On the Carolina Thread Trail

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!



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