Winston-Salem: Salem Lake Trail

Stroll along the shores of Salem Lake on this 7-mile loop over rolling hills and under tall pine and poplar trees.
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Stroll along the shores of Salem Lake on this 7-mile loop over rolling hills and under tall pine and poplar trees.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.3

Waypoints

SLT001

Location: 36.092529296875, -80.1933135986328

Salem Lake trailhead: Veer R, following lakeside loop clockwise; geese swim near small landing

SLT002

Location: 36.0910568237305, -80.1820373535156

Cross bridge; rocky streambed with waterfall

SLT003

Location: 36.0969429016113, -80.1788711547852

A rocky outcrop juts into lake; great lake views

SLT004

Location: 36.0991287231445, -80.1651382446289

Waterfowl congregate in marshy area

SLT008

Location: 36.1000938415527, -80.1862716674805

Arched trail bridge crosses over narrow inlet; look N to an old elevated train bridge

SLT009

Location: 36.0969009399414, -80.1903381347656

Gorgeous overlook: Sunlight reflects off the calm waters of Salem Lake; trail drops below dam

SLT010

Location: 36.0964508056641, -80.1918334960938

Keep L; side path meanders along Salem Creek; .5 mile back to trailhead

SLT005

Location: 36.1069679260254, -80.1589050292969

After crossing bridge, turn L

SLT006

Location: 36.1020851135254, -80.1721954345703

Isolated alcove: Perfect place for picnic or late-afternoon nap

SLT007

Location: 36.0981712341309, -80.1797943115234

Head N, wrapping around two small bays