Driving the greenway train in the Triad is Greensboro, which currently has 32 miles of paved greenway — on its way to a goal of 300, according to Madeline Carey, assistant trails and greenways director for Greensboro P&R. The high point of the system currently is the 7.5-mile Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway, which eventually will extend from Stokesdale on the north to downtown.

The Atlantic & Yadkin will connect with the north end of the 15-mile Bicentennial Greenway being spearheaded by Guilford County Parks & Open Space. A little two miles of that greenway is done on the north end, a little over eight miles is finished to the south, in High Point.

The Triad’s other significant stretch of greenway is in Winston-Salem, the 5-mile Salem Creek/Strollway Trail, which links downtown Winston-Salem with Salem Lake.

Greensboro | Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway

7.5 miles

The Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway currently starts on Markand Drive and runs north-northwest parallel to Battleground Avenue past Country Park, the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and Greensboro’s watershed lakes area, including Bur-Mil Park. The watershed lakes trails — Wild Turkey, Owl’s Roost, Reedy Fork — are especially popular with mountain bikers. Currently, the greenway ends just above Strawberry Road, but Madeleine Carey, assistant trails and greenways director with Greensboro Parks & Recreation, says it eventually will extend four miles north into Stokesdale. On the south end, the trail will extend into downtown Greensboro.

At Old Battleground Avenue and Lake Brandt Road, is the northern end of the Bicentennial Greenway. Eventually, the Bicentennial Greenway will run south for 15 miles to High Point’s City Lake. At present, the trail runs 2.5 miles (primarily along Drawbridge Parkway). Find out about the High Point end here.

Atlantic & Yadkin milestones

High Point | Bicentennial Greenway

8.6 miles

Someday, the Bicentennial Greenway will link High Point’s Piedmont Environmental Center with the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway in Greensboro, a distance of about 15 miles. Currently, the Greensboro portion in partially done (on the northern end). But the High Point stretch is pretty much intact, the highlight being the 4-mile stretch south of Wendover Avenue through the Piedmont Environmental Center along the west bank of High Point Lake.

Actually, it’s not just the four miles of the 10-foot-wide, paved greenway; it’s the additional five miles of natural surface trail through the PEC and Gibson Park. The additional trail makes for extensive exploration by hikers, runners, birders and naturalists of all stripes. It’s one of the more diverse and family-friendly stretches of greenway you’ll find.

Bicentennial Milestones

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