Winston-Salem Strollway

North Carolina

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Winston-Salem Strollway Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Forsyth
Length: 1.2 miles
Trail end points: w. 4th btwn Cherry & Liberty Sts. and Salem Ave & Old Salem Rd.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016432
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Winston-Salem Strollway Description

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.

Parking and Trail Access

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,

Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102
(336) 727-2063

Winston-Salem Strollway Reviews

It could be a great way to move around downtown but the surface of the trail is broken and rough. For biking it is smoother to roll on the road that runs parallel to the road. I think if you were walking on it you would have to look down to make sure you don't trip over the broken surface.

"Nice area trail. This paved trail starts in the parking lot of the Marketplace mall, winding its way through Washington Park for about 3/4 mile. Then there is a 1/4 mile section where the trail is poorly marked as it crosses Broad and Main Streets. Follow the pea gravel sidewalk to Central Park. From here the trail runs without interruption or street crossing for 3.5 miles, all the way to Salem Lake. The beginning is a bit run down, but the scenery improves dramatically as you approach the lake. The lake has a seven mile dirt trail around it, which is beautiful. You can also rent canoes and picnic. Salem Creek Trail is perfect for biking, rollerblading, walking, and running. Salem Lake Trail is excellent for mountain biking, walking, running, and even horseback riding (before 10:00am only). "

"This trail connects the historic restored Moravian village of Old Salem with downtown Winston-Salem (about 1 mile one-way). The leafy trail, roughly parallel to and one to two blocks west of, S. Main St., is wide and constructed of an excellent solidly-packed stone surface (small river stone, not gravel!). It is suitable for bicycles, strollers and foot travel. Ample parking is available (and recommended) across S. Main St. at the Old Salem Visitors Center. (While in Old Salem, be sure to visit the many historic exhibits, God's Acre cemetery, and the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts. The campus of Salem College is located in Old Salem.) Other parking is available at access points on the way north to downtown. In downtown, there is limited on-street parking at the trailhead, or in the parking deck on Cherry St. betwen 4th and 5th St. From the Old Salem Visitors Center, you can cycle (or walk) one block east to the center of Old Salem and turn right (south) on S. Main Street. Go to the end of the road and cross Salem Avenue, angling to the left, where you will see public tennis courts. Here, the Winston-Salem (Salem Creek) Greenway continues east about 2-1/2 miles on a paved path to Salem Lake (and connecting to a 6.7 mile unpaved path around the shoreline of the lake and suitable for jogging, walking or wide-tired bicycles) or west on a paved path 2 miles to Marketplace Mall. Many cyclists like to start at Salem Lake and cycle to Old Salem and back. "

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