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Stretching from north of Lake Brandt south to Greensboro Country Park and beyond, the newly named Yadkin & Atlantic Greenway is really a combination of three greenway segments, now made into one: the Lake Brandt and Bicentennial greenways and the Battleground Rail-Trail.
The rail-trail occupies the abandoned bed of the Atlantic-Yadkin Railroad, which operated between 1899 and 1950. Some of the line was part of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway and ran from Wilmington, NC, to Mount Airy, transporting granite and, on occasion, visitors to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
Today, the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway rail-trail links neighborhoods, businesses and parklands. Beginning in the Lake Brandt area, Greensboro's oldest and second-largest reservoir, you'll experience beautiful lake views as you wind along the rail-trail though a mixed pine and hardwood forest alive with native wildflowers and wildlife.
Pause on any of several bridges, particularly the 140-foot H. Michael Weaver Bridge, to spot such common and migratory birds as bald eagles, blue herons, egrets and ospreys. Signs mark possible side trips on the Owl's Roost, Palmetto, and Nat Greene trails.
From the intersection of Old Battleground and Lake Brandt roads, the rail-trail runs through a residential neighborhood then crosses through Guilford Courthouse National Military Park before skirting the western border of the adjacent Greensboro Country Park.
At Pisgah Church Road, the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway carries on through what was once called the Battleground Rail-Trail. It runs parallel to Battleground Avenue (east side) to its terminus at Markland Drive.
Some of the rail-trail sections take slight jogs down city sidewalks. Just follow the A&Y logo (the front view of an old steam engine) to keep to the trail.
The greenway is part of North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail, an 1100-mile network of trails and roads connecting the Greater Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks.
There are numerous access points and places to park, including at Bur-Mil Park, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Greensboro Country Park. For more information, visit the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway website and click on the map links.
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