Template: May 19 – River Kayak Trip with Catawba Riverkeepers (Mt. Holly, NC)

Saturday, May 19 | 9–11 amIMG_4863
Catawba River Blueway
1000 Marina Village Dr, Mt Holly, NC 28120 MAP
5 miles| Moderate, flatwater paddle | Ages 10+
*Pre-registration is required for this event. Please see form below.

Get your paddle muscles ready! Join Carolina Thread Trail and the Catawba Riverkeepers for a morning kayak trip on the Catawba River. This section of blueway, which includes Lake Wylie, is part of the Carolina Thread Trail’s blueway network which currently includes over 150 miles of waterways in North and South Carolina.

Did you know our public drinking water for this region is drawn from the Catawba River? Land conservation in developing areas is essential to supporting healthy waterways and clean drinking water for the entire region. On the river we will hear from the Catawba Riverkeepers about their efforts to protect and improve water quality in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.

You must be able to swim to participate in this event. All gear will be provided.

This paddle is offered for FREE by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and Carolina Thread Trail (CTT) along with our partners at Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.

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  • Catawba Riverkeeper education leader
  • CTT staff member
  • Free kayak rental, pfd, and paddle
  • Safety gear and first aid

What to Bring

  • Full water bottle
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunshirt

Use the form below to reserve your spot for this FREE paddle trip! 

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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.

June 8 – Greenway Gals – Spider Lily Paddle (Catawba, SC)

Saturday, June 8 | 9 am–12 pmIMG_7641
Catawba River Blueway

Landsford Canal State Park
2051 Park Drive, Catawba, SC 29704 MAP
5 miles | Moderate paddle | Greenway Gals only
*Pre-registration is required for this Greenway Gals-only event. Please see form below.

It’s that time of year! The Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies will be in peak bloom, and what better way to enjoy them than by boat! These rare and beautiful flowers are currently found in only a handful of rivers in the Southeastern US and are being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The population of spider-lilies within Landsford Canal State Park is one of the largest remaining populations in the world.

This will be a moderate, flat-water paddle along a section of the the Catawba River, part of the Carolina Thread Trail blueway network.  We will take a leisurely paddle down the river to enjoy the beautiful blooms and then walk back up along the 1.5-mile Landsford Canal Trail to enjoy a picnic lunch. You must be able to swim to participate in this event. All gear is provided.

Greenway Gals may choose either this paddle trip OR the Spider Lily paddle trip on May 25.

A special thanks to our friends at Catawba River Expeditions for providing the gear!

What is provided?Backs of Women on River

  • CLC/CTT trip leader
  • Free kayak rental
  • Safety gear, first aid
  • Lunch

What to Bring

  • Full water bottle
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunshirt

Sign-up coming soon!

May 25 – Greenway Gals – Spider Lily Paddle (Catawba, SC)

Saturday, May 25 | 9 am–12 pmIMG_7641
Catawba River Blueway

Landsford Canal State Park
2051 Park Drive, Catawba, SC 29704 MAP
5 miles | Moderate paddle | Greenway Gals only
*Pre-registration is required for this Greenway Gals-only event. Please see form below.

It’s that time of year! The Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies will be in peak bloom, and what better way to enjoy them than by boat! These rare and beautiful flowers are currently found in only a handful of rivers in the Southeastern US and are being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The population of spider-lilies within Landsford Canal State Park is one of the largest remaining populations in the world.

This will be a moderate, flat-water paddle along a section of the the Catawba River, part of the Carolina Thread Trail blueway network.  We will take a leisurely paddle down the river to enjoy the beautiful blooms and then walk back up along the 1.5-mile Landsford Canal Trail to enjoy a picnic lunch. You must be able to swim to participate in this event. All gear is provided.

Greenway Gals may choose either this paddle trip OR the Spider Lily paddle trip on June 8.

A special thanks to our friends at Catawba River Expeditions for providing the gear!

What is provided?Backs of Women on River

  • CLC/CTT trip leader
  • Free kayak rental
  • Safety gear, first aid
  • Lunch

What to Bring

  • Full water bottle
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunshirt

Sign-up coming soon!

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)

May 19 – Member Paddle – South Fork River Blueway (McAdenville, NC)

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Saturday, May 19 | 8:30 am–12 pmIMG_20170603_111705292_HDR
South Fork River Blueway
Parking Address: 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC 28101 MAP
5.5 miles| Moderate paddle | Ages 18+
*Pre-registration is required for this member-only event. Please see form below.

 

Get your paddle muscles ready! Join us for a morning kayak trip along a section of Carolina Thread Trail blueway. Along the river we will catch a glimpse of two historic mills and hopefully spot a few blue herons, osprey, and other native wildlife. Members may choose to participate in this member paddle OR the October 13 member paddle, but not both!

This will be a moderate to intermediate paddle along a 5.5 mile stretch of the river from Spencer Mountain to McAden River Access. You must be able to swim to participate in this event. All gear will be provided.

This paddle trip is only available to members of Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and/or Carolina Thread Trail (CTT). A special thanks to our friends at Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation for providing the gear and river guide!

What is provided?

  • River guide and CLC/CTT staff
  • Free kayak rental, paddle, PFD
  • Safety gear, first aid

What to Bring

  • Full water bottle
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunshirt
  • Bag lunch

Use the form below to reserve your spot for this member-only paddle! 

Not a member? There’s still time! Become a CLC member or CTT member today.

Saturday, May 19 - Member Paddle on South Fork River Blueway (McAdenville, NC)
    All participants must be 18 or older to participate.

 

October 13 – Member Paddle on South Fork River Blueway (McAdenville, NC)

Saturday, October 13 | 8:30 am-12 pmIMG_20170603_111705292_HDR
South Fork River Blueway
Parking Address: 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville, NC 28101 MAP
5.5 miles| Moderate paddle | Ages 18+
*Pre-registration is required for this member-only event. Please see form below.

 

Enjoy the river from a new perspective.  Join us for a morning kayak trip along a section of Carolina Thread Trail blueway. We will enjoy the early fall colors, paddle past two historic mills, and hopefully spot a few blue herons, osprey, and other native wildlife along the river. Members may choose to participate in this member paddle OR the May 19 member paddle, but not both!

This will be a moderate to intermediate paddle along a 5.5 mile stretch of the river from Spencer Mountain to McAden River Access. You must be able to swim to participate in this event. All gear will be provided.

This paddle trip is only available to members of Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and/or Carolina Thread Trail (CTT). A special thanks to our friends at Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation for providing the gear and river guide!

What is provided?

  • River guide and CLC/CTT staff
  • Free kayak rental, paddle, PFD
  • Safety gear, first aid

What to Bring

  • Full water bottle
  • Water shoes or old sneakers
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunshirt
  • Bag lunch

Use the form below to reserve your spot for this member-only paddle! 

Not a member? There’s still time! Become a CLC member or CTT member today.

Saturday, October 13 - Member Paddle on South Fork River Blueway (McAdenville, NC)
    All participants must be 18 or older to participate.

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)

Saturday, March 24 | 10-11:30 amIMG_0633
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.