Trails - North Carolina

North Carolina

Working with local governments, community organizations and businesses, we help create and maintain: hiking and biking trails, river walks and greenways, safe and attractive locations for healthful exercise, and opportunities for children and adults to learn about animals and plants that live and grow here.


Rockingham County 

Smith River GreenwaySmith River Greenway

Eden, NC
Type of trail: Multi-Use
Length: 1.5 miles
Trail Head(s) Directions:

This popular trail is paved and predominately level and smooth, extending between the Eden Family YMCA on Kennedy Street and Island Ford Landing with a variety of interesting plants and wildlife found along the trail. The Eden greenway along the Smith River was a project of one of DRBA's founders, Mike Covey. The next phase of the planned city-wide system will extend the greenway up river beyond the bridge toward the Spray dam. DRBA thanks City of Eden Mayor John Grogan, members of the Eden City Council, planning director Kelly Stultz, Sam W. Smith, Inc., and the Annie Penn Community Trust (now the Reidsville Area Foundation) for making the greenway a reality.


Chinqua-Penn Walking TrailChinqua-Penn Walking Trail

2138 Wentworth Street
Reidsville, NC 27320
Type of Trail: Walking
Length: 1.7 miles
Trail Head(s) Directions:

From US 29 North, take the exit for NC 14 West. Travel for 3.2 miles to Salem Church Road and turn left. At the intersection of Wentworth Street, turn right and travel for 0.4 miles, past the Chinqua-Penn Plantation entrance to the walking trail entrance on the right. This lovely trail meanders along open pasture, creek, pond, and a mature hardwood forest. An informational kiosk at the start of the trail provides displays about the area. Points of interest along the trail include the Penns' Stew Site, Turkey Pond, a small waterfall, Lake Betsy, and a stone quarry. Migrating and breeding song birds frequent the site, including the Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting, and Eastern Meadowlark. The trail is open to the public and supported by the Friends of Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail. It is one of three sites in Rockingham County featured in "NC Birding Trail Guidebook."


Farris Memorial ParkFarris Memorial Park

2919 Park Road
Mayodan, NC 27021
Type of trail: Walking
Length: 1.1 miles
Trail Head(s) Directions:

From Greensboro on 220 North, take NC 704 exit toward 220 Business N Madison/Wentworth. Follow signs for Madison; turn right on South Market Street; 3rd left onto Decatur Street; left onto Ayersville Road; right onto South Ayersville Road; left onto Park Road. Located 2. 5 miles north of Mayodan, Farris Memorial Park Trail is a rustic wooded walking trail that goes around the lake and crosses the dam. Other park amenities include: 2 fishing piers, one of which is handicap accessible; restrooms, paddleboats, picnic shelters and amphitheater. Events at the park include concerts, miniature golf league, annual fishing derby and the Mayodan Antique Extravaganza. Park is open April 1 - October 1, but trail can be accessed year-round.


Haw River State ParkHaw River State Park

339 Conference Center Drive
Brown Summit, NC 27214
Type of Trail: Walking
Length of Trail: 2 miles
Trailhead(s) Directions:

Located at the headwaters of the Haw River on almost 300 acres, The Haw River State Park features nearly 3 miles of trails through Piedmont forests, fields, and uplands. Trails are accessed behind the Main Lodge. The park is along the proposed route of the Mountains to Sea Trail, and features The Summit, "a true outdoor environmental learning center, offering optional programming through the Haw River Program (HARP)." Other amenities include: multiple indoor classrooms, two outdoor amphitheaters, a six-acre lake and an expansive boardwalk that meanders through pristine wetlands. The park is open Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm and closed most state holidays. If the Summit is reserved for a weekend group, it will open during those reservation hours. Visitors are requested to check in at the front desk prior to using trails.


Idol ParkIdol Park

500 Westview Drive
Madison, NC 27025
Type of Trail: Walking and Biking
Length of Trail: ½ mile paved trail
Trailhead(s) Directions:

From Greensboro on 220 North, take NC 704 exit toward 220 Business N Madison/Wentworth. Continue on to W. Academy; left onto Westview Drive. This small park features a ½ mile greenway adjacent to a playground and picnic shelters suitable for children on bicycles, walkers of all ages and joggers.


Jaycee Park Trail Jaycee Park Trail (Reidsville Greenway)

124 Jaycee Park
Reidsville, NC 27320
Type of Trail: Walking
Length of Trail: 1.44 miles
Trailhead(s) Directions:

The first of Reidsville's proposed greenways, the Jaycee Park Trail, is a 1.1-mile path connecting Reidsville Middle School and Reidsville High School on South Park Drive with the Jaycee Park recreation area. The Jaycee Trail Extension, which was officially opened in May of 2007, connects the Jaycee Ball Park recreation area to the lower Jaycee Park on South Scales Street. The greenway was made possible through a grant from Annie Penn Community Trust (now Reidsville Area Foundation).


Lake Reidsville Recreational Park Lake Reidsville Recreational Park

630 Waterworks Road
Reidsville, NC 27320
Type of Trail: Walking
Length of Trail: 3 miles
Trailhead(s) Directions:

From US 29, take Exit 149 (Rockingham Community College Exit). Turn left at the top of the ramp. Go to the first stoplight and turn left, onto US 29 Business/South Scales Street. Go approximately 2 miles and turn right on Waterworks Road. The park entrance is 1 mile on the left.

This 750-acre lake is a Rockingham County's gem! It boasts two nature trails and one hiking/biking trail. The nature trails are featured in the NC Birding Guidebook. Walkers can access the first nature trail behind Shelter #1 heading toward the lake. Once at the lake, walk along the shoreline toward the campground, cross a walkway over a small cove, and continue on the trail in the campground area. The second trail head is located south of the Camp Store and weaves in and out of a disc-golf course. Multiple access points along the lake shore provide glimpses of wintering waterfowl. The Hiking/Biking trail is a one loop on the right directly across from the park entrance, and is currently being extended. Parking is allowed for the hiking/biking trail behind the kiosk across from the park entrance.

Lake Reidsville offers a number of other amenities including a camp store, a campground with 46 wooded sites with water and electricity (28 of which are full hook up), canoe/kayak boat rentals, fishing  piers, and disc golf. The park is open daily during daylight hours. Reservations for shelters and campground can be made by calling the lake at 336-349-4738.


Mayo River State ParkMayo River State Park

500 Old Mayo Park Road
Mayodan, NC 27027
Type of Trail: Walking
Length of Trail:
1.8 mile loop and ½ mile loop
Trailhead(s) Directions:

Traveling north on NC 220 from Greensboro, take the US 220 Business exit toward Stoneville, keep left at the fork and follow signs for Madison/Mayodan. Turn left on US 220 Business South. The loop trails are well-marked and run along a ridge, featuring native plants such as running cedar. Other park amenities include a park office/visitor contact station, picnic shelter with grills (accommodates up to 100 and may be reserved), three individual picnic pads each with table and grill, and pond fishing (N.C. fishing license required and posted creel limits apply). Total acreage for the entire park is presently 1,967 acres. The centerpiece is a restored pavilion-style picnic shelter designed by renowned architect Antonin Raymond. A protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, Raymond introduced a Japanese style of architecture to the U.S., incorporating local materials and creating buildings that are in harmony with the native surroundings

Rockingham County Animal Shelter TrailRockingham County Animal Shelter Trail

250 Cherokee Camp Road
Reidsville, NC
Type of Trail: Walking
Length of Trail: 1/3 mile
Trailhead(s) Directions:

The trail is located at the lower end of the parking lot of the Rockingham County Animal Shelter. This natural surface trail was the first of its kind created by DRBA specifically for a county animal shelter and inspired DRBA's "Tails on Trails" initiative to create wooded trails for animal shelters. The public is welcome to visit the shelter and inquire about taking a shelter dog for a walk on this beautiful forested path. The trail is made possible by grant funding from REI and support from Rockingham County and DRBA members.


Rockingham Community College Nature TrailRockingham Community College Nature Trails

215 Wrenn Memorial Drive
Highway 65
Wentworth, NC
Type of Trail: Walking
Length: 5 miles
Trail Head(s) Directions:

RCC's nature trails currently comprise the longest trail system in Rockingham County with features including pine and hardwood forests, creeks, waterfalls and a variety of native plant species. There are 3 trail heads: (1) adjacent the parking lot of the Humanities Building, (2) behind the ball field and (3) south of the Historic Village - all on Rockingham Community College Campus. Trail is made possible through support from Rockingham Community College, Reidsville Area Foundation and DRBA members. RCC Nature Trails are open to the public during daylight hours; contact DRBA for a map of the nature trails.

Knight Brown Preserve

The Knight Brown Nature Preserve, located in southwestern Rockingham County near Carolina Marina, is the Piedmont Land Conservancy's first preserve open to the public. This beautiful property will offer visitors a peaceful opportunity to enjoy the quiet beauty of nature.

With almost three miles of walking trails, the Knight Brown Nature Preserve showcases a wooded valley, two gently rippling streams, many different types of ferns, spring wildflowers and the rare eastern leatherwood shrub. The Preserve has an informational kiosk at the trail head, handmade benches at various places, two bridges and picnic tables.

The two large streams on the property feed into Belews Creek just before it flows into the Dan River. There is at least one vernal pool that is prime breeding habitat for spotted salamanders and other amphibians.

The main part of the Knight-Brown Nature Preserve was donated to PLC in 2008 by Cecilia Brown who lives in Santa Barbara, California. She inherited the property from her partner, Paul Knight, who was from Stokesdale, and did not want to see this beautiful property developed. She found Piedmont Land Conservancy’s website on the internet and donated the land to be used as a nature preserve. Cecilia Brown has donated additional tracts to add to the preserve.

Stokes County

Hanging Rock State Park

Danbury, NC
Type of Trail: Various Multi-Use
Length: Various lengths
Trail Head(s) Directions:

More than 18 miles of wooded passageways form a network of 12 trails at Hanging Rock State Park. Picturesque cascades and waterfalls, high rock cliffs, spectacular views of the rolling Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains, and a mountain cave are just a few of the rewards of exploring by foot. Persons with disabilities will enjoy a short wheelchair-accessible trail that leads to a rock outcrop. An accessible deck is located near the visitor's center for clear views of Hanging Rock.


Caswell County

Stream Walk Trail at Caswell CountStreamWalky Senior Center

Yanceyville, NC
Type of Trail: Walking
Length: 1800 feet
Trailhead(s) Directions

The Stream Walk Trail is a gravel trail - primarily used for fitness walking - that follows and provides visual access to occasional streams behind the senior center. This trail provides a loop for walkers when coupled with the entrance drive. Additional trails in the area are accessed from the Stream Walk Trail. DRBA has assisted in developing the senior center trails, which were planned by the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. Next stages of development for the Stream Walk Trail include adding amenities, such as benches, and creating naturalist education signage.


FlatlandTrailsFlatland Trail @ Caswell County Senior Center

Yanceyville, NC
Type of Trail: Walking
Length: 900 feet
Trailhead(s) Directions:

The Flatland Trail is a nature trail that is accessed from the Stream Walk Trail. Short in length, this meandering trail provides a change of pace from the fitness trail to provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and reflection. DRBA has assisted in developing the senior center trails, which were planned by the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. Next stages of development for the Flatland Trail include adding amenities, such as benches.

Orchard LakeOrchard-Lake Trail

Yanceyville, NC
Type of Trail: Multi-use, but not for equestrians or motorized equipment
Length: 1 mile
Trailhead(s) Directions

The Orchard-Lake Trail is a one mile (one way) nature trail that has two parts. One half mile of trail is located on county owned property - behind the Caswell County Senior Center - and is a portion of the Senior Center Outer Loops, as referred to in the Senior Center Trails Plan developed by the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments. This portion links the bridge on the Flatland Trail at the senior center to the trail crossing at Clubhouse Road. The other half mile section of the Orchard-Lake Trail follows a spring along part of its route between the orchard at Yoder's Market and the lake along Clubhouse Road. A link from this trail also provides a connection to the Days Inn in Yanceyville, giving guests an opportunity to leave the car parked and walk to the market or walk for exercise. Parking for the Orchard-Lake Trail is available at Yoder's Market.


Oakwood TrailsOakwood Trails

Yanceyville, NC
Type of Trail: Multi-use, but not for equestrians or motorized equipment
Length: 1 mile (and growing)
Trailhead(s) Directions

The Oakwood Trails are located adjacent to Oakwood Elementary School and the Caswell County Animal Protection Society. The first half mile portion is accessed from the animal shelter and provides an elongated figure eight trail system, providing options for a variety of loops and directions. The Oakwood Trails system is continuing to grow and will be an ideal beginner mountain biking trail once more mileage is installed. As of July 2013, trail has also been added at the end of Sunline Drive off of Firetower road. Preferred parking and access is via the Animal Protection Society property.


Forsyth County

Salem Lake/Salem Creek/Strollway Trails

Type of trail: Multi-Use
Length: 12.6 miles
Trailhead(s) Directions

Salem Lake Trail is located minutes away from downtown Winston-Salem. Salem Lake Trail offers a 365-acre lake with 6.9 miles of unpaved trail that offers a scenic view of the lake at all times. Bikers, runners, walkers, and horses are allowed on this trail. It connects to the Salem Creek Trail, which connects the lake and three parks. The Salem Creek Trail ties into the Strollway, a 1.2-mile paved path that ends in downtown Winston-Salem.

Surry County

Pilot Mountain State Park

PilotMtSurry County, NC
Type of Trail: Multi-Use
Length: 24.5 miles total
Trailhead(s) Directions

Pilot Mountain State Park is about 25 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Pilot Mountain is the westernmost peak in the Sauratown Range. The park has many mountainous hiking and bridle trails that offer great views of the mountains and wildlife.


Person County

Mayo Park

MayoRoxboro, NC
Type of Trail: Multi-Use
Length: 5.94 miles total
Trailhead(s) Directions

Mayo Park offers a variety of trails with beautiful scenic views in every direction. The trails are for walkers and hikers. Red Tail Hawk Trail (1.92 miles), Rocky Trail (.9 miles), Beaver Trail (1.15 miles), Eagle Trail (.22 miles), Wild Turkey Trail (.52 miles), Bridge Trail Loop (.26 miles), Lake View Trail (.29 miles), Sappony Spring Trail (.10 miles), Wood Duck Trail (.58 miles) are interconnected and allow for a short walk or a longer walk.


Orange County

Battle Park

BattleParkChapel Hill, NC
Type of Trails: Walking
Length: 5 miles total
Trailhead(s) Directions

Battle Park Pedestrian Trails offer a getaway from city life. These trails are located next to the UNC campus. OWASA Access (.7 miles) is the main trail that connects Cedar Top Trail (.2 miles), Bent Beech Trail (.3 miles), Solitary Hill Trail (.1 miles), Sourwood Loop (.4 miles), Deer Track Trail (.2 miles), Rainy Day Trail (.3 miles) and University Trail (.1 miles) together. These trails are for walking/hiking only.


Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

LittleRiverChapel Hill, NC
Type of Trails: Multi-Use
Length: 15 miles total
Trailhead(s) Directions

The Little River Park and Natural Area sits upon 391 acres of natural area. There are 7 miles of unpaved walking and hiking trails. For biking, there is 8 miles of single track mountain biking trails. Also, there is a ¼ mile paved walking trail at the park. Along these trails there are many different types of wildlife. This is a good trail for bird-watchers!


Guilford County

Bur-Mil Park

BurmilGreensboro, NC
Type of trail: Multi-Use
Length: 7.2 miles
Trailhead(s) Directions:

Bur-Mil Park is a 250-acre park located in northwest Guilford County, North Carolina. The park has multiple facilities available including a clubhouse for meetings and events, eight picnic shelters, a family aquatic center, a wildlife education center and multi-use trails. The park also offers tennis and golf lessons, a par three golf course, driving range, and tennis courts. The 7.2 miles of multi-use trails are made up of three trails, the Owls Roost Trail (4.34 miles), the Big Loop Trail (2.06 miles) and the Little Loop Trail (0.8 miles). All trails are even and well maintained. The Owls Roost Trail is part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Interesting plants and animals can be found along all three trails.


Gibson Park

GibsonHigh Point, NC
Types of Trails: Multi-Use
Length: 12 miles
Trail Head(s) Directions:

Gibson Park is located just off Wendover, between Greensboro and High Point. The trails are located along the Bicentennial Greenway. Gibson park offers a variety of unpaved hiking and biking trails. The Greenway is a great place to cool down when you are done.


Hagan-Stone Park


Pleasant Garden, NC
Type of Trails: Multi-use
Length: 8.2 miles total
Trail Head(s) Directions: