The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that extends across fifteen counties in North and South Carolina. There are over 220 miles of trails currently open to the public – linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions. The Carolina Thread Trail was formed in 2005 with the idea of preserving natural areas and as a place for exploration of nature, culture, science and history.
Eventually, it is hoped that the various segments of the Thread Trail may be linked together providing a nature trail across the region. The Thread Trail is financed with both private donations and public funding.
Lincoln County has four important portions of the Thread Trail. In the east, there's the Forney Creek Trail that runs a total of 2.4 miles in two segments, a northern 1.3-mile natural surface trail that ties directly into the northern boundary of the Sally’s YMCA Trail segment, a 1.1-mile trail.
In Lincolnton, there are two trails: the .3-mile Ramsour's Mill Trail that runs behind the historic Ramsour's Mill Battleground near Clark Creek and the Marcia Cloninger Rail Trail through the heart of Lincolnton.
Over at Laboratory, there's the current South Fork Rail Trail, an .8-mile trail running along the South Fork River from near the bridge on Laboratory Road to South Fork Road in the 324-acre Rhyne Preserve. The land surrounding the trail is protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy and the natural surface and crushed gravel trail is perfect for a light hike or a mountain bike ride.
On Wednesday afternoon (April 22nd) a ribbon-cutting was held to mark the beginning of work on a new additional 1.4-mile stretch of the South Fork Rail Trail along the South Fork River on the other side of South Fork Road.
Wednesday evening, the group WALC (Wandering Around Lincoln County) held a fundraising event at Laboratory Mill. WALC is a non-profit organization formed in 2012 to support and advance conservation and trail work in Lincoln County.
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