September 1, 2019
Find fresh air and plenty of beautiful outdoor spots to connect with nature in Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina. Each community in Cabarrus County is home to a portion of the Carolina Thread Trail, a developing regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.9 million people.
All suited for walking, hiking and running, these trails and greenways are the ideal spots to slow down in racing country. With the exception of the moderate Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail, each trail is rated ‘Easy.’ Some are also suitable for mountain biking and even provide access to paddle the Rocky River Blueway.
One-way distance is indicated below. Visit the links to find even more details including trail head location, parking addresses, special notes and hours of operation (with most operating dawn to dusk).
In Kannapolis, this 10-foot-wide paved trail through Baker’s Creek Park connects with 8th Street Greenway and Village Park. Stops along the way include the train and splash pad at Village Park and the historic GI Memorial House.
This moderate, natural surface trail and gravel road overland connector passes through a restored piedmont oak savanna and along fields of a local farm. Catch the view from a high bluff over Adams Creek.
This wide paved trail in Concord connects Downtown Concord with McGee Park and Les Myers Greenway. Find exercise stations for a circuit workout and plenty of covered benches for a picnic along the way.
Set out on this segment in Concord for scenic views along the Rocky River. A combination of gravel/crushed stone, natural surface and boardwalk, this is an easy trail with one moderately difficult section.
This peaceful paved trail in Concord connects local neighborhoods. Crossing a wetland, the trail features educational signage, an observation deck looking out over a pond and viewing point to watch for birds and wildlife.
This segment connects Weddington Road Bark Park with Embassy Suites and crosses through a wetland. The trail provides access to shopping and dining in the I-85 Exit 49/Concord Mills area.
This trail features two segments, a 0.4-mile natural surface segment within Vietnam Veterans Park and a 10-foot wide paved segment that is 2.7-miles in length.
Located in Concord, this paved trail runs through a 24-acre neighborhood park with amenities including basketball and tennis courts, a playground, skating circle and more.
This natural surface trail in Midland winds through 66 acres of alluvial forest protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. A canoe/kayak launch is 300 yards from trailhead.
Located in Harrisburg, this boardwalk/paved trail runs through Pharr Mill Park which is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Wildlife Habitat.
This natural surface trail in Midland runs alongside Riverbend Farm, a pumpkin patch that operates in October. It features easy grades and gentle slopes with a canoe/kayak launch a short distance from the trailhead.
A small section of the Carolina Thread Trail, this paved trail surrounds a City of Kannapolis community park with athletic facilities, picnic shelters and more.
Find the perfect place to stay and make time to explore even more of Cabarrus County’s great outdoors.