May 24 – Beginner Trail Run at Twelve Mile Creek (Waxhaw, NC)

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Thursday, May 24 | 6-7 pmIMG_20180110_164543474
Twelve Mile Creek Trail
1304 H.C. Nesbit Park Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173 MAP
2.5 miles | Moderate difficulty | Ages 10+ | No dogs please
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Looking for a new place to run? How about the Thread Trail! Join us on this beginner 2.5- to 3-mile trailIMG_20180110_164719552_HDR run led by Caitlin, Carolina Thread Trails’s Davidson Impact Fellow. This will be a good introduction to trail running so if you’ve always wanted to try it, this is your opportunity.

Twelve Mile Creek Trail is a segment of the Carolina Thread Trail that serves as a community connection between neighborhoods in North and South Carolina. This trail also includes one of the longest suspension bridges in the Thread Trail system.

This trail run is offered for FREE by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and Carolina Thread Trail (CTT).

What is provided?

  • A Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Safety gear, first aid

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Comfortable running shoes

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE fitness trail run! 

May 24 - Beginner Trail Run at Twelve Mile Creek Greenway (Waxhaw, NC)
  • * More than 6 people? Please email sena@catawbalands.org to discuss planning a program for your group.

October 6 – Member Hike – Crowders Mountain Day Hike (Kings Mountain, NC)

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Saturday, October 6 | 8 am-1 pm14379770_1178966338828458_5294201705431860774_o
Crowders Mountain State Park
522 Park Office Ln, Gastonia, NC 28052 MAP
4.5 miles | Strenuous hike | Ages 15+
*Pre-registration is required for this member-only event. Please see form below.

Join us for a day hike Crowders Mountain State Park! This member exclusive, 4.5-mile hike will be led by our GIS Director and Staff Biologist, Sean Bloom. This will be a strenuous loop hike starting from Sparrow Springs Access area up to the Crowders Mountain summit and back down on the Crowders Trail Carolina Thread Trail segment. 

This is a strenuous hike with significant elevation changes. Be sure to pack lots of water and snacks to keep you going!

This hike is only available to members of Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and/or Carolina Thread Trail (CTT). Not a member? There’s still time! Become a CLC member or CTT member today.

What is provided?

  • CLC Staff Biologist
  • Safety gear, first aid

What should you bring?

  • TWO full water bottles
  • Hiking boots
  • Snacks a bag lunch
  • Camera
  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray

Use the form below to reserve your spot for this member-only hike! (Each member may bring 1 guest)

Not a member yet? Join Catawba Lands Conservancy or Carolina Thread Trail today.

Oct 6 - Crowders Mountain Day Hike (Kings Mountain, NC)

September 8 – Member Hike – Schweinitz’s Sunflower Conservation (Gastonia, NC)

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Cane Creek 2011 site visit extra (3)Saturday, September 8 | 9 am-12 pm
Redlair Preserve
144 Redlair Lane Gastonia, NC MAP
4+ miles | Moderate to strenuous hike | Ages 12+
*Pre-registration is required for this member-only event. Please see form below.

Become part of a hands-on conservation effort to save an endangered species!  The NC Native Plant Society is teaming up with Catawba Lands Conservancy to collect seeds from a population of federally endangered Schweinitz’s Sunflowers. This sunflower has been listed as federally endangered since 1991, and all known populations currently exist within 90 miles of Charlotte, NC. We will be visiting one of the few existing populations in the world to document and collect seeds that will be used to establish new populations of this endangered sunflower.

This will be a moderate to strenuous hike through the preserve before we reach the sunflowers, so be prepared with plenty of water and good shoes!

Redlair is privately owned and conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy. Special thanks to Redlair landowner, Haywood Rankin, for hosting us for this member event!

This hike is only available to members of Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and/or Carolina Thread Trail (CTT). Not a member? There’s still time! Become a CLC member or CTT member today.

What is provided?logo

  • Native plant experts from the NC Native Plant Society
  • Catawba Lands Conservancy staff members

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray
  • Bag lunch

Use the form below to reserve your spot for this member-only hike! (Each member may bring 1 guest)

Not a member yet? Join Catawba Lands Conservancy or Carolina Thread Trail today.

Saturday, September 8 - Schweinitz's Sunflower Conservation (Gastonia, NC)

July 14 – Member Hike – Mushroom Foray at Laurel Hill Preserve (Gastonia, NC)

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Saturday, July 14 | 9 am-12 pmPinwheel Mushrooms
Laurel Hill Preserve
2421 Ranlo-Spencer Mountain Rd, Gastonia, NC MAP
3+ miles | Moderate hike | Ages 12+
*Pre-registration is required for this member-only event. Please see form below.

 

Got mushrooms? We do! Laurel Hill is a wonderfully rich, 227-acre preserve filled with mature alluvial and upland forests, idyllic streams, and…mushrooms!

Did you know that mushrooms are the reproductive structure or “fruiting body” of the fungus? Most of the fungus exists underground in the form of a complex network of thin filaments called the mycelium. These mycelia play an essential role in maintaining a healthy, productive ecosystem and are especially important to trees. Some trees and fungi form mutually beneficial mycelium-root connections (called mycorrhizae) through which they can exchange essential nutrients like sugars, soil minerals, and nitrogen.

We will have mushroom enthusiasts and mycologists from the Piedmont Area Mycological Association to help us identify our specimens and distinguish the delicious from the deadly.

Laurel Hill is privately owned and conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy. A special thanks to the Nason family for inviting us onto their preserve for this member program! 

This hike is only available to members of Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and/or Carolina Thread Trail (CTT). Not a member? There’s still time! Become a CLC member or CTT member today.

What is provided?

  • Mycologist from the Piedmont Area Mycological Association (PAMA)
  • Catawba Lands Conservancy staff member
  • Tools and supplies for collecting mushrooms
  • Safety gear, first aid

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray
  • Bag lunch

Use the form below to reserve your spot for this member-only hike! (Each member may bring 1 guest)

Not a member yet? Join Catawba Lands Conservancy or Carolina Thread Trail today.

Saturday, July 14 – Mushroom Foray at Laurel Hill (Gastonia, NC)

March 24 – Family “I Spy” Nature Hike with CROWN at McAlpine Creek Park (Charlotte, NC)

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McAlpine Creek Park and Greenway
8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212. MAP
1.0 miles | Easy paved surface, gravel walk | All Ages
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Grab your binoculars and get outside! Join us and our partners at CROWN (Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves with Nature) for a morning of kid-friendly nature exploration in McAlpine Creek Park.

CROWN’s “I Spy….” program offers free, family-friendly nature walks in Mecklenburg County parks, nature preserves, trails, and greenways. These programs are designed to introduce participants of all ages to the many wonders ​of nature in and around the Charlotte region.

This hike is offered for FREE by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and Carolina Thread Trail (CTT) in partnership with CROWN 

What is provided?CROWN logo

  • A Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Information from CROWN on building your own backyard habitat
  • Safety gear, first aid

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray
  • Small daypack
  • Optional items: camera, binoculars

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE nature hike! 

Saturday, March 24 - Nature Hike at McAlpine Creek Park (Charlotte, NC)
  • * More than 6 people? Please email sena@catawbalands.org to discuss planning a program for your group.

May 4 – Nature Hike – Big-Leaf Magnolias (Gastonia, NC)

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Friday, May 4 | 1-4 pmIMG_20170525_181920551
Redlair Preserve
Gastonia, NC, 28056
4+ miles | Moderate to strenuous hike | Ages 12+
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Grab your binoculars and get outside! Join us on a guided hike on one of Catawba Lands Conservancy’s flagship conservation properties. The Redlair preserve is part of a 1000-acre collection of properties conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy along the South Fork Catawba River.

During this afternoon hike we will be seeking out the spring blooms of the Big-Leaf Magnolia – a unique native tree whose leaves can reach up to 3 ft in length! The Big-Leaf Magnolia, is listed as a threatened species in North Carolina, so this is a rare opportunity to be able to see these beautiful trees in the wild. We will be hiking through rich hardwood forests and along creeks that flow into the South Fork Catawba River. This will be a strenuous hike, so please be prepared with lots of water and proper footwear. And bring your camera, too!

This hike is offered for FREE by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) in partnership with the NC Native Plant Society.

What is provided?

  • Catawba Lands Conservancy trip leaderlogo
  • Bird and wildflower guidebooks
  • Safety gear

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Comfortable walking shoes (hiking boots are recommended for this hike)
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Binoculars, if you have them
  • Hat, sunscreen
  • Small daypack

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE nature hike! 

This program is full! Please email sena@catawbalands.org if you would like to add your name to the waitlist.

March 10 – Member Hike – Forty Acre Rock (Kershaw, SC)

Saturday, March 10| 12-4 pm
Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve
2550-2828 State Road S-29-27 Kershaw, SC MAP
4+ miles | Strenuous hike | Ages 12+
*Pre-registration is required for this member-only event. Please see form below.

Join us as we hike this beautiful segment of the Carolina Thread Trail that weaves past vernal pools, waterfalls, and unique rock outcrops of Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve. Our guide for this adventure will be John Ghent, South Carolina Master Naturalist and unofficial expert of this unique landmark. This preserve is home to many rare species of flora and fauna, including 17 species which are listed as federally threatened or endangered. After a picnic lunch (on us!), John will lead us on a 4 mile loop hike around the preserve. You do not want to miss this one!

This hike is only available to members of Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and/or Carolina Thread Trail (CTT). Not a member? There’s still time! Become a CLC member or CTT member today.

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What is provided?

  • Master Naturalist guide
  • Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Lunch

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray

Use the form below to reserve your spot for this member-only hike! (Each member may bring 1 guest)

Not a member yet? Join Catawba Lands Conservancy or Carolina Thread Trail today.

Saturday, March 10 - Member hike - 40 Acre Rock (Kershaw, SC)

March 15 – Fitness Walk at Four Mile Creek (Matthews, NC)

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IMG_20180116_112946811Thursday, March 15 | 5:30-6:30 pm
Four Mile Creek Greenway – Matthews
100 W McDowell St, Matthews, NC 28105 MAP
3.0 miles | Easy, paved trail | Ages 10+ | Dog-friendly
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Get outside and get active! Join us on this group fitness walk on a section of the Carolina Thread Trail. We will be doing a brisk, 3-mile walk along this paved greenway trail that weaves along Four Mile Creek through the neighborhoods of Matthews and past Squirrel Lake Park to E John St. This walk is dog-friendly for friendly dogs.

This hike is offered for FREE by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and Carolina Thread Trail (CTT).

What is provided?

  • A Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Safety gear

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Snacks

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE fitness walk! 

March 15 - Fitness Walk at Four Mile Creek (Matthews, NC)
  • * More than 6 people? Please email sena@catawbalands.org to discuss planning a program for your group.

February 24 – Nature Hike at Buffalo Creek Preserve (Mt Pleasant, NC)

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Saturday, February 24 | 10–11:30 amIMG_20180124_114509562_HDR
Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail
Near 7911 Malibu Road, Mt Pleasant, NC 28124 MAP
3 miles | Moderate to strenuous hike | Ages 10+
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Grab your binoculars and get outside! Join us on a guided hike of a section of the Carolina Thread Trail.

We will start with a brief introduction to Leave No Trace hiking strategies, and then we will hike roughly 1.5 miles of the Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail which meanders through the 393-acre Buffalo Creek Preserve. We will pass through a piedmont oak-savannah restoration area, through natural forests, and past working farmland before walking along the banks of Adams Creek. This will be a moderate to strenuous hike, so get those boots ready!

This hike is offered for FREE by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and Carolina Thread Trail (CTT).

What is provided?

  • Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Bird and wildflower guidebooks
  • Safety gear, first aid

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes (hiking boots are recommended for this hike)
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Binoculars, if you have them
  • Hat, sunscreen
  • Small daypack

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE nature hike! 

This program is full! Please email sena@catawbalands.org if you would like to add your name to the waitlist.

April 5 – Fitness Walk at Riverwalk Piedmont Medical Center Trail (Rock Hill, SC)

Thursday, April 5 | 6-7 pm
Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail
575 Herrons Ferry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730 MAP 
3.0 miles | Easy, paved trail | Ages 10+ | Dog-friendly
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Get outside and get active! Join us on this group fitness walk on a section of the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT). We will walk about 3 miles in total along this paved greenway with views of the Catawba river. Bring the dog, bring a friend, and let’s get moving!

This hike is offered for FREE by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and Carolina Thread Trail (CTT).

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  • Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Safety gear

What should you bring?

  • Full water bottle
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen, bug spray
  • Dog supplies: 6 ft leash, water, and poop bags!

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE fitness walk! 

April 5 - Fitness Hike at Riverwalk Piedmont Medical Center Trail (Rock Hill, SC)
  • * More than 6 people? Please email sena@catawbalands.org to discuss planning a program for your group.