The inaugural hike on the new trail will be led by a local Girl Scout troop
Girl Scouts and The Thread will hold a ribbon cutting to open a new 2.2-mile trail that will be part of the Carolina Thread Trail on Saturday at 10am. The inaugural hike will be led by Girl Scouts from Troop 1377. This natural surface trail, which will officially open to the public beginning on Nov. 9, will weave through a 358-acre permanently conserved area that's protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy within the Girl Scouts' Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs in Iredell County. The trail will be called Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council Trail.
"One of our four local program focus areas is environmental leadership and the conservation of the area and opening this trail furthers our efforts to help our girls live, explore and experience part of the Girl Scout law, "to use resources wisely," "said Sally Daley, chief executive officer of the Hornets' Nest Council.
The new trail is one of nine segments, totaling 14.4 miles, in Iredell County that are part of The Thread. There are currently 135 trail miles of The Thread open to the public across the region.
Trails are vegetated natural buffers that help improve water quality, reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat, recreation, transportation, conservation, fitness and economic benefits for all to enjoy.
A portion of the new trail crosses an area designated as an NC State Significant Natural Heritage Site, providing unique access to explore a natural and ecologically rich area. Oak Springs, located on a 673-acre campus, is a regional destination for Girl Scouts and provides camp activities and educational experiences for girls from Anson, Cabarrus, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York, S.C., counties.