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The Carolina Thread Trail

Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread). The Thread is a significant regional initiative designed to foster and facilitate the creation and development of a regional network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors that will link more than 2.3 million citizens in North and South Carolina.

The Thread comprises a 15-county area: Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell,  Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties within North Carolina and Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina.

Currently, over 220 miles of The Thread are open to the public in North and South Carolina with 14 active corridors under development. CLC works in partnership with Foundation For The Carolinas and many local partners on this initiative.

The Thread provides multiple benefits to our region including economic development, conservation of land, enhancement of water quality, cleaner air, alternative transportation, healthy and recreation for all regional citizens, all of which translate to enhanced quality of life. The Thread is free to use and accessible to everyone.

Click here to read The Thread’s “2012 Report to Communities.”


Carolina Thread Trail Quick Facts

119 miles of The Thread are open to the public.

The Carolina Thread Trail is one of the largest and most exciting projects ever planned for our region. Its legacy will permanently celebrate this region’s history, beauty, and diversity, while conserving local lands and providing a broad range of community benefits.

The Thread will link more than two million citizens with hundreds of miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails that wind through 15 counties in North and South Carolina, connecting points of regional significance.

Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for The Thread.

The Thread is financed with both private donations and public funding. The project’s funding model was developed following two years of planning and study of regional greenway projects in the US.

The funding model starts with a pool of private dollars that will be given as grants to local communities. These dollars provide the incentive for planning, design, land acquisition and construction of greenways.

All counties and communities in the 15-county region are invited to participate; local communities will decide if, when and how to do so. Beyond the requirement that they connect with their neighbors, communities will self-determine the location and character of their trail system.

To learn more about the Carolina Thread Trail, visit www.carolinathreadtrail.org.



Quick Facts

  • Our six-county service area: Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union (part of the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina)
  • Permanently conserves more than 15,000 acres
  • We protect clean water, wildlife habitat, local farms and connections to nature
  • One of 24 land trusts serving North Carolina
  • We are the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail; more than 220 miles are open to the public
  • Certified and accredited by the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission
  • Each donation of $500 protects approximately one acre of land; every $1 donated conserves $10 worth of land