Trail & Greenway Biking
One of the best ways to explore the NC Triad and its natural marvels, all the while pumping your adrenaline on two wheels, is on the trails. Numerous parks throughout the Triad offer paved trails to both pedestrians and bicyclists. Greensboro alone is home to over 90 miles of bike-friendly greenways and trails, including a 1.5-mile paved trail around Country Park. Winston-Salem has 25 miles of greenways, including the 7-mile multi-use trail around Salem Lake and a 5.2-mile paved Salem Creek Greenway connecting Salem Lake to downtown. Perfect adventures for the whole family.
Those wanting a little more challenge might want to check out the 170 miles of mountain biking trails the Triad has to offer. Many local parks (such as Tanglewood in Clemmons and Finch Park in Lexington) offer mountain bike systems ranging from beginner level to advanced. Hanging Rock State Park includes 15 miles of mountain bike trails, accessible from the parking area on Moores Spring Road, welcoming mountain bikers familiar with rock, gravel, and dirt trails of intermediate difficulty. The Uwharrie National Forest offers 40 miles of mountain bike trails open year-round that suit every experience level in both the Wood Run Mountain Bike Trail system and the Badin Lake Recreation Area. The 6.0-mile Keyauwee Trail in the Wood Run area takes visitors through some of the park’s most beautiful natural areas, while the difficult Buttermilk Trail in the Badin Lake area offers a rocky path down the mountains’ most difficult terrain.
On-Road Bicycle Routes
Many of the Triad towns have locally designated bike routes. But for those looking for longer journeys, four of the state designated bike routes run through the Triad including the #2 Mountains To Sea, #4 North Line Trace, #6 Piedmont Spur, and #9 Sandhills Sector. For more information, check out the WalkBikeNC website with interactive map.