Cabarrus County, NC

Trail Spotlight: Pharr Family Preserve

Most days of the week,Tracy Olsen and her giant Schnauzer, Simon, can be found running on the Pharr Family Preserve Trail in Midland, NC. The 1.8-mile Thread Trail winds through a forested preserve and follows the banks of the Rocky River, a serene space for exercise and exploration.

Tracy enjoys using this natural surface trail because the dirt is easier on her joints than pavement and it adds variety to her run.

“Running through the woods seems much more like an adventure than exercise,” says Tracey.  Plus, the trail reminds Tracy of her childhood; the wooded path brings back memories of riding her pony through the woods. While horseback riding is not allowed at this particular location, many other activities- including biking, paddling, and, of course, running- are more than welcome!

The Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail is a natural surface trail that takes visitors through restored oak-savanna, farmland and along Adams Creek.

In Mt. Pleasant along the Buffalo Creek Trail, experience a native landscape that is quickly disappearing – the rare Piedmont oak savanna. The 2.1-mile natural surface and gravel trail also winds through farmland and follows Adams Creek, with scenery that is sure to please everyone.

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Or consider a visit to one section of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway in Concord.  Signs with information about local ecology and wildlife dot this 1.5-mile paved path that also includes an observational deck overlooking a pond.

Cabarrus County is home to more than seven segments of the Thread Trail, offering rural adventure or urban pleasures. View a complete list of the Thread Trails in Cabarrus County.

See Thread Trail Master Plan for Cabarrus County

See Thread Trail Map for Cabarrus County


Destinations that could be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail:

Concord Mills Mall concord-mills-07

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

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

Charlotte Motor Speedwayduring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 30, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina.

Charlotte Motor Speedway was designed and built in 1959 by current chairman O. Bruton Smith 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 road course and a karting layout in the speedway’s infield, an asphalt oval utilizing part of the speedway’s front stretch and pit road; and an oval located outside turn three of the super speedway.

5555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC 28027

NC Research Campus N.C._Research_Campus_aerial_image

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.


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 Gold Mine have been restored for guided tours and the mine contains a visitor center, film, picnic area and trails that wind through the historic mining area.

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

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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, Union County and Anson County. This river is known for its flatwater paddling and scenic beauty and has great opportunities for trails and access points.

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