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

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wildlife

washed out

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

1 month ago

Excellent gravel trail. Great for biking and running. Beautiful views of the lake.

road biking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail but somewhat mediocre for road biking. Mostly packed earth with fair number of ruts, eroded areas and washouts, so probably better for mountain bikes or hybrids. I was here in late Dec, but I bet this venue is gorgeous in the fall. I'd love to come back during that season with a different bike. The map provided at the marina is virtually worthless, so I recommend seeking out a better one online.

walking
1 month ago

Great for bike, run, or walk. Also, great with or without your pups. There are also some trails off into the woods that are accessable by foot or by bike that are a little less crowded than the main trail.

4 months ago

Great view of the lake for almost the whole trail. Tends to be crowded though. Go early and/or during cooler months.

4 months ago

easy walk with large path for bikes too

mountain biking
5 months ago

Nice easy ride. Will be coming back!

5 months ago

Nice trail. Very crowded at times but everyone is mostly friendly. Most of the bikers are good and give u commands and of course some are rude and come very close because they dont want to hit their brakes. Its hard to fix stupidity! Not the trails fault and I will keep going back

5 months ago

Great exercise trail

6 months ago

Very nice and easy walking. Long but easy!!

6 months ago

wonderful trail in the shade!

7 months ago

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

road biking
7 months ago

Nice wide trail and well maintained.

hiking
7 months 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.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Excellent

9 months ago

great surface to walk on. nice clean restrooms.

mountain biking
9 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.

10 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.

10 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

11 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
Sunday, December 24, 2017

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
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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
Friday, November 24, 2017

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

walking
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Great well maintained trail.

walking
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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
Saturday, September 23, 2017

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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.

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