Catawba Lands Conservancy, Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) and Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council (Girl Scouts) cut the ribbon Nov. 9 on a new 2.2-mile trail that’s now part of The Thread.
The Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council Trail is located at 1763 Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, NC 28625.
This natural surface trail will weaves through a 358-acre permanently conserved area that’s protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) within the Girl Scouts’ Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs in Iredell County.
The trail is within a protected area conserved by CLC. A portion of the protected area is designated as a NC State Significant Natural Heritage Site – an area of special biodiversity importance identified by the NC Natural Heritage Program to protect the natural habitat of rare plant and animal species. The Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council Trail careens through this site and provide a unique access for the public to explore this natural and ecologically rich area.
This new trail is one of nine trail segments, totaling 14.4 miles, currently opened in Iredell County that are part of The Thread. This trail opening adds 2.2 miles to the network, bringing to 135 the total number of trail miles of The Thread open to the public across our region.
Oak Springs, located on a 673-acre campus, is a regional destination for Girl Scouts and provides camp activities and educational experiences for girls from Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York, SC counties.