The Town of Midland and the Carolinad Thread Trail
The Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), also known as The Thread, is a regional trail network that will ultimately reach 15 counties and more than 2.3 million people. More than a hiking trail, more than a bike path, The Thread preserves our natural areas and is a place for exploration of nature, culture, science and history. For more information about the Carolina Thread Trail, please visit their website at www.carolinathreadtrail.org.
Beginning in July 2010 the Town embarked on an effort to explore the funding and construction of a designated “Blue-way” through the Midland area along the Rocky River. The river access points for paddlers may also serve to provide access points to segments of the Carolina Thread Trail along the river. Since that time, the Town has committed matching funds and received a grant to construct the River Bend Farm Trail and Rocky River Access. The Catawba Lands Conservancy has also constructed a third canoe access to the Rocky River known as the Pharr Farm Rocky River Access with 1.75 miles of trail. These trail and river access locations are opening in 2014 and will establish the first links of the Carolina thread Trail and the Rocky River Blueway.
Trails and Rocky River Access Points
1. Pharr Family Preserve Trail and Canoe/Kayak Access
The Pharr Family Preserve Trail was built and is operated by the Carolina Thread Trail. It is a 1.75 mile natural surface trail. It is located on the Pharr Family Farm Preserve in Cabarrus County in the Town of Midland. The address is 9111 Mount Pleasant Road South, Midland, NC 28107. The access point is located approximately 300 yards from the trail head.
For more information (operating hours, and pictures), please visit the official Pharr Family Preserve Trail and Canoe/Kayak Launch website.
2. Riverbend Farm Trail and Canoe/Kayak Access
The Riverbend Farm Trail and Canoe/Kayak Access was built by the Town of Midland with a grant from the Carolina Thread Trail. The land for the trail and river access was graciously donated by Jim, Mary, and Sarah Little. The address is 12150 McManus Road, Midland, NC 28107. The Riverbend Farm Trail is approximately 1 mile of natural surface trail that is part of the Carolina Thread Trail system.
The Canoe/Kayak access is currently the southern-most Cabarrus County put-in/take out site for paddle recreation on the Rocky River. The site is 4.5 river miles downstream of the Pharr Access point at Pharr Family Preserve Trail.