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Pursuing Equity

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 involving Black men and women in particular. Making a statement is important, and as an organization, we want to assure that our work represents our values.

Our mission of saving land and connecting lives to nature has benefits that are intended for everyone, including good health, recreation, clean air and clean water. We recognize that history provides many examples of benefits being reserved for a few or withheld from specific groups. In an effort to avoid such issues in ways that are within our power, we hope to:

  • Pursue racial equity in our organizational culture and increase the diversity of representation in our staff, volunteers and Governing Board;
  • Factor in the impacts that our conservation efforts and priorities have on minority and marginalized communities;
  • Increase our attention to marginalized voices;
  • Apply anti-racist practices to our work with community leaders and law enforcement agencies;
  • Plan programs that are fully inclusive, so everyone in our community has access to the restorative power of nature;
  • Implement recreational opportunities that serve the expressed needs and desires of local communities of color;
  • Continue to share resources to educate ourselves and our community on inequities in the outdoors;
  • Promote outdoor affinity groups and the work of scientists, artists, and activists of color in conservation and outdoor advocacy.

Please help us remain accountable as we listen, learn and strive for a better future.


Native Lands Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that many of the Carolina Thread Trail’s trails are on lands once settled by native peoples. Please use the tabs below to view the trails that are located on the traditional lands of Native American tribes of the Carolinas.

Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster, SC
Antiquity Greenway Cornelius, NC
Atrium Health Lincoln Trail Lincolnton, NC
Avon/ Catawba Creeks Greenway Gastonia, NC
Backside Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Bailey Road Park Trail Cornelius, NC
Bakers Creek Greenway/ 8th Street Greenway Kannapolis, NC
Bakers Mountain Park Trail Hickory, NC
Baxter VIllage Trail Fort Mill, SC
Belmont to Cramerton Sidewalk Connector Belmont, NC; Cramerton, NC
Bessemer City Park Trail Bessemer City, NC
Blue Star Trail Fort Mill, SC
Blythe Landing Park Trail Huntersville, NC
Broad River Greenway-Cottonwood Trail Boiling Springs, NC; Shelby, NC
Broad River Greenway- River Trail Boiling Springs, NC; Shelby, NC
Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail Mount Pleasant, NC
Bullhole Park Trail Woodleaf, NC
Bunker Hill Covered Bridge Trail Claremont, NC
Cane Creek Park Trail Waxhaw, NC
Carl Spangler Trail Shelby, NC
Catawba Indian Nation Greenway Rock Hill, SC
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Norman Section Lake Norman
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Wylie Dam to Highway 9 Catawba, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Wylie Belmont, Charlotte, Ft. Mill, Lake Wylie, Mt. Holly, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, York
Catawba River Blueway- Mountain Island Section Huntersville, Mt. Holly
Catawba Riverfront Greeway Mt. Holly
City of Lancaster Sidewalk Connector Lancaster, SC
Claremont City Park Trail Claremont, NC
Clarks Creek and Mallard Creek Greenway Charlotte, NC
Conover City Park Trail Conover, NC
Crowders Mountain Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Dan Nicholas Park Trail Salisbury, NC
Darrell Almond Community Park Trail Norwood, NC
Downtown Maiden Maiden, NC
Dye Creek Greenway Mooresville, NC
Ellis Park Trail Salisbury, NC
First Broad River Trail Shelby, NC
Forney Creek Trail- Catawba Springs Preserve Segment Denver, NC
Forney Creek Trail- Katherine G. Clark Segment Denver, NC
Founders Trail Fort Mill, SC; Rock Hill, SC
Four Mile Creek Greenway- Matthews Matthews, NC
Gateway Park Greenway Conover, NC
Girl Scouts, Hornet’s Nest Council Trail Statesville, NC
Goat Island Greenway Cramerton, NC
Gold Hill Rail Trail Gold Hill, NC
Granite Civic Park Trail Granite Hill, NC
Granite Lake Park Trail Granite Hill, NC
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Health Springs, SC
Harold B. McEachern Greenway Concord, NC
Hector Henry Greenway, Moss Creek Segment Concord, NC
Heritage Trail Connector Newton, NC
Heritage Trail Greenway Newton, NC
Hickory Greenway Hickory, NC
Highland Rail Trail Gastonia, NC
Highland Rail Trail- Downtown Sidewalk Connector Gastonia, NC
Hood Center Trail Rock Hill, NC
Independence Park Trail Charlotte, NC
Irish Buffalo Creek Greenway Concord Township, NC
Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways Charlotte, NC
Jacob Park Fork Trail Newton, NC
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail sidewalk connector to Downtown Kings Mountain Kings Mountain, NC
Kings Mountain State Park Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Lake Corriher Wilderness Trail Landis, NC
Landsford Canal State Park Catawba, NC
Limestone College Quarry Trail Gaffney, NC
Lindsay Pettus Greenway Lancaster, SC
Little Sugar Creek Greenway Charlotte, NC
Long Creek Preserve Trail Charlotte, NC
Love Valley Trail Love Valley, NC
Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway, McMuellen Creek Greenway, Four Mile Creek Greenway Charlotte, NC
Lyle Creek Greenway Conover, NC
Manchester Meadows Park Trail Rock Hill, NC
Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail Lincolnton, NC
Marica H. Cloninger Sidewalk Connector: E Street Lincolnton, NC
Marvin Calwell Park Trail Concord, NC
Masons Bend Trail Fort Mill, SC
McAlpine Creek and Cambell Creek Greenway Charlotte, NC
McDowell Creek Greenway Cornelius, NC; Huntersville, NC
Mineral Springs Greenway Mineral Springs, NC
Monroe County Club Trail Monroe, NC
Morrow Mountain State Park Albemarle, NC
Mount Holly Linear Park Trail Mount Holly, NC
Mountain Island Park Trail Mount Holly, NC
Murray’s Mill Trail Catawba, NC
Northside Greenway Rock Hill, NC
Oakboro Rail Trail Oakboro, NC
Overmountain Victory Trail- Cowpens Gaffney, NC
Overmountain Victory Trail- Lake Welchel Gaffney, NC
Pee Dee River Blueway Ansonville, NC; Lilesville, NC; Wadesboro, NC
Pharr Family Preserve Trail Midland, NC
Pharr Mill Park Trail Harrisburg, NC
Pinnacle Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Ramsour’s Mill Trail Lincolnton, NC
Richardson Greenway Barium Springs, NC; Troutman, NC
Ridgeline Trail Blacksburg (SC); Gastonia (NC); Kings Mountain (NC)
River Link Greenway Cramerton, NC
River Trail Rock Hill, SC
Riverbend Farm Trail Midland, NC
Riverside Greenway Cramerton, NC
Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail Fort Mill, SC; Rock Hill, SC
Rock Hole Creek Trail Stanfield, NC
Rock Springs Nature Preserve Denver, NC
Rocky Creek Trail Great Falls, SC
Rock River Blueway Midland, Norwood, Oakboro, Wadesboro, NC
Rocky River Greenway- Waterford Neighborhood Segment Kannapolis, NC
Roger F Snyder Greenway Albemarle, NC
Royal Giants Park Trail East Spencer, NC
Salisbury Community Park Trail Salisbury, NC
Salisbury Greenway Salisbury, NC
Seven Oaks Preserve Trail Belmont, NC
South Fork Rail Trail Lincolnton, NC
South Fork River Blueway Belmont, Cramerton, Lowell, McAdenville, Ranlo, Spencer Mountain
South Fork River Blueway- Lincolnton Section Lincolnton, NC
South Fork Trail Lowell, McAdenville, Gastonia, NC
South Prong Rocky River Greenway/ Southeast GW/ Davidson GW Davidson, NC
Southside Park Trail Newton, NC
Statesville Greenway- Fourth Creek Segment Statesville, NC
Statesville Greenway- Gregory Creek Segment Statesville, NC
Statesville Greenway- Martin Luther King Jr. Park Segment Statesville, NC
Statesville Greenway- Town of Newton Segment Statesville, NC
Stewart Cramer High School Trail Belmont, NC
Tech Park Lakeshore Drive Rock Hill, SC
Toby Creek Greenway and Ruby Shaw Trail Charlotte, NC
Tomlinson- Moore Park Trail Harmony, NC
Torrence Creek Greenway Huntersville, NC
Twelve Mile Creek Greenway- Town of Waxhaw Segment Waxhaw, NC
Twelve Mile Creek Greenway- Walnut Creek Park Segment Lancaster, SC
Union County Heritage Trail Monroe, NC
Uptown Charlotte Cycle Track Charlotte, NC
Uptown Charlotte Sidewalk Connector- Stonewall Street Charlotte, NC
Walter M. Safrit Park Trail Kannapolis, NC
Waterford Trail Rock Hill, SC
Waxhaw Greenway Waxhaw, NC
West Branch Nature Preserve Trail Davidson, NC
West Branch Rocky River Greenway Davidson, NC
Wetland Trail Rock Hill, SC
Wylie Park Trail Chester, SC
York Greenway York, SC

Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster, SC
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Wylie Dam to Highway 9 Catawba, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill
City of Lancaster Sidewalk Connector Lancaster, SC
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Health Springs, SC
Mineral Springs Greenway Mineral Springs, NC
Monroe County Club Trail Monroe, NC
Pee Dee River Blueway Ansonville, NC; Lilesville, NC; Wadesboro, NC
Twelve Mile Creek Greenway- Walnut Creek Park Segment Lancaster, SC
Union County Heritage Trail Monroe, NC

Bakers Mountain Park Trail Hickory, NC
Bullhole Park Trail Woodleaf, NC
Bunker Hill Covered Bridge Trail Claremont, NC
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Norman Section Lake Norman
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Wylie Dam to Highway 9 Catawba, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill
Claremont City Park Trail Claremont, NC
Conover City Park Trail Conover, NC
Dan Nicholas Park Trail Salisbury, NC
Dye Creek Greenway Mooresville, NC
Ellis Park Trail Salisbury, NC
Gateway Park Greenway Conover, NC
Girl Scouts, Hornet’s Nest Council Trail Statesville, NC
Granite Civic Park Trail Granite Hill, NC
Granite Lake Park Trail Granite Hill, NC
Heritage Trail Connector Newton, NC
Heritage Trail Greenway Newton, NC
Hickory Greenway Hickory, NC
Jacob Park Fork Trail Newton, NC
Lake Corriher Wilderness Trail Landis, NC
Love Valley Trail Love Valley, NC
Lyle Creek Greenway Conover, NC
Murray’s Mill Trail Catawba, NC
Richardson Greenway Barium Springs, NC; Troutman, NC
Royal Giants Park Trail East Spencer, NC
Salisbury Community Park Trail Salisbury, NC
Salisbury Greenway Salisbury, NC
Southside Park Trail Newton, NC
Statesville Greenway- Fourth Creek Segment Statesville, NC
Statesville Greenway- Gregory Creek Segment Statesville, NC
Statesville Greenway- Martin Luther King Jr. Park Segment Statesville, NC
Statesville Greenway- Town of Newton Segment Statesville, NC
The Falcoln Trail Misenhiemer, NC; Richfield, NC
Tomlinson- Moore Park Trail Harmony, NC

Antiquity Greenway Cornelius, NC
Avon/ Catawba Creeks Greenway Gastonia, NC
Backside Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Bailey Road Park Trail Cornelius, NC
Baxter VIllage Trail Fort Mill, SC
Belmont to Cramerton Sidewalk Connector Belmont, NC; Cramerton, NC
Bessemer City Park Trail Bessemer City, NC
Blue Star Trail Fort Mill, SC
Blythe Landing Park Trail Huntersville, NC
Catawba Indian Nation Greenway Rock Hill, SC
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Norman Section Lake Norman
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Wylie Belmont, Charlotte, Ft. Mill, Lake Wylie, Mt. Holly, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, York
Catawba River Blueway- Mountain Island Section Huntersville, Mt. Holly
Catawba Riverfront Greeway Mt. Holly
Clarks Creek and Mallard Creek Greenway Charlotte, NC
Crowders Mountain Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Forney Creek Trail- Catawba Springs Preserve Segment Denver, NC
Forney Creek Trail- Katherine G. Clark Segment Denver, NC
Founders Trail Fort Mill, SC; Rock Hill, SC
Four Mile Creek Greenway- Matthews Matthews, NC
Goat Island Greenway Cramerton, NC
Harold B. McEachern Greenway Concord, NC
Hector Henry Greenway, Moss Creek Segment Concord, NC
Highland Rail Trail Gastonia, NC
Highland Rail Trail- Downtown Sidewalk Connector Gastonia, NC
Hood Center Trail Rock Hill, NC
Independence Park Trail Charlotte, NC
Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways Charlotte, NC
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail sidewalk connector to Downtown Kings Mountain Kings Mountain, NC
Kings Mountain State Park Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Little Sugar Creek Greenway Charlotte, NC
Long Creek Preserve Trail Charlotte, NC
Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway, McMuellen Creek Greenway, Four Mile Creek Greenway Charlotte, NC
Manchester Meadows Park Trail Rock Hill, NC
Masons Bend Trail Fort Mill, SC
McAlpine Creek and Cambell Creek Greenway Charlotte, NC
McDowell Creek Greenway Cornelius, NC; Huntersville, NC
Mount Holly Linear Park Trail Mount Holly, NC
Mountain Island Park Trail Mount Holly, NC
Northside Greenway Rock Hill, NC
Pharr Mill Park Trail Harrisburg, NC
Pinnacle Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Ridgeline Trail Blacksburg (SC); Gastonia (NC); Kings Mountain (NC)
River Link Greenway Cramerton, NC
River Trail Rock Hill, SC
Riverside Greenway Cramerton, NC
Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail Fort Mill, SC; Rock Hill, SC
Rock Springs Nature Preserve Denver, NC
Seven Oaks Preserve Trail Belmont, NC
South Fork River Blueway Belmont, Cramerton, Lowell, McAdenville, Ranlo, Spencer Mountain
South Fork Trail Lowell, McAdenville, Gastonia, NC
South Prong Rocky River Greenway/ Southeast GW/ Davidson GW Davidson, NC
Stewart Cramer High School Trail Belmont, NC
Tech Park Lakeshore Drive Rock Hill, SC
Toby Creek Greenway and Ruby Shaw Trail Charlotte, NC
Torrence Creek Greenway Huntersville, NC
Uptown Charlotte Cycle Track Charlotte, NC
Uptown Charlotte Sidewalk Connector- Stonewall Street Charlotte, NC
Waterford Trail Rock Hill, SC
West Branch Nature Preserve Trail Davidson, NC
West Branch Rocky River Greenway Davidson, NC
Wetland Trail Rock Hill, SC
York Greenway York, SC

Atrium Health Lincoln Trail Lincolnton, NC
Avon/ Catawba Creeks Greenway Gastonia, NC
Backside Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Belmont to Cramerton Sidewalk Connector Belmont, NC; Cramerton, NC
Bessemer City Park Trail Bessemer City, NC
Broad River Greenway-Cottonwood Trail Boiling Springs, NC; Shelby, NC
Broad River Greenway- River Trail Boiling Springs, NC; Shelby, NC
Carl Spangler Trail Shelby, NC
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Wylie Belmont, Charlotte, Ft. Mill, Lake Wylie, Mt. Holly, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, York
Crowders Mountain Trail Kings Mountain, NC
First Broad River Trail Shelby, NC
Goat Island Greenway Cramerton, NC
Highland Rail Trail Gastonia, NC
Highland Rail Trail- Downtown Sidewalk Connector Gastonia, NC
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail sidewalk connector to Downtown Kings Mountain Kings Mountain, NC
Kings Mountain State Park Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Limestone College Quarry Trail Gaffney, NC
Marcia H. Cloninger Rail Trail Lincolnton, NC
Marica H. Cloninger Sidewalk Connector: E Street Lincolnton, NC
Overmountain Victory Trail- Cowpens Gaffney, NC
Overmountain Victory Trail- Lake Welchel Gaffney, NC
Pinnacle Trail Kings Mountain, NC
Ramsour’s Mill Trail Lincolnton, NC
Ridgeline Trail Blacksburg (SC); Gastonia (NC); Kings Mountain (NC)
River Link Greenway Cramerton, NC
Riverside Greenway Cramerton, NC
South Fork Rail Trail Lincolnton, NC
South Fork River Blueway Belmont, Cramerton, Lowell, McAdenville, Ranlo, Spencer Mountain
South Fork River Blueway- Lincolnton Section Lincolnton, NC
South Fork Trail Lowell, McAdenville, Gastonia, NC
Wylie Park Trail Chester, SC
York Greenway York, SC

Tomlinson- Moore Park Trail Harmony, NC

Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster, SC
Baxter VIllage Trail Fort Mill, SC
Blue Star Trail Fort Mill, SC
Cane Creek Park Trail Waxhaw, NC
Catawba Indian Nation Greenway Rock Hill, SC
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Wylie Dam to Highway 9 Catawba, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill
Catawba River Blueway- Lake Wylie Belmont, Charlotte, Ft. Mill, Lake Wylie, Mt. Holly, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, York
City of Lancaster Sidewalk Connector Lancaster, SC
Founders Trail Fort Mill, SC; Rock Hill, SC
Four Mile Creek Greenway- Matthews Matthews, NC
Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Health Springs, SC
Hood Center Trail Rock Hill, NC
Landsford Canal State Park Catawba, NC
Lindsay Pettus Greenway Lancaster, SC
Manchester Meadows Park Trail Rock Hill, NC
Masons Bend Trail Fort Mill, SC
Mineral Springs Greenway Mineral Springs, NC
Monroe County Club Trail Monroe, NC
Northside Greenway Rock Hill, NC
Pharr Family Preserve Trail Midland, NC
River Trail Rock Hill, SC
Riverbend Farm Trail Midland, NC
Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail Fort Mill, SC; Rock Hill, SC
Rock Hole Creek Trail Stanfield, NC
Rocky Creek Trail Great Falls, SC
Rock River Blueway Midland, Norwood, Oakboro, Wadesboro, NC
Tech Park Lakeshore Drive Rock Hill, SC
Twelve Mile Creek Greenway- Town of Waxhaw Segment Waxhaw, NC
Twelve Mile Creek Greenway- Walnut Creek Park Segment Lancaster, SC
Union County Heritage Trail Monroe, NC
Waterford Trail Rock Hill, SC
Waxhaw Greenway Waxhaw, NC
Wetland Trail Rock Hill, SC
Wylie Park Trail Chester, SC

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