First Broad River Trail

The First Broad River Trail is a natural surface trail that follows the First Broad River. This is a 1.5-mile trail which runs under a steel railroad trestle and over the First Broad River via a 170-foot-long suspension bridge.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Mountain biking
Shelby (NC)
1.5 miles, One Way
Easy, Moderate
Natural surface
Motorized Vehicles
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
Dawn - Dusk


This section of the Carolina Thread Trail is a 1.5-mile natural surface trail which follows the First Broad River in Shelby, NC. Take in the great views from this trail which runs under a steel railroad trestle and over the First Broad River via a 170-foot-long suspension bridge. Ramp decks are located on both ends of the bridge to provide accessibility. The river outlook is perfect for wildlife and bird viewing and a hand-carry boat launch conveniently located near the trailhead parking lot offers easy access for paddling.

Other Information

Visit the City of Shelby's website for more information.

Trail Manager

Contact for more information:

City of Shelby
850 W Sumter St
Shelby, NC 28150

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Trailhead Information

Parking Address and Trailhead Location: West Grover Street, Shelby, NC 28150 MAP

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April 10, 2023
Hi Jerry,

Thank you so much for letting us know about this! We'll pass the message on to our municipal partners who maintain the trail so it can be addressed asap.

-Carolina Thread Trail Team
April 08, 2023
I am a regular hiker on the trail and have noticed that the bridge is tilting more and more seems each time I go! It's tilting at about 30% now but is getting worse and someone needs to go check this out pronto.
June 29, 2022
Hi Kelly,
Yes, the bridge is officially open again! It's even bigger and more impressive than the previous bridge. Definitely worth checking out!
-CTT Team
June 28, 2022
Does anyone have an update on whether the bridge is open again yet?
April 04, 2022
As of 4/03/2022 Bridge is about halfway complete
January 07, 2022
Hi Jennifer,

The section of the trail with the suspension bridge is still closed, with an anticipated reopening at the end of February. However, the trail is open and accessible from the parking lot of the Ingles at West Dixon Blvd and Polkville Rd.
-Carolina Thread Trail Team
January 06, 2022
Hi, is the trail open again? Thanks!
December 28, 2021
Thank you for letting us know about this. We will reach out to our municipal partner to get more information on the trail closure. In the meantime, we hope you can find one of our other trails to enjoy!
December 28, 2021
Trail is CLOSED at W Grover street entrance. Surly construction worker made us aware in an unnecessarily harsh manner.
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