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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
We stand for racial equity and against systemic racism. The current motivation for that statement is a recent series of deaths resulting from acts of racism […]
In order to be an ally in standing up for Black lives, we are suspending our online promotion of National Trails Day (our annual community festival […]
If you’ve ever paddled the South Fork River south from Spencer Mountain, you’ve traveled right alongside our Pinhook Preserve, perhaps without even knowing it. Pinhook, also […]