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.
Updated October 2021
Graylyn Estate, a luxury hotel near Reynolda Village, is full of beautiful architecture and gorgeous landscape. No matter where you look you feel like you are in a charming French Village. Walk past the main building to find the mews and bridge. Pro tip – walk around Graylyn when the sun is setting.
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.
Map courtesy of the City of Winston-Salem’s Department of Parks & Recreation
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.
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 (you will see beekeeping drawers/containers along the path). Follow this path 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 come across a bridge, ponds, and benches.
In the heart of West End is Hanes Park. It is a great place for sports, playing on the playground, and throwing a frisbee, but it is also great for walking. It is full of bridges that lead you to the track and tennis courts. We highly recommend going in the fall – the leaves are incredible.
This 1.2-mile path connects downtown with Old Salem. Although it is not that long, you can walk around Old Salem. This stroll way connects you with the beautifully paved and long Salem Creek Greenway. Check out this map courtesy of the City of Winston-Salem’s Department of Parks & Recreation.
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 for the day and explore the lake from the water.
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 Salem Lake where you can do an additional 7-mile loop! Check out the map below, courtesy of the City of Winston-Salem’s Department of Parks & Recreation.
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 ending 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 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!