UC Heritage Trail Becomes Part of Carolina Thread Trail!

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trailhead sign at Union County Heritage Trail

The Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Union County Heritage Trail is now officially part of the Carolina Thread Trail system! Led by the Catawba Lands Conservancy, the Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of trails covering 1610 miles in 15 counties in North and South Carolina that connect 2.9 million people.

A big thank you and congratulations go to Carol Larrimore, Union County Class of 2010, Master Gardener℠ volunteers, for her leadership, dedication, and many hours of hard work in creating the Heritage Trail and to getting it included as a part of the Carolina Thread Trail system. Carol lead the effort with help and support in the planning, development, and building of the Heritage Trail from the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Union County, local Boy Scout Troop #1 of the  First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, Eagle Scouts, Bill Smith, Lisa Thompkins, Larry Mellichamp, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Union County Center, and Union County Parks & Recreation.

The Heritage Trail portion of the Carolina Thread Trail connects with Union County Parks & Recreation Jesse Helms Park trail. The signage for the Union County Heritage Trail portion of the Carolina Thread Trail was installed on Friday, October 17, 2019. The Trail is open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. The Trailhead begins at the entrance to the Heritage Trail at the south end of the Union County Agriculture Center property (3230 Presson Rd, Monroe, NC 28112), adjacent to the parking lot.

Visit the Carolina Thread Trail website to see a map.