Best walking trails in Winston-Salem

We’re not just talking the talk — we’ve walked the walk — and we’re here to give you insider knowledge on where to head for your afternoon stroll.

WStoday: Salem Lake trail scenic view

Salem Lake walking trail scenic view.

WStoday team

Cooler temperatures are on the horizon, which makes it the perfect season for walking. Here are ways to stay active while discovering scenic views of fall foliage around Winston-Salem.

A few guidelines to keep in mind:

  • All city parks are open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Dogs in city parks must be leashed.

Hanes Park, 1404 W. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem | Located across from RJ Reynolds High School, the park’s walking trail is 1.1 miles long and features a 1/4 mile track. Pro tip: Parking on Hawthorne and Reynolda Roads tends to fill up in the evening during the school year, so plan ahead.

Reynolda House, 2250 Reynolda Rd. | Lace up your sneakers and get ready to be mesmerized by the views. Hit up any of the five trails around the House and enjoy more than two miles of trails, paved pathways and expansive meadow. Bonus point if you can find the waterfall. Pro tip: Dogs must be leashed.

Washington Park, 1490 S. Broad St., Winston-Salem | This 75-acre park features a 1-mile trail with off-street trail access. Pro tip: No leash is required in the dog park that is also on site.

Tanglewood Park, 4061 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons | More than walking trails, you can find horse stables, gardens, a golf course, and more. Pro tip: GPS may direct you to the back of the park which is inaccessible — the main park entrance is located off US Route 158.
If you want to go off the beaten path, one of our readers Tracy S. says Little Walden Nature Trail has a lovely small pond and is located behind the administration office.

Triad Park, 9652 W. Market St., Kernersville | Home to multiple citywide events, this park also features The Carolina Field of Honor, a symbolic area that pays respect to veterans.

Jamison Park, 285 Meadowlark Dr., Winston-Salem | This park features a dog park, playground, and shelters available for rent. Drive an electric vehicle? An EV charging station is located by the parking lot. Pro tip: A fun activity to do alone or with children is to look for little creeks during your walk.

Salem Lake, 815 Salem Lake Rd., Winston-Salem | Escape the busyness of life and get your zen on. There’s plenty to do at this lake— from fishing, boating, or taking on the 7-mile trail with a scenic view. You won’t be disappointed.

Miller Park, 400 Leisure Ln., Winston-Salem | Located in Ardmore neighborhood, this park features wooded trails and plenty of pathways. Walking trails are half a mile and a mile long. Picnic shelters are also available for rent.

Old Town Park, 4550 Shattalon Dr., Winston-Salem | The walking trail is about half a mile long. Drinking fountains are available with an open play area for children.

Winston Lake Park, 1344 Winston Park Dr., Winston-Salem | Enjoy beautiful scenery by the lake during your walk. The trail is 2.4 miles long next to the shoreline.

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