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4/23/2015 9:09:00 PM
Ribbon-Cutting Held For Extension Of South Fork Trail
Mayor John Gilleland and Suzanne Sellers of WALC cut the ribbon as County Commissioner Martin Oakes (left) and Chris Rhyne (right) look on.(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Kirk Herbertson)
Mayor John Gilleland and Suzanne Sellers
of WALC cut the ribbon as County
Commissioner Martin Oakes (left) and
Chris Rhyne (right) look on.

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Kirk Herbertson)

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Wayne Howard &
Kirk Herbertson

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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