As its name suggests, the Winston-Salem Strollway presents the perfect setting for a leisurely walk. Completed in 1988, the popular rail-trail links Winston-Salem's modern business district with historic Old Salem.
The first segment threads though several engaging downtown blocks and crosses beneath I-40. As you approach the underpass, the cityscape gives way to green spaces, fragrant magnolias and residential neighborhoods.
A half-mile farther you'll reach the Old Salem Visitor Center. If time allows, pop in and explore this restored historic district. Established in 1766 by Moravian craftsmen, it grew into a thriving trading center and reputable source of high-quality handicrafts. Today it's one of the country's most authentic and best documented colonial sites, boasting 100 restored and reconstructed buildings.
A half-mile beyond the visitor center, the Strollway ends at West Salem Avenue. If you have the energy, continue east on the connecting Salem Creek Greenway
, which skirts the creek for 4 miles and emerges on scenic Salem Lake.
Directions: To reach the central business district trailhead, take I-40 Business west to Exit 5C/Cherry Street, head north on Cherry, and turn right on Fourth Street. The trailhead is on Fourth between Cherry and Trade. Limited street parking is available, or you can use the public parking garage on Cherry between Fourth and Fifth.
To reach the West Salem Avenue trailhead from downtown, head south on Liberty Street, which merges with Old Salem Road. The trailhead is just west of the intersection of Old Salem and West Salem. Trail parking is available at the Old Salem Visitor Center (900 Old Salem Road, (888) 653-7253, www.oldsalem.org).
Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102