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Salem Lake Trail


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The unpaved Salem Lake Trail is not technically a greenway, yet many bikers, joggers and ramblers consider it a wilder and wetter extension of Salem Creek Greenway. Hugging the 365-acre lake's irregular shoreline, the trail offers shifting views of light on water and, almost always, a glimpse of a heron quietly fishing in the shallows. There is no development beyond the pier, boat launches and fishing station by the dam.

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  • Length: A 7-mile loop.
  • Surface: Unpaved, uneven.
  • Terrain: Long hills.
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
  • Parking: Paved and unpaved lots by the fishing station and picnic area. A gravel lot up the hill on Salem Lake Road is used when the gates to the lake are locked. Also: paved parking at the Linville Road end of the lake; a small unpaved lot at the end of New Greensboro Road, used primarily by horseback riders.
  • Amenities: Posted maps, distance markings, benches, bulletin boards. Restrooms and refreshments in the fishing station. Water at Linville Road parking lot. Horses are permitted. Also at the dam end: fishing, boat rentals, picnic tables with grills, playground.
  • Connects to: Salem Creek Greenway, Salem Lake Road, Linville Road.

The north side of the trail, though still unpaved, is less hilly than the south side.

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