Feb 13, 2024 - Travel

⛰ More mountains to climb

Overhead view of Spencer Mountain.

You'll be able to see the Charlotte skyline from the top on clear days. Photo: Nancy Pierce/Courtesy of Catawba Lands Conservancy/Carolina Thread Trail

The Carolina Thread Trail is expanding to the top of Spencer Mountain thanks to a trail easement agreement between Catawba Lands Conservancy and WBTV.

Catch up quick: WBTV, Charlotte's CBS affiliate station and our news partner, owns Spencer Mountain, which is Gaston County's third-highest peak.

Why it matters: The agreement allows public access to more greenspace, giving people more options to play in addition to Crowders Mountain State Park.

Details: Community Trail Design has designed three miles of trails, including a loop at the base of Spencer Mountain and a more strenuous trail leading up to the 1,250-foot summit.

  • The trails will allow for hiking and cycling. They will also be accessible to people with limited mobility.
  • Plans include an observation area at the summit as well.
  • The trails will connect to Gaston County's George Poston Park once complete, which will connect it to the Matthews-Belk South Fork River Corridor extending south 23 miles to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

What's next: Construction should begin by 2026, pending the $800,000-plus in funding for construction is obtained.

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