November 2012

Carolina Thread Celebrates Reaching 100 Miles of Trail

On November 16th, a public-private trails group, the Carolina Thread Trail, commemorated the opening of mile 100 within the 15 counties it operates in. Following an aggressive Master Plan calling for long term development of 500 miles of trail and successful fund raising, these first 100 miles have been developed in just a little over five years. A variety of trails are included within the Thread system, from paved greenways in urban areas to natural trails in more rural settings. The Highland Rail-Trail in Gastonia is a part of the Thread sytem. A Map of the Thread Trails system shows their locations. For more on the plans and progress of the Thread system please see this recent article from the Gaston Gazette.

Section of Little Tennessee River Greenway Re-opens

The portion of the Little Tennessee River Greenway near the Southwestern Community College (SCC) Macon campus and Macon County Library that had been closed during work on the Siler Road Extension project has been paved and has re-opened to pedestrian use. The "Little T" is located in Franklin, NC and was partially built on an abandoned rail corridor. Stop by and see some great views of the river if your travels take to you to western North Carolina. Our Fall 2011 Newsletter has much more on this fine little trail. For more on the re-opening see this recent article in the Franklin Press.