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.

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.

February 15 – Sunset Bike Ride at Torrence Creek Greenway (Huntersville, NC)

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Thursday, February 15 | 5–6:30 pmIMG_20170615_201443853
Torrence Creek Greenway Trail 
Street Parking on Rosewood Meadow Ln, Huntersville, NC 28078 MAP
7.0 miles | Pace 10-12 mph | Easy, paved surface ride | Ages 15+ 
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Bring your own bike and join Bret, Carolina Thread Trail’s Community Coordinator, to explore a different section of Thread Trail each month! Bret will offer a brief overview of the future plans for expansion of this trail segment and how it fits into the regional master plan for the Carolina Thread Trail network.

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

What is provided?

  • Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Safety gear including reflective vests, extra bike lights, and extra helmets

What should you bring?

  • Your own bike (road, mountain, or hybrid bikes)
  • Your own helmet
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Bike lights (front and rear), if you have them

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE bike ride! 

March 22 – Sunset Bike Ride at Riverwalk (Rock Hill, SC)

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IMG_4676Thursday, March 22 | 5:30-7 pm
Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail
575 Herrons Ferry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730 MAP 
10.0 miles | Pace 10 mph| Easy, paved surface ride | Ages 18+
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Bring your own bike and join Bret, Carolina Thread Trail’s Community Coordinator, to explore a different section of Thread Trail each month! Bret will offer a brief overview of the future plans for expansion of this trail segment and how it fits into the regional master plan for the Carolina Thread Trail network.

Before this ride, Bret will start with a quick skill building session on basic bike maintenance – so bring all of your bike maintenance questions! 

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

What is provided?

  • Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Safety gear including reflective vests, extra bike lights, and extra helmets

What should you bring?

  • Your own bike (road, hybrid, or mountain bike)
  • Your own helmet
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Bike lights (front and rear), if you have them

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE bike ride! 

March 22 - Sunset Bike Ride at Riverwalk (Rock Hill, NC)
  • * More than 6 people? Please email sena@catawbalands.org to discuss planning a program for your group.

April 19 – Sunset Bike Ride at Forney Creek Trail (Denver, NC)

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lolipop marker Forney creekThursday, April 19 | 6-7:30 pm
Forney Creek Trail

1601 Forney Creek Parkway, Denver, NC 28037 MAP
7.0 miles |Intermediate mountain bike trail ride | Ages 18+
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Bring your own bike and join Bret, Carolina Thread Trail’s Community Coordinator, to explore a different section of Thread Trail each month! Bret will offer a brief overview of the future plans for expansion of this trail segment and how it fits into the regional master plan for the Carolina Thread Trail network.

This is an intermediate to difficult mountain bike ride – previous experience mountain biking on narrow, natural surface trails is recommended. 

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

What is provided?

  • Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Safety gear including reflective vests, extra bike lights, and extra helmets

What should you bring?

  • Your own bike (mountain bikes are required for this ride)
  • Your own helmet
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Bike lights (front and rear), if you have them

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE bike ride! 

April 19 - Sunset Bike Ride at Forney Creek Trail (Denver, 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 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.

May 17 – Sunset Bike Ride at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail (Kings Mountain, NC)

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IMG_4644Thursday, May 17 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

807 S. Battleground Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. MAP
10.0 miles | Pace 10 mph | Easy to moderate, crushed gravel trail ride | Ages 18+
*Pre-registration is required for this FREE event. Please see form below.

Bring your own bike and join Bret, Carolina Thread Trail’s Community Coordinator, to explore a different section of Thread Trail each month! Bret will offer a brief overview of the future plans for expansion of this trail segment and how it fits into the regional master plan for the Carolina Thread Trail network.

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

What is provided?

  • Carolina Thread Trail trip leader
  • Safety gear including reflective vests, extra bike lights, and extra helmets

What should you bring?

  • Your own bike (hybrid or mountain bikes are recommended, no road bikes)
  • Your own helmet
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Bike lights (front and rear), if you have them

Use the form below to sign up to for this FREE bike ride! 

May 17 - Sunset Bike Ride at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail (Kings Mountain, 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.