It’s all about local trails in the winter. You want to get out; you want to move beyond the gym and yet, you don’t have the whole day.
I’m on the North/South Carolina border and bumped into the Carolina Thread Trail out of Waxhaw, NC. I’m at a writing retreat/workshop but I need a little sunshine.
So Mica and I walked about four miles on a trail close to our lodging. Five minutes to drive to the trailhead, less than two hours on the trail, and we had seen something new.
The Carolina Thread Trail is a network of short walking, biking and horse riding trails around the Charlotte area. From Statesville (north) to just over the South Carolina border (south) you can pick up a piece of trail without much preparation.
Mica and I found our section between Waxhaw and Mineral Springs off McNeely Rd. opposite McNeely Farms, no longer a farm but a housing estate. Nice parking, a helpful sign board and we were off on a yellow-blazed trail.
The thread trail is really a thread. The Catawba Lands Conservancy managed to protect a linear piece of land with a stream. The trail, which follows the water course, is meticulously maintained with several fresh, brand-new bridges. Large well-spaced houses above the trail shows you how difficult to save land.
I think that the whole trail system is managed by the North Carolina State Trail System but I can’t find confirmation.
Here is one way the Thread Trail is different from National Parks. We passed a bench and tribune to a horse rider and (probable) donor – see the picture above. Friends of the Smokies, to pick one national park friends group, manages donations for Great Smoky Mountains National Park but the park won’t put up a bench for its donors.
We weren’t the only people on the trail this sunny Saturday afternoon. Walkers, dogs, horse back riders and us. A great way to get out!