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Carl Spangler Trail

The Carl Spangler Trail is a 0.75-mile segment named to honor a beloved Cleveland county community leader and Carolina Thread Trail supporter. The trail offers a shady walk along a former railroad bed, with glimpses of the First Broad River below.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking Mountain biking
Shelby (NC)
0.80 miles, One Way
Easy, Moderate
Gravel/Crushed stone, Natural surface, Sidewalk
Motorized Vehicles
Permitted on leash
Parking Spaces
Dawn - Dusk


The Carl Spangler Trail connects the First Broad River Trail to the northern neighborhoods of downtown Shelby at Lee Street. The trail transitions from natural and gravel surfaces in a wooded area to a concrete sidepath (10 feet wide) at Grover Street, where a pedestrian crossing is marked. A swing overlooking an expansive bluff of the First Broad River provides a perfect spot for a rest. The First Broad River flows through the center of the Cleveland County, NC, and joins the Broad River about 2 miles north of the South Carolina boundary.

Other Information

To learn more about Carl Spangler, read an article commemorating his life.

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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