Socially distanced activities include guided nature walks, free kayak and bike rentals, yoga, stand-up paddleboarding and more to celebrate National Trails Day
What: In honor of National Trails Day, the Carolina Thread Trail is holding a free, community festival at Tuckaseege Park and Catawba Riverfront Greenway in Mount Holly, NC. The event is sponsored by Duke Energy, which last year completed construction of a key segment of the Catawba Riverfront Greenway through its property.
When: Saturday, June 5, 10 am-2 pm
Where: Tuckaseege Park and Catawba Riverfront Greenway
165 Broome Street, Mount Holly, NC
Details: This free, family-friendly community day features outdoor small group activities, including guided nature walks, free kayak and SUP rentals for paddling on the Catawba River, bike rentals and greenway tours, yoga classes, as well as outdoor lifestyle exhibitors and a farmers and artists’ market.
Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring their dogs. There is a dog park adjacent to the park. All dogs must be on leash while outside the dog park.
Four guided walks* will take place at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 am and 1:00 pm, two guided bike tours* at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, yoga* at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm and free kayak and SUP rentals and bike rentals will be available on a first come, first served basis throughout the day. One SUP class* will be offered at 1:00 pm. Guests are welcome to bring their own kayaks, SUPs or canoes. No motorized boats are allowed. *Pre-registration required.
A volunteer project will take place from 8:00-10:00 am to help improve the native habitat by removing invasive plants along the greenway.
Jeremey Davis of Elonzo Wesley, David Childers and The Mike Strauss Band will perform throughout the event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Maki Taco and Will’s On A Roll food trucks, King of Pops and Blue Blaze Brewing Co. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnics; however, no outside alcohol is allowed.
Participating community partners and outdoor exhibitors include GoGaston, City of Mount Holly Park and Recreation and more.
Catawba Riverfront Greenway is a 1.5-mile segment of the Carolina Thread Trail that runs along the Catawba River connecting Tuckaseege Park to the City of Mount Holly Municipal Complex.
For additional details, visit carolinathreadtrail.org/ntd
About National Trails Day: American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is the largest celebration of trails in the country, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. It inspires the public to discover, learn about and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics and trail stewardship projects. Learn more at nationaltrailsday.org.
Photo Credits: National Trails Day 2018 by Ronnie Taylor.
About The Carolina Thread Trail
The Carolina Thread Trail is a 15-county, two-state initiative designed to create a regional network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors that will link more than 2.9 million people. With technical resources and catalytic funding from the Thread Trail, local communities plan and implement their portions of this greenway system.
The Carolina Thread Trail region includes Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties within North Carolina and Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina. Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for the Thread Trail, which is working in partnership with Foundation for the Carolinas and many local partners. Currently, more than 300 miles of Thread Trail are open to the public. For more information, visit www.carolinathreadtrail.org