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Bethabara Greenway


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Bethabara Greenway follows Monarcas and Mill creeks on land first settled by Moravians in 1753. Now part of Historic Bethabara Park, the greenway is a fascinating and beautiful passage through both natural and historical landscapes.

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  • Length: 2.7 miles, part of a 9-mile network of woodland trails and wetland boardwalks through Historic Bethabara Park (HBP).
  • End points: Crowne Oaks Apartments to Reynolda Commons Shopping Center.
  • Surface: Paved between Old Town Road and Old Town Drive, and from Midkiff Road to Reynolda Road; otherwise, a variety of unpaved surfaces.
  • Terrain: Paved sections are flat.
  • Navigation: Bethabara Greenway is bisected by Old Town Drive. Pedestrians and cyclists should use extreme caution when crossing. There are blind curves in both directions, and currently no crosswalk or sidewalk. The City of Winston-Salem does have plans to upgrade this dangerous intersection.
  • Parking: Paved and gravel lots at HBP Visitor Center; at the end of Indiana Avenue Ext. (use the lot of Bethabara Moravian Church); unmarked gravel lots on Old Town Road; unmarked on-street parking at the end of Midkiff Road; unmarked paved parking at Reynolda Commons Shopping Center (from there greenway access is down a set of wooden steps on Reynolda Road).
  • Amenities: Benches, trash cans, bulletin boards, nature and historical interpretive signage.
  • Nearby amenities: At HBP Visitor Center (open 10:30-4:30 Tue.-Fri., 1:30-4:30 Sat. and Sun.): restrooms, water fountain, maps of trails. At Bethabara City Park (parking off Old Town Drive): portable toilet, playground, parcourse and picnic area with grill.
  • Connects to: One paved section of the Bethabara Greenway runs behind HBP's restored 18th century church and potter's house, archaeological ruins, reconstructed palisade fort and gardens. Reynolds Commons Shopping Center, at the Reynolda Road end of the greenway, offers a grocery, pharmacy, restaurants and other businesses.

The stretch of paved greenway behind Historic Bethabara can be easily reached from an entrance at the end of Indiana Boulevard Ext., off Bethabara Road beside Bethabara Moravian Church. Greenway users have the generous permission of Bethabara Moravian to park in their lot.

The paved stretch along Mill Creek is not easy to find. An accessible entrance is at the end of Midkiff Rd. (off Reynolda Road, past Old Town Drive), where you can park on the street. There is a bit of hill and some rough ground around the barricade, but after that it's smooth going.

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