Hike, bike, paddle and play on this regional network of trails spanning 15 counties in North and South Carolina.
Saving Land and Connecting Lives to Nature
Our work protects wildlife and plant species in partnership with the NC Wildlife Federation, provides cleaner air and advances education and scientific understanding.
Photo: Whitehall by Debbie Warren
The impact of our conservation work includes filtration of pollutants and sediment, prevents flooding and erosion, and provides clean streams, lakes and drinking water for your family and our fragile ecosystem.
Photo: South Fork Rail Trail by Debbie Warren
Creating conservation easements on local farms sustains our rural economies and working farms, reduces environmental and transport costs, and allows our local chefs to provide farm-to-table eating where we know exactly where our food is coming from.
Photo: Buffalo Creek Preserve by Nancy Pierce
Connection to Nature
We strive to connect people with the natural world through nearly 15,000 acres of protected land and hundreds of miles of the Carolina Thread Trail through our surrounding 15-county region. It advances urban conservation and instills the value of nature in future generations.
Photo: Rocky River Volunteers by Nancy Pierce
Our Latest News
North Carolinians love the outdoors. Visitation to NC State Parks increased to 22,800,000 in 2021 – 3,000,000 more than in 2020. Outdoor recreation contributes over $10 […]
In the fall of 2021 we planted 800 endangered Schweinitz’s sunflower seedlings at Buffalo Creek Preserve, establishing the first recovery site for the plant in North […]
The latest issue of our newsletter has just arrived! We can’t wait for you to catch up on the exciting things that have been happening here […]