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Carl Spangler Trail

The Carl Spangler Trail is named to honor a beloved Cleveland county community leader and Carolina Thread Trail supporter. The trail offers a shady walk along the First Broad River.
Trail Uses
Accessible Experience Walking / hiking / running Paved surface biking Mountain biking
Shelby (NC)
1.2 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 Grover Street with a natural and gravel surface path. When the trail ends, there is a pedestrian crossing on Grove Street. The sidewalk continues to Lee Street allowing the hiker, biker and walker to go from an urban area to a natural area. Along the path there is a swing that overlooks an expansive bluff of the First Broad River, perfect 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
Charlie Holtzclaw-Director
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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