River Trail and Cottonwood Trail

Trail Tips

See and Be Seen

Bring a flashlight or headlamp and wear reflective clothing when out after dark.


Parking Address and Trailhead Location: 126 Broad River Dr, Shelby, NC 28152. MAP




The Broad River Greenway portion that is designated Thread Trail includes the River Trail of 2.2 miles and the Cottonwood Trail of 1.8 miles along the Broad River. The Broad River Greenway area is approximately 1,500 acres of protected land on both sides of the Broad River in Cleveland County. It is owned by Cleveland County and the Town of Boiling Springs and managed by the Broad River Council. The Broad River Greenway joins more than 20 miles of multi-use trails along both sides of the river. A handicapped accessible interpretive area with educational displays is available. There is a fishing pier and canoe access, as well as a wooden playground and a number of points where one can rest on a bench, or enjoy a picnic with grills provided. The Broad River has been an important part of this community for many generations.

"Silence, and a sharp eye, might be rewarded with a glimpse of an Osprey, a Broad-winged hawk, Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Spotted Sandpiper, Pine Warbler, colorful Parula Warbler, or a Red-eyed Vireo.  The Greenway is also home to several types of duck.

Stay on the trail designated for your activity. Pedestrians and cyclists yield to horseback riders.


Other Information

Though the Broad River Greenway is designated Carolina Thread Trail, the Broad River is not.

Trail Manager

Visit the Broad River Greenway website for more information and a printable map or contact:



Broad River Greenway
PO Box 1015
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

126 Broad River Road
Shelby, NC 28152
Phone: 704-434-0040


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Broad River Greenway
(Courtesy: Carolina Thread Trail)

These two natural surface trail are part of a larger network of trails along the Broad River in Boiling Springs, NC part of the Broad River Greenway. This area includes access to the Broad River and group camping opportunities.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Mountain Biking
Horseback Riding
Location Boiling Springs (NC)
Shelby (NC)
Difficulty Easy
Length4.0 miles, One Way
Surface Gravel/Crushed stone
Natural surface
Fees $5/car, $35/year
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spaces30
Hours of operationDawn - Dusk

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Trail Tips

Road Walk Wisdom

Always walk facing the direction of oncoming traffic and wear bright clothing. Pay attention to oncoming traffic, and be prepared to give the right of way if necessary.

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