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The Carolina Thread Trail

Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail,  a regional network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors that will ultimately 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 250 miles of Thread Trail 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 Trail provides multiple benefits to our region including economic development, conservation of land, enhancement of water quality, cleaner air, alternative transportation, recreation for all regional citizens, all of which translate to enhanced quality of life. The Thread is free to use and accessible to everyone.

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Carolina Thread Trail Quick Facts

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 leading the effort to create and complete the Carolina Thread Trail.

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 Thread Trail awards competitive grants to local communities. These dollars provide the incentive for planning, design, land acquisition and construction of greenways.

Beyond the requirement that they connect with their neighbors, local communities 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