The Carolina Thread Trail

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Carolina Thread Trail, North Carolina
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Jason Johnson/Indigo Productions

The Carolina Thread Trail (CTT) is a network of trails and greenways that will eventually connect 15 counties and 2.3 million citizens in North and South Carolina, linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions. The CTT will be a catalyst for economic development, land preservation and healthier communities. Envisioned as a 20+ year effort, the trail aims to conserve more than 10,000 acres of riparian corridors within the Broad, Catawba and Yadkin Pee Dee watersheds, including up to 400 miles of stream and lake frontage.

The CTT private capital campaign has raised approximately $19 million towards a $40 million goal and will be leveraged with approximately $110 million in public funds.
TPL is working in partnership with the Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) and the Catawba Lands Conservancy to plan the trail and provide technical expertise to municipalities wanting to link to the CTT system.

The Trail's name was inspired by the Carolina region's rich heritage of weaving fabric. This intricate network of trails will weave together people, communities and nature—connecting Carolinians for generations to come.   

For more information and to view master plans by county, visit The Carolina Thread Trail website.

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