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Choose Your Own Trail Adventure The Carolina Thread Trail in Cabarrus County

Guest contributor: Alesia Dicosola, Catawba Lands Conservancy

With more than 250 miles of trails, greenways and blueways to explore, the Carolina Thread Trail offers recreation options for all abilities and interests. Here in Cabarrus County, there are more than 12.2 miles of Thread Trail, ranging from urban greenways to trails nestled deep in the woods. So what are you waiting for? Break out of the backyard or take your exercise routine outside with one of these signature Thread Trail experiences.

Harold B. McEachern Greenway (Concord, NC)

Connecting downtown Concord with McGee Park and the Les Myers Greenway, this wide, paved path is perfect for pedestrians and bicyclists. A series of exercise stations provide directions for a circuit workout along the way.

Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail (Mt. Pleasant, NC)

Enjoy views of a restored savanna, farmland, forest and Adams Creek along this 2-mile natural surface trail that traverses conserved land. Catawba Lands Conservancy is working to restore a Piedmont oak savanna onsite. This habitat type, which is home to numerous ground-nesting birds, is in decline throughout the Carolinas. 

Pharr Family Preserve Trail and Launch (Midland, NC)

This 1.7-mile natural surface trail offers a unique place to meander through a protected forest along the scenic Rocky River. The property also features a canoe and kayak launch 300 yards from the trailhead.

Hector H. Henry, II Greenway – Moss Creek segment and Weddington Road segment

The 1.5-mile paved Moss Creek segment connects local neighborhoods with the elementary and middle school. It also crosses a wetland and features educational signage and an observation deck.

The Weddington Road Trail located near Concord Mills Shopping Mall is a 1.3-mile paved trail that begins in a forested area behind the dog park, runs alongside the road and then crosses a wetland before ending at the Embassy Suites.

Coming Soon! The Thread Trail and Cabarrus County are working together to build a new 2.3-mile natural surface trail in Concord at The Mills at Rocky River subdivision off Rocky River Road. Construction will start this spring with an opening anticipated for late 2017.

About the Carolina Thread Trail

Emerging over time, this regional trail network will eventually span nearly 1,500 miles and connect 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Named for the Piedmont region’s rich heritage in the textile industry, the Thread Trail is a nod to our past and a cornerstone of a healthy and sustainable future.

The Thread Trail is helping to preserve stunning landscapes and ecologically rich areas, while also providing a pathway to discover places of historic and cultural significance. Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for the Thread Trail and works to protect and acquire land for public recreation.

To find a trail, visit the Thread Trail’s online map: www.carolinathreadthrail.org.

Photo credits: Nancy Pierce

Source: Journeys Magazine Spring 2017

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