This 1.7-mile (one way) Carolina Thread Trail traverses 66 lush, green acres protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. Located in the rural farmlands of Concord, it's an easy, 30-minute drive from uptown, but feels many miles away from the increasingly all-too-familiar walls of home and the extraordinarily well-worn routine route around the neighborhood.
North Carolina Wildlife Federation's Butterfly Highway, a statewide conservation effort to restore native pollinator habitats.
Rocky River Blueway boat launch for kayaks and canoes.
The Pharr Family Preserve Trail gates are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from fall through spring and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer. In the parking lot, you'll find a map kiosk, but no restrooms (so plan accordingly!).
How to get there:
Pharr Family Preserve Trail is located near 9111 Mt. Pleasant Rd. South, Concord, NC, 28205. Follow a long gravel drive to the trailhead parking lot. The trail begins next to the map kiosk.
Don't forget to pack:
- Comfortable walking shoes: Something supportive, but hiking boots are not necessary.
- Bikes and helmets: A fun option!
- Water: Bring plenty; there are no facilities for refills.
- Snacks or a picnic lunch: Take a break on the trail (there's a bench mid-way through) or at the trailhead.
- Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: The trail is mostly shaded, but not completely.
- Bug spray: Especially during warmer weather.