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Trail Closures and COVID-19 Updates

Updated 5/11/20

Both North and South Carolina have reopened state parks, including sections of the Carolina Thread Trail that are within park boundaries. Here are the trails that are currently closed.

Closed Trails

  • First Broad River Trail – Shelby, NC

Updated 4/27/20

As of today, Anne Springs Close Greenway has reopened. Here are the trails that are currently closed.

Closed Trails

  • First Broad River Trail – Shelby, NC
  • Twelve Mile Creek Trail – Waxhaw, NC
  • Crowders Mountain Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Pinnacle Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Backside Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Ridgeline Trail – Blacksburg, SC
  • Kings Mountain State Park National Recreation Trail – Blacksburg, SC
  • Landsford Canal Trail – Landsford, SC
  • Andrew Jackson State Park Trail – Lancaster, SC
  • Morrow Mountain State Park Trail – Albemarle, NC

**Please note that while Seven Oaks Trail remains open, The Boulevard/Persimmon connector trail and Worrels Walk section of the trail are closed, as is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Access to the trail is being limited to 15 vehicles (the parking lot capacity) at a time.

Remember to check out our Nature at Home webpage for videos, off-the-beaten-path trail suggestions and more ways to connect with nature from home!

Updated 4/22/20

We have made the decision to cancel all programs and events through the end of May. We have also decided to cancel our annual National Trails Day celebration, and look forward to hosting that event again in 2021.

In the meantime, check out our Nature at Home webpage for videos, off-the-beaten-path trail suggestions and more ways to connect with nature from home!

Closed Trails

  • First Broad River Trail – Shelby, NC
  • Twelve Mile Creek Trail – Waxhaw, NC
  • Crowders Mountain Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Pinnacle Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Backside Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Ridgeline Trail – Blacksburg, SC
  • Kings Mountain State Park National Recreation Trail – Blacksburg, SC
  • Landsford Canal Trail – Landsford, SC
  • Andrew Jackson State Park Trail – Lancaster, SC
  • Morrow Mountain State Park Trail – Albemarle, NC
  • Blue Star Trail (Anne Springs Close Greenway is fully closed) – Fort Mill, SC

**Please note that while Seven Oaks Trail remains open, The Boulevard/Persimmon connector trail and Worrels Walk section of the trail are closed, as is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Access to the trail is being limited to 15 vehicles (the parking lot capacity) at a time.

Updated 4/14/20

All trails on Conservancy preserves remain open and most segments of the Carolina Thread Trail are open as well. Outdoor activities along trails and greenways are permitted by North and South Carolina stay-at-home orders as long as people stay at least 6 feet apart. In Mecklenburg County, park and greenway parking lots are closed to cars and access is limited to pedestrians and cyclists.

Thread Trails closed in our region are listed below. We will continue to keep you updated through social media, our online trail map and this page. If you have specific questions, please contact the local municipality where the trail is located.

Check out our Nature at Home webpage for videos, off-the-beaten-path trail suggestions and more ways to connect with nature from home!

Closed Trails

  • First Broad River Trail – Shelby, NC
  • Twelve Mile Creek Trail – Waxhaw, NC
  • Crowders Mountain Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Pinnacle Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Backside Trail – Kings Mountain, NC
  • Ridgeline Trail – Blacksburg, SC
  • Kings Mountain State Park National Recreation Trail – Blacksburg, SC
  • Landsford Canal Trail – Landsford, SC
  • Andrew Jackson State Park Trail – Lancaster, SC
  • Morrow Mountain State Park Trail – Albemarle, NC
  • Blue Star Trail (Anne Springs Close Greenway is fully closed) – Fort Mill, SC

**Please note that while Seven Oaks Trail remains open, The Boulevard/Persimmon connector trail and Worrels Walk section of the trail are closed, as is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Access to the trail is being limited to 15 vehicles (the parking lot capacity) at a time.

 

Updated 4/2/20.

We are aware that some trails in our network are being heavily used. Since both North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s stay-at-home orders include access to outdoor exercise as essential, we are reluctant to close trails and are relying on individuals to follow the physical distancing requirements included in those orders.  With the help of local authorities, we are monitoring the use of all our trails and making day by day decisions.

Please abide by all physical distancing requirements when using the Carolina Thread Trail so we can continue to keep it open. Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and other trail users, and do not gather in groups larger than three in South Carolina and ten in North Carolina (per the above government orders). We appreciate your cooperation.

 

Updated 3/27/20.

We have made the decision to cancel all programs and events through the end of April. As of now all trails on Catawba Lands Conservancy property will remain open, as experts are continuing to encourage people to spend time outside!

During Mecklenburg County’s stay at home order, outdoor activity is permitted including hiking, biking, running, and using the greenways as long as individuals comply with social distancing requirements. Additionally, by Executive Order of the South Carolina Governor’s Office, three or more people in a group is prohibited until further notice. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines and to practice social distancing by remaining at least six feet from others on the trail.

 

Updated 3/25/20.

There’s nothing we love more than connecting community members like you to the beautiful natural places of the Carolina Piedmont. However, the health and safety of you, our team and our volunteers is incredibly important to us. Out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, and based on guidance from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, we have made the decision to cancel all programs and events through the end of April. We will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate beyond March as we receive further guidance from health organizations.

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we all navigate this challenge together. As of now our office is open regular business hours, however, many of our staff are working remotely and response times may be a little longer than normal.

If you are looking for a way to get outside and out of confined spaces, we encourage you to explore the Thread Trail on your own, while maintaining safe social distancing. You can find a trail near you at carolinathreadtrailmap.org. We look forward to bringing our programs and events back to you when it is safe to do so!

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