Salem Lake Trail

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Salem Lake Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Winston-Salem, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Parking lot on both ends of the lake. Better of the two is on Linville Rd.

5 days ago

Very nice and easy walking. Long but easy!!

6 days ago

wonderful trail in the shade!

27 days ago

This is a very nice loop around the lake. The trail is wide and nice lake views.

road biking
1 month ago

Nice wide trail and well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

This lakeside trail is beautiful in every season. It is long enough to use for long distance training and wide enough to accommodate it's popularity with 2 separate bathrooms located about halfway around the lake on either side. With all its amenities, it still feels very natural and remote throughout most of the trail. We always see lots of bird varieties, the occasional snake or deer and many turtles sunning themselves on logs. This is a favorite trail that we try to take in at least once per season. It is mainly flat with a few small inclines.

1 month ago

great trail. Salem Creek Greenway is a nice way to get there from Marketplace Mall

2 months ago

Excellent

3 months ago

great surface to walk on. nice clean restrooms.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Lovely bike train and it is for the most part shaded, loved biking along the lake for the entire ride. Kids loved it, saw wild bird, water snakes and turtles, fish and many happy faces enjoying the outdoors.

4 months ago

One of the best trails for any length of run. Soft surface full loop 7 miles, with markers along the way. Not super hilly however it’s definitely not pancake flat.

4 months ago

I think you can see good wildlife at Salem Lake and good trails and great for bikers hikers dogs and more great stuff at Salem Lake

5 months ago

I don't personally like this trail due to how heavily trafficked it is but I do believe it is a great place for dogs, children, or running. It is very easy regardless of the length you travel

trail running
7 months ago

Today was my first time running the Salem Lake Trail. It's great for running if you need a break from tripping on roots. I parked at the access off Linville and was pleased that they have clean, functioning restrooms there. Bikers, walkers and runners on the trail but it wasn't packed. Everyone seemed considerate of each other and I will definitely go back. Loved being able to run being surrounded by nature but also having a more groomed trail (crushed gravel) which allowed me to listen to music for once. Hardly any traffic noise. For a city park, great peace with distance.

trail running
7 months ago

Amazing, easy running trail. Winston-Salem parks department keeps this trail in great shape. I’ve lost track of the number of times of I’ve run this trail.

8 months ago

Peaceful and serene. It's like heading out to the mountains without actually having to drive to the mountains. This is my favorite place to jog in Winston. It's also fun (and rewarding) to bime the Greenway from downtown to the lake, even on my road bike. (I hear there are a lot of great mountain biking trails around the lake, too).

mountain biking
8 months ago

a local favorite. great for biking, jogging, or just a walk.

walking
9 months ago

Great well maintained trail.

walking
9 months ago

Nice trail..very fast. Beautiful lake..nice that you guys have trash cans along the trail..i wish Greensboro had them..but we can only afford an image consultant for the Mayor. Worth the drive for the walk..great job!!

hiking
10 months ago

What a beautiful and well maintained trail with a view of the lake for the entire 7 miles! One of my favorites!

11 months ago

Nice trail for a two hour walk around the lake.

walking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Beautiful paths mostly covered by trees, great for a warmer day.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

stays along lake the entire trail. lots of shade, great for hot sunny days.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

LOVE IT

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

nice trail!

Monday, July 03, 2017

mountain biking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Good track for consistency....

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

This is a nice hike with a wide trail.... the wildlife captures were great!

Friday, April 14, 2017

My family and I really enjoy this trail. I wouldn't really consider it a "hike" it's mostly flat, with some hills. Perfect for bikes. The trail is wide and easy to maneuver a double jogging stroller also. You can't beat the view either!

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

7 mile loop is defiantly longer than it sounds. The whole trail is pretty much flat with sandy gravel, with the exception of a few hills here and there. Very pretty views of the lake and some wildlife. NO RESTROOMS anywhere on the 7 mile loop.

walking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Been here multiple times but wouldn't consider this a "hike" trail for it's mostly flat pathway. Many runners and bikers, can become crowded at times but the view is pretty. Also can't stress the bikers enough.

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