Since the weather has been so up and down, the best way to experience the nice weather days is to get outside. Living in North Carolina makes it easier to enjoy these days by having so many spots to explore. This North Carolina trail with a suspension bridge should be the next on your outdoor to-do list.

The Carolina Thread Trail crosses over 15 counties and two states. Most of the trail is in North Carolina, but it crosses into South Carolina when you cross the suspension bridge in the middle of the trail. 

From the trailhead in Waxhaw, North Carolina to the bridge is one of the easiest hikes you'll take, with a great payoff in the end. 

This is the type of trail that you can decide how far you want to hike, or how quick you want your adventure to be. The choice is yours.

If you just want to see the swinging bridge, it is only a quarter of a mile hike to it. All you have to do is park your car at the Waxhaw trailhead and start your journey.

The suspension bridge that crosses over Twelve Mile Creek is approximately 170-feet-long. Since this is an older bridge, it can only hold 12 people at a time, which is a little frightening to think about. 

You'll actually cross over into South Carolina when you're about half-way across the bridge. Once you've made it across, you can either turn around and go back to the trailhead or continue on for about 3.5 miles to the end of this part of the Carolina Thread Trail. 

If you're a daredevil and love the thrill of these bridges, you need to travel to Grandfather Mountain to cross the 228-foot Mile High Bridge and then you need to head to Tennessee to adventure across the 680-foot bridge. 

 

Carolina Thread Trail 

Price: Free

Address: 1304 H.C. Nesbit Park Rd., Waxhaw, NC  

Why You Need To Go: This quarter of a mile hike will lead you to a weary suspension bridge that will get your adrenaline pumping. 


 

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