The natural surface trail stretches 1.2 miles along Forney Creek in eastern Lincoln County. Access is across the road from Sally's YMCA. The wooded area provides an escape into nature, as the 85-acre preserve is protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy. The trail is fairly narrow, commonly referred to as single-track. An interesting feature is the 66-foot long suspension bridge crossing Forney Creek. This segment of the Forney Creek Trail is named after Kathryn G. Clark to honor the Clark Family for their dedication to conservation and donation of this preserve. The preserve also features a pond that is named in honor of David Clark, Sr. This Thread Trail segment is part of a larger network of trails on the property managed by Sally's YMCA. At the north end, it connects to an additional 1.3 miles of Thread Trail within the Catawba Springs Preserve.
Many species of oaks are found in the preserve, providing shade along the trail and shelter for the wildlife. Occasionally, trail visitors will be treated to the sight of an eastern box turtle or other small critters in the leaf litter.
An Imprint is an Impact. Please protect the trails. Don’t ride if the ground is muddy and be mindful when you hike in wet conditions.
Forney Creek Trail- Kathryn G. Clark is a part of the Butterfly Highway. "The Butterfly Highway is a statewide conservation restoration initiative that aims to restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization, land use change and agriculture across North Carolina. From backyard Pollinator Pitstops to large-scale roadside habitat restoration, the project is creating a network of native flowering plants to support butterflies, bees, birds and other pollen and nectar dependent wildlife." NC Wildlife Federation-Butterfly Highway Website”
Visit the Catawba Lands Conservancy's website for more information or contact:
A section of these trails is closed, please plan accordingly.
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