each winter this fleet of vessels is beached, waiting patiently for warmer weather to get folks out on the water. Carolina Thread Trail is looking for volunteers to help clean-up these kayaks and “test drive” them prior to the season starting.  Will you help us with this kayak clean-up?

All the tools necessary to scrub boats will be provided.  PFD’s and paddles will also be provided for the very necessary joyride/test drive after the fleet is clean.  Volunteer with us today so we can provide community access to the beautiful Catawba River Blueway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail!

FREE kayak rental, paddle, and life jacket, included with pre-registration. This volunteer workday is limited to 15 volunteers so sign up early to reserve your spot for this worthwhile and fun program/volunteer workday.

Requirements and Recommendations:

  • Volunteers must have or create a volunteer profile with us to register for the workday. You may create one by clicking the REGISTER button.
  • Volunteers must be comfortable kayaking by themselves though we will stay together during the joy ride!
  • Volunteers must be able to swim in deep water and moving current.
  • Volunteers must wear PFD provided if taking the boats for a joy ride.
  • Please wear clothes and shoes that you are comfortable getting wet.

This paddle is in partnership with Catawba Lands Conservancy and Catawba Riverkeeper. This workday will help provide opportunities to connect everyone from beginners to experienced paddlers to resources in their community.

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