Two Piedmont greenways, two adventures

Downtown Winston-Salem looms at the end of the north end of the Strollway.

We’ve added two more greenways to our greenway guide, both of which offer a potential day of escape, especially for young families.

Smithfield: Buffalo Creek Greenway. When we stumbled across this work-in-progress in spring 2010, we were surprised by the audacity of such a project (a $1.2 million, 3.3-mile greenway) in a relatively small town (population 13,000ish). The greenway joins the  city’s historic center with new development on the north side of town. Starting at Bob Wallace Kiddie Park (and Riverside Cemetery, worth a visit in itself), the greenway skirts the Neuse River (passing the Neuse Little Theatre), then follows Buffalo Creek out to Smithfield Community Park, home of the new (2009) Smithfield Recreation & Aquatics Center, complete with indoor pool and splash park, indoor track, racquetball, basketball courts and more. Meanwhile, back downtown Smithfield’s wide streets and minimal traffic make exploring by bike enjoyable even for the newest of peddlers. Destinations include the Ava Gardner Museum and 75-year-old Howell Theatre and $3 movies.

Winston-Salem: Salem Lake/Salem Creek/Strollway trails. These three paths connect to form a 14.6-mile trail offering everything from sylvan escape along Salem Lake to urban exploring in downtown Winston-Salem. The Salem Creek Trail, which links the aforementioned, takes in three parks (Civitan, Washington, Reynolds) and passes Winston-Salem State University and Salem College. The network is also attractive to runners looking to get in some long miles minus the long hills.

6 thoughts on “Two Piedmont greenways, two adventures”

  1. It’s too bad that the government (Town of Smithfield) decided to get into the swimming pool / health club business. The debt is killing us on the loan and we can’t make enough money with it to even pay the utility bill. On top of that it competes directly with private health clubs in our town that are already struggling. And it’s even put a couple local community swimming clubs out of business. It’s a sorry day.

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