Our goal was to hike the Gastonia portion of the Thread Trail. The Carolina Thread Trail is a series of trails that connects 15 counties and 2 states together with 132 miles of trail. These trails are not all connected tho, at least not yet.
The portion of the trail we did is called the South Fork Trail, and is about 2.2 miles long. It runs along side the beautiful south fork of the Catawba River.
This area was subject to a series of floods over the spring and summer, but the cache owners have been awesome at keeping the caches maintained, so we managed to find 8 of the 9 active caches, with one DNF.
Kudos to the COs for awesome cache maintenance. Well done!
The trail itself is mostly flat, and is a wide dirt path. We parked at the southern end, and worked our way north. One of the first major features is this rail bridge:
I am an absolute sucker for nature growing out of rocks and other hard things. Nature always seems to find a way. It was awesome to see this full sized tree growing out of an old bridge support. You can also see a tree growing out the side, and that one is actually lifting the entire structure up. The bridge support is a good 8ft above the water, so that is a significant amount of weight. You just can't help but respect nature when you see something like this.