Cabarrus County, NC

Cabarrus County Trail Descriptions:

Bakers Creek Greenway

Harold B. McEachern Greenway


Click below to view the adopted Carolina Thread Trail Master Plan for Cabarrus County. If you have any questions, please contact Travis Morehead, Community Coordinator for Cabarrus County at

Adopted Plan

Cabarrus County Steering Committee

Destinations that could be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail:

Concord Mills Mall

Concord Mills Mall is a 1.4 million square foot shopping mall located in Concord, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. The mall is in Cabarrus County, just a few hundred feet from the Mecklenburg County border, and about 25 miles from downtown Charlotte. It is operated by the Mills Corporation and is the third largest shopping mall in North Carolina, the largest being Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, and second largest being Charlotte’s SouthPark Mall. It is North Carolina’s largest tourist attraction, attracting over 15 million visitors a year. The mall is located about a mile from Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 979-3000

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built in 1959 by current chairman O. Bruton Smith. The late Curtis Turner, one of stock car racing’s earliest driving stars, was Smith’s business partner. Together, they built their dream of a 1.5-mile super speedway on the outskirts of the Queen City and, on June 19, 1960, the first World 600 was run at the new facility. In addition to the 1.5-mile quad oval, the Speedway complex includes a 2.25-mile road course and a six-tenths-mile karting layout in the speedway’s infield; a quarter-mile asphalt oval utilizing part of the speedway’s front stretch and pit road; and a one-fifth-mile oval located outside turn three of the super speedway.

5555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC 28027

NC Research Campus

The NC Research Campus, based in Kannapolis, is a joint venture between Dole Foods, Duke University and the University of North Carolina system. Built on the site of a former textile mill, this campus-like redevelopment forges a bold new path for the City of Kannapolis.

The major components of the campus include the Dole-NC State Institute for Advanced Fruit and Vegetable Science; the UNC Center for Excellence in Nutrition; a science boarding school for girls directed by UNC Charlotte; a state-of-the-art Dole Analytical Laboratory; a fermentation facility; and an incubator for start-up firms. Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) will also establish a major presence within the development. Duke University will also locate its Institute for Translational Medicine to the NC Research Campus.

Reed Gold Mine

Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. Portions of the underground tunnels at the Reed mine have been restored for guided tours. A visitor center contains exhibits of gold and historical mining equipment. An orientation film highlights the first gold discovery, and tours of a restored ore-crushing stamp mill are offered. A picnic area is available, and trails wind through the historic mining area.

9621 Reed Mine Road
Midland, NC 28107
Phone: (704) 721-GOLD (4653)

Rocky River

Rocky River starts in Iredell County near Mooresville, North Carolina, flows south into Cabarrus County, then continues southeastward to form the line between Stanly County, North Carolina; Union County, North Carolina; and Anson County, North Carolina. This river is known for its whitewater rafting and scenic beauty and has great opportunities for trails and access points.

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