Lincoln County, NC

Trail Spotlight: Forney Creek Trail

Get outside and mix up your exercise routine by exploring the Forney Creek Trail in Denver, NC, across from Sally’s YMCA. The trail is made up of two sections—the Catawba Springs Preserve Segment and Kathryn G. Clark Segment—for a total of 2.4 miles.

The path wanders through old-growth woods, along a creek and past a large pond; the trail is a quiet respite from everyday life. Walk over bridges shaded by a canopy of oak trees and look out for chipmunks and other critters scurrying in the underbrush. This natural surface trail is perfect for a relaxing walk or an invigorating run.

South Fork Rail Trail

For a peaceful hike, head over to the South Fork Rail Trail and take in views of the picturesque dam, historic Laboratory Mill and surrounding wetlands as you wander the banks of the South Fork River.

Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail

If you’re more interested in an urban trek, visit the paved Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail, and explore historic downtown Lincolnton. There are several trail segments in the town, totaling over five miles.

View a complete list of open Thread Trails in Lincoln County

See Master Plan for Lincoln County

See Master Plan Map for Lincoln County


Destinations that will be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail

Historic Lincolnton

Historic Lincolnton

Lincolnton is the second oldest incorporated city in North Carolina west of the Catawba River. Its tree-lined streets, particularly West Main Street and South Aspen Street, boast of a number of historic homes constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries.



Lake Normancove in the fall

Lake Norman is home to Lake Norman State Park, which covers 13 miles of the shoreline and features its own 33-acre lake where fishing and boating are enjoyed. And with hiking trails, picnic areas, interpretive programs and campgrounds, there’s more to Lake Norman State Park than merely water.

159 Inland Sea Lane
Troutman, NC 28166
(704) 528-6350

You can also get access to Lake Norman at Beatty Ford Park, which also includes features such as a disc golf course, playground and water park, and volleyball courts.

8335 Shiply Lane
Denver, NC 28037
(704) 748-1518

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.