Cleveland County, NC

Trail Spotlight: Broad River Greenway

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Broad River Greenway  is a 4-mile trail that runs through 1,500 acres of preserved land along the Broad River, and connects with over 20 miles of additional trail. Horseback riding is allowed on this multi-use trail, which also contains education displays, a fishing pier, playground and picnic areas. The Broad River Greenway is also an ideal place for nature lovers to view regional flora and fauna. Patient visitors may see ospery, blue herons, flying squirrels, mink, wild azaelea and Jack-in-the-pulpit, to name a few.

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Once completed, the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail, will connect the City of Kings Mountain to Crowders Mountain State Park. The 5-mile trail offers amenities to mountain bikers and hikers, including a butterfly garden, an interpretive nature trail, workout stations and scenic overlooks.


The Ridgeline Trail epitomizes the mission of the Carolina Thread Trail – to connect people across state and county lines. This 8.7-mile trail runs through North and South Carolina and four counties, linking Crowders Mountain State Park with Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park.  Varied landscapes make up the Ridgeline Trail, ranging from craggy overlooks to hardwood forests. Take advantage of camping sites along the trail to hike the Ridgeline Trail in its entirety.

View a complete list of open Thread Trails in Cleveland County.

See Master Plan for Cleveland County

See Master Plan Map for Cleveland County



Destinations that could be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail


Boulder Access, Crowders Mountain State Parkevent_134158022

High atop Crowders Mountain, the second highest point in Cleveland County, is home to one of the only bouldering sites in the area, Buzzard’s Roost. All climbing regulations, including the requirement of a permit, are in effect, and some sections of Buzzard’s Roost may be closed to bouldering at certain times of the year. Check with park staff for more information. There is no fee for this permit.

108 VanDyke Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
(704) 853-5375

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Broad River Greenway is located 3.3 miles south of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, on Highway 150. It has approximately 1500 acres located on both sides of the Broad River. The greenway is home to many activities, including fishing, hiking, paddling and tours of the historic nineteenth-century restored Phifer Cabin.

145 S. Main Street
Boiling Springs, NC 28151
(704) 434-2357

Gardner-Webb Universitygardner-webb_copy

The institution began as a boarding high school and later became a junior college. Today Gardner-Webb is a thriving regional university with growing master’s and doctoral programs.


110 South Main Street
Boiling Springs, NC 28152
(800) 253-6472

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Moss Lake was established in 1974 as a water reservoir for the City of Kings Mountain. Today it also serves as an active recreational destination for area boaters and fishers, with the lake stocked with bass and crappie. Swimming is not allowed but there are numerous campgrounds and picnic areas. Moss Lake hosts several fishing tournaments and the “Over the Mountain” Triathlon.

 2621 Oak Grove Road
Shelby, NC, 28150
(704) 482-7926

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Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature.
The park includes elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 40 miles of trails. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, a number of activities are available at South Mountains State Park.

3001 South Mountains State Park Avenue
Connelly Springs, NC 28612
(828) 433-4772