Every year on the first Saturday in June, outdoor enthusiasts lace up their hiking boots and join adventurers across the country in an effort to promote, maintain, enjoy and honor the more than 200,000 miles of trails in the United States as part of National Trails Day. This year, on June 3, the Carolina Thread Trail is hosting a public gathering at the South Fork Trail in McAdenville. As a family-friendly festivity, the event will feature guided hikes, free kayak rentals from Suns Up Scuba, nature activities, yoga, and lawn games for adults and kids alike. Though no motorized boats are allowed at the event, guests are invited to bring their own kayaks and canoes for paddling on the South Fork Catawba River.
Like any good Carolina get-together, the Carolina Thread Trail’s National Trails Day celebration will have plenty of food and beverages for guests. The Mayobird food truck and King of Pops will be on hand, and Blue Blaze Brewing will debut its new Carolina Thread Trail Pale Ale as an exclusive bonus. Music from the White Water Bluegrass Band with Anthony Scruggs will cap off a day to remember.
The Carolina Thread Trail and its lead agency Catawba Lands Conservancy are dedicated to preserving and saving our land by connecting people to nature. With more than 260 miles of trails and greenways and 170 miles of blueway open to the public, the Carolina Thread Trail spans across fifteen counties in North and South Carolina. It’s an invaluable initiative that can have numerous positive impacts in the wider community by providing health benefits, economic boosts to counties and states and enrichment to the environment and habitats of many animals.
If you’d like to support the Carolina Thread Trail initiative, there’s no better time than this Saturday. Bring the family out, pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat from the food truck. Sample that newly debuted Carolina Thread Trail Pale Ale and listen to some bluegrass music. Rent a kayak for a free ride down the river. But most of all, come. Come and support nature and trails. Come and support the outdoors!