Explore the Carolina Thread Trail in Cabarrus

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Find fresh air and plenty of beautiful outdoor spots to connect with nature in Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina.

September 1, 2019

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.

Carolina Thread Trail Segments in Cabarrus County

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).

Bakers Creek Greenway/ 8th Street Greenway – 1.5 miles

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.

Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail – 2.1 miles

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.

Harold B. McEachern Greenway – 0.8 miles

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.

Hector H. Henry II Greenway – Mills at Rocky River Segment – 2.7 miles

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.

Hector H. Henry II Greenway – Moss Creek Segment – 1.3 miles

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.

Hector H. Henry II Greenway – Riverwalk Segment – 2.6 miles

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.

Irish Buffalo Creek Greenway – 3.1 miles

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.

Marvin Caldwell Park Trail – 0.3 miles

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.

Pharr Family Preserve Trail – 1.7 miles

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.

Pharr Mill Park Trail – 0.4 miles

Located in Harrisburg, this boardwalk/paved trail runs through Pharr Mill Park which is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Wildlife Habitat.

Riverbend Farm Trail – 0.8 miles

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.

Walter M. Safrit Park Trail – 0.2 miles

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.

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