Gaston County, NC

Trail Spotlight: Seven Oaks Preserve Trail

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Don’t miss out on one of our most popular trails! The Seven Oaks Preserve Trail, located on land protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy, is the longest continuous trail on Lake Wylie. As you walk or ride along the 2.8-mile trail, keep your eye out for unique species such as the pileated woodpecker and bald eagle. The trail and preserve are currently undergoing reclamation through activities like tree plantings to make the area even more attractive for native plants and animals.  Seven Oaks Preserve Trail also connects with additional trails at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, so stop by after your hike to learn more about native and exotic botany.


It’s easy to stay entertained at the Goat Island Park and Greenway in Cramerton, NC. In addition to the ADA accessible greenway, this unique park has an 18 hole disc golf course, natural playground, observation deck and more, all on an island in the middle of the South Fork Catawba River.

Blue Heron South Fork River

If you’re looking for a place to paddle, the South Fork Blueway features four launch sites spanning 8.4 miles of the river. The South Fork merges with the Catawba River at Lake Wylie near the South Carolina border and the calm headwaters are ideal for a relaxing boat trip . This stretch of water offers miles of natural landscapes and it is home to diverse wildlife, including blue herons  and bald eagles.

View a complete list of open Thread Trails in Gaston County

See the Master Plan for Gaston County

See the Master Plan Map for Gaston County


Destinations that will be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail:

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Founded in 1876, Belmont Abbey College is located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC. Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal-arts Catholic college. It  is sponsored by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey monastery.


100 Belmont Mount Holly Road
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-6700

Crowders Mountain State Park9664556951_e8e5ac66c8_o

Crowders Mountain State Park is a North Carolina State Park located in the western Piedmont of North Carolina, covering over 5,000 acres. Crowder’s Mountain abruptly rises nearly 800 feet above the surrounding terrain and has an elevation of 1,625 feet (495 meters) above sea level. Within the park there are numerous outdoor recreation activities, including hiking on many of its internal trails.

522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
(704) 853-5375

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Fountain,_Daniel_Stowe_Botanical_Garden,_North_Carolina

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a 450-acre botanical garden located in Belmont, NC next to Seven Oaks Preserve Trail. Part nature preserve, part showcase for Southern horticulture, the Garden contains a Visitor Pavilion and gift shop, more than 110 acres of themed gardens, a dozen fountains and a grassy outdoor amphitheater for concerts and other events. Open 7 days/week. Group rates are available.

6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 825-4490

Mountain Island Educational State Forest

The Mountain Island Educational State Forest will feature classes and exhibits designed to educate schoolchildren, forestry professionals and the general public about the importance of North Carolina’s Forest health.