Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway Information

Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway logo
Length: 7.5 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Traffic: Multi-purpose

Formerly known as Lake Brandt Greenway, Battleground Rail Trail, and Bicentennial Greenway, this corridor was constructed on the abandoned Atlantic-Yadkin railroad bed. Its new name reflects the greenway's past as an active railway from Mount Airy, NC, through southeast Sanford, NC, and ended at the Atlantic port city of Wilmington, NC. The Atlantic-Yadkin Railway's lifespan covered 1899 to 1950, but some of the rails were laid in the 19th century as part of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway (CF & YV). The railway transported mostly granite out Mount Airy quarries. At one time, it also took travelers to visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

This new greenway logo (pictured at the top of the page) will be your guide as you follow the greenway from the town of Summerfield into the City of Greensboro. The greenway signs are small and easy to miss while using the sidewalk section of the greenway so keep a close lookout for them to prevent getting lost.

Greenway users cross Lake Brandt, Greensboro's oldest and second-largest reservoir, using the 140-foot H. Michael Weaver Bridge. Trails users have direct access to several single-track off-road trails: the Nat Greene Trail, Palmetto Trail, Owl’s Roost Trail, Big Loop Trail, and the Little Loop Trail. From the intersection of Old Battleground and Lake Brandt roads, the trail runs through a residential neighborhood then crosses through Guilford Courthouse National Military Park before skirting the western border of the adjacent Greensboro Country Park. At Pisgah Church Road, the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway carries on through what was once called the Battleground Rail-Trail. It runs parallel to Battleground Avenue (east side) to its terminus at Markland Drive. Some of the trail sections take slight jogs down city sidewalks.

As you ride through the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park beside Old Battleground Road, you may take side roads into the park to tour the park. You may enter Country Park from the backside of the military park. Country Park has a large lake with a 1-mile paved road around it; you may want to make loops around the lake to add some mileage to your ride.

The Bicentennial Greenway intersects the A&Y at the Old Battleground Road and Lake Brandt Road intersection as a sidewalk. From there it continues via sidewalk along Old Battleground Road to the continuation of the Bicentennial Greenway as an asphalt trail at the old train trestle bridge. The Bicentennial Greenway travels into Jamestown, NC and connects to High Point, NC.

Check out the trail map on Google Maps

To access trail

The northern end of the greenway has a new trail head parking lot on Battleground Avenue near Summerfield, NC, just north of Strawberry Road. Another good place to access the greenway is from Bur-Mil Park; parking, information, and maps are available at the Frank Sharpe Wildlife Education Center. Greenway access and parking for greenway users is also available at the Guilford Courthouse National Military parking lot on Old Battleground Road near the intersection of New Garden Road, at the Lewis Recreation Center, and at Country Park.

Future plans

In August 2010, NCRT, the State of North Carolina, Piedmont Land Conservancy, and the towns of Stokesdale and Summerfield signed an agreement for planning an extension toward Stokesdale that could allow future connection to the Mountains to Sea Trail.

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have plans to connect Salem Creek Greenway and Salem Lake Trail to Triad Park in Kernersville. Then Greensboro and Guilford County will connect Triad Park to the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway. When completed, cyclists will be able to ride from city center of Winston-Salem to city center of Greensboro on greenways.

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