As Spring arrives in full force and flowers and trees begin to bloom, mild temperatures and sunny days seem to call to our souls to step outside and take in a bit of nature. The Winston-Salem community offers plenty of opportunities to get out and near nature, whether you are a cyclist, rollerblading fanatic, or just want to stroll along. This month, I’ll share a bit about just a few of the existing greenway trails in the area. Don’t let this list stop you from exploring further, I’ve included a link to the official Winston-Salem Greenways website so you can keep up to date on construction, planning, and the vision that is bringing communities together, one green step at a time.
Before I share with you my top Winston-Salem Greenway finds, let’s chat for just a moment about etiquette and rules. To help with the safety and mutual enjoyment of all residents, please keep in mind the following guidelines when you visit any Greenway:
- Greenways are closed from sunset to sunrise
- Pets much be kept on a leash at all times
- No motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed
- No alcohol or drugs may be carried or consumed on a greenway
- No weapons or fireworks are allowed
- Bikes are required to stay on main trails
- Cyclists 16 and under must wear helmets
And now for a little bit about “rules of the road” regarding trails:
- Bicyclists and skaters yield to pedestrians
- Keep to the right and pass on the left. Provide an audible warning before passing.
- Pull in your pet’s leash when bikes, skaters, or joggers are nearby
Now that you are ready to head out, here is my favorite of the ten current greenway trails across Winston-Salem. I selected this to share because it provides a unique experience, but all of the trails offer opportunities to dive into nature in different ways. In case this trail doesn’t appeal, check out the other trails.
This fascinating trail surrounds the lands first settled by Moravians in 1753. These lands are now a part of Bethabara Park and the greenway connects to additional woodland trails and wetland exploration areas that offer variety along the way. The greenway itself is 2.7 miles long, but connects to nearly 9 miles of trails and opportunities to explore. While visiting this area, you can explore Old Bethabara on your own, seeing historical buildings and reconstruction of key elements of the original settlements. As you explore the trails, look for historical markers and insights that share where mills and other town mainstays were located. The wooded trails will even lead you to the Strangers Graveyard, a place where those who passed during a visit to the area were laid to rest, and to God’s Acre, a Moravian cemetery steeped in history.
Winston-Salem is filled with lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy our beautiful region. The Greenway system is just one of the many benefits of living here. Check out the parks, by-ways, and trail systems as the weather gets warmer and the itch to get outside and explore emerges.
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