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Top Places to Walk in Winston-Salem

One of our favorite things about Winston-Salem is all the wonderful places to walk. From neighborhoods to long trails, Winston is full of places to explore if you are an outdoor lover. Here are some great places to walk or run in Winston-Salem!

Updated July 2023

Graylyn Estate

Graylyn Estate, a luxury hotel near Reynolda Village, is full of beautiful architecture and gorgeous landscapes. No matter where you look, you feel like you are in a charming French Village. Walk past the main building, and you’ll find the mews and bridge.

Pro tip: Walk around Graylyn when the sun is setting!

 

Bethabara Greenway

The 2.7-mile greenway connects the 300-year-old Moravian settlement of Bethabara with nearby neighborhoods and shopping centers. The greenway is flat and easy terrain that is ideal for biking, running, or walking. Check out the map below to learn how to access the greenway!

Long Branch Trail

Long Branch Trail runs from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, through Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, under Business 40, to Salem Creek Greenway. In total, the trail is 1.7 miles long. You are guaranteed to see beautiful views of the city and lots of dogs on the trail! This trail connects with the greenway along Salem Creek and Salem Lake, so you can keep on walking and enjoy more time outside.

Reynolda Gardens & Trails

Everyone in Winston knows and loves Reynolda Village, but did you know there are walking trails behind the village? Walk past the garden, past the Reynolda house, and keep walking as if you are walking to Graylyn. You will see a large field and a path with beekeeping drawers/containers alongside. Take a walk on this path and enjoy the fresh air until you end up at a fork. Go left to take you straight back to the village, and go right for a longer path where you will walk past a beautiful scene of bridges, ponds, and benches.

Hanes Park

In the heart of West End, you’ll find the beautiful Hanes Park. It is a great spot for walking, full of beautiful bridges and stunning nature scenery. With track and tennis courts on-site, it is also a great place for sports, playing on the playground, and throwing around a frisbee after your morning walk.

Pro-Tip: We highly recommend going in the fall – the leaves are incredible!

The Downtown Strollway

This 1.2-mile path connects downtown with Old Salem. Although it is not that long, the Downtown Strollway is beautiful, and you can even take a trip around the historic Old Salem on your walk. This stroll way also connects you with the beautifully paved and long Salem Creek Greenway if you want to keep walking.

Salem Lake

Salem Lake has seven miles of mostly shaded walking, biking, and running paths. This trail is great for long walks or runs. It is a little hilly at some points, but the shade from the trees is perfect. You are bound to see a bunch of turtles sunning themselves on logs in the lake. Feeling adventurous? Rent a kayak after your walk and explore the lake from the water!

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Salem Creek Greenway

This 5.2-mile greenway starts in Washington Park and takes you all the way to Salem Lake. If you are looking for a long run or bike trail, this is perfect because it connects to the Salem Lake trail where you can do an additional 7-mile loop!

Muddy Creek Greenway

A flat greenway that winds through open meadows, horse pastures, and a forest. Muddy Creek Greenway runs nearly 3 miles along Muddy Creek from Country Club Road, through Jamison Park, under Robinhood Road, and ends at the bridge to the Summerfield Development opposite Jefferson Elementary School. Chances are good you will see some horses grazing in the meadows. This is a great place to go rollerblading as well!

Tanglewood Park

Tanglewood Park is the former estate of Will and Kate Reynolds. Now a public park, Tanglewood offers fishing on two stocked lakes, pedal boats, tennis courts, an Aquatic Center, picnic shelters, rental venues, trails, horse stables, gardens, golf, and more. As you can see, there is plenty to do at the park, but we recommend at least walking around their multi-use 2.2-mile loop! It’s an easy walk that takes you all over the property with beautiful views of Tanglewood’s many amenities.

Stuart & Emma Thomas Memorial Trail

This trail is located downtown in the heart of Winston-Salem. It’s a two-and-a-half-mile walk with beautiful views of rolling pastures, old oak trees, and glimpses of the city skyline. There are a few hills and dips in the trail, but nothing you can’t manage at a gradual pace.

 

 

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