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Salem Creek Greenway


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With its fascinating variety of landscapes, neighborhoods and parks, and with access to downtown, Old Salem and other cultural and commercial offerings, Salem Creek Greenway shows off Winston-Salem at its best. Our longest paved trail, Salem Creek is most popular among bicyclists, who can add the Salem Lake loop for an 18-mile round trip.

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  • Length: 5.8 miles.
  • End points: Marketplace Mall to Salem Lake.
  • Surface: Asphalt.
  • Terrain: Several long hills.
  • Navigation: The posted maps are essential: It takes some tricky turns to zig-zag over two pedestrian bridges and under Broad and Main streets, but it is possible to ride the entire trail without entering traffic.
  • Parking: Paved lots at Marketplace Mall (go all the way to the back); Washington Park (off Broad Street at the power station); behind the retail shopping area on Salem Avenue; at the tennis courts near the traffic circle at Main Street and Salem Avenue; and at Reynolds Park on Reynolds Park Drive (just west of the golf course). Paved and gravel lots at Salem Lake.
  • Amenities: Posted maps, distance markings, benches, bulletin boards. At Washington Park: portable toilet in parking area, workout stations, and dog park with dog waste station.
  • Nearby amenities: Restrooms and water at Salem Lake.
  • Connects to: Marketplace Mall, with shopping and food; Washington Park's picnic shelters, playgrounds, ball fields and basketball courts; the Strollway to downtown; Old Salem, the restored Moravian village with numerous museums; tennis courts at Central Park; Salem College; UNC-School of the Arts; Winston-Salem State University, with Diggs Gallery; Reynolds Park Golf Course; Reynolds Park recreation center and pool; Salem Lake, with boating, fishing, picnic areas and playground.

At Civitan Park there is a refreshingly flat stretch on this otherwise hilly greenway. With a handicapped placard you can park for free behind WSSU's Anderson Center (at the end of the parking lot that begins where Reynolds Park Drive dead-ends into Martin Luther King Drive). Take the sloping bridge over Salem Creek to the trail.

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