Salem Lake Loop

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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One of the Triad’s earlier greenways, this hike makes an extended loop around Salem Lake. Leave the busy day-use area near the dam and then cruise the shoreline, winding into embayments and out to peninsulas. Watery views are plentiful along the mostly dirt track. If you are looking to break into a longer hike, this is a good one to start with. Despite a paved beginning, the vast majority of the trail is gravel or natural surfaces, which are easier on the feet. Elevation changes are minimal, which makes the distance more doable. Tall pines and hardwoods shade the wide trail, which is popular with joggers and bicyclists as well is hikers. Resting benches are placed sporadically along the trail. Occasional singletrack paths, created by mountain bikers, spur off the main trail. Oak, beech, dogwood, and elm are just a few of the trees that will shade you. Sweet gum and cedar line the way as well.

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"One of the Triad’s earlier greenways, this hike makes an extended loop around Salem Lake. Leave the busy day-use area near the dam and then cruise the shoreline, winding into embayments and out to peninsulas. Watery views are plentiful along the mostly dirt track.

If you are looking to break into a longer hike, this is a good one to start with. Despite a paved beginning, the vast majority of the trail is gravel or natural surfaces, which are easier on the feet. Elevation changes are minimal, which makes the distance more doable.

Tall pines and hardwoods shade the wide trail, which is popular with joggers and bicyclists as well is hikers. Resting benches are placed sporadically along the trail. Occasional singletrack paths, created by mountain bikers, spur off the main trail. Oak, beech, dogwood, and elm are just a few of the trees that will shade you. Sweet gum and cedar line the way as well."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Winston-Salem
Distance: 6.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Spring and Fall
Local Contacts: Salem Lake Park
Local Maps: USGS Winston-Salem East
Driving Directions: Directions to Salem Lake Loop

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May 2018