Pharr Yarns Preserve is a 95 acre tract of undeveloped land along the South Fork River in Gaston County connecting Lowell and McAdenville. This tract features one of the most scenic natural trails in the Charlotte region.
Pharr Yarns Preserve, made possible through a generous donation made by Pharr Yarns and the Carstarphen family, offers walking trails and river access as part of the Carolina Thread Trail (the Thread), a fifteen-county network of trails and conservation areas connecting more than two million people in the Carolinas. The preserve features 3.45 miles of river frontage, 69 acres of wetlands, protects 18,000 feet of riparian corridor and provides habitat for numerous species of wildlife and plants. The preserve will serve as a key link of conserved lands along the South Fork.
In March 2009, Gaston County adopted its Carolina Thread Trail master plan. The plan outlines the long-term course for greenway and trail development within the county and integrates local trails with regionally significant trail segments and conservation corridors. Gaston’s plan identified the South Fork Corridor, home of the Pharr Yarns Preserve, as a priority corridor for near term trail construction. The trail segment that runs through PYP will join the existing blueway, a paddling trail extending from the Spencer Mountain River Access downstream to the R.Y. McAden River Access, which opened in September 2009. Ultimately, The Thread’s South Fork Corridor will offer 9.5 miles of multi-use trails for public enjoyment. ￼