Long Branch Trail

A Winston-Salem resident riding her bike on Long Branch Trail

Building Wellness and the Community

Long Branch Trail is a 1.7-mile greenway that runs the length of the Innovation Quater and connects downtown Winston-Salem to the larger community via thoroughfares like the Salem Creek Connector, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Rams Drive. Long Branch Trail runs into the Salem Creek Greenway, giving users access to a 20-mile loop from the north end of the Innovation Quarter to Salem Lake and back.

The grade-separated, concrete trail, marked by landscaping, pedestrian bridges and decorative paver areas, provides pedestrians and cyclists a safe route for exploring downtown Winston-Salem. Amenities along the trail include benches, lighting, emergency call boxes, water foundations and bike racks.

Long Branch Trail Access Locations & Map

Access the greenway from the north at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Seventh Street behind the Inmar building, East Fourth Street near the Piedmont Leaf Lofts and the parking lot on the east side of the Third Street bridge.

A map of the Long Branch Trail showing access points and the route through the Innovation Quarter.

What You Need to Know

A group of bike riders going over a bridge on the Long Branch Trail.
  • Hours: 6 am until 10 pm.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times; owners must clean up after their pets.
  • Film and photography shoots, commercial activity and amplified sound by permit only.
  • No smoke, alcohol, illegal drugs or firearms allowed.
  • We encourage all cyclists and pedestrians to wear proper safety equipment such as helmets and reflective gear.

Rules & Regulations

  • Unauthorized motor vehicles are prohibited.
  • No loitering or solicitation.
  • Use caution if you see standing water on the trail.
  • All users keep right except to pass; walk or ride single file when the situation demands.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or plants that grow along the trail.
  • Slow down, yield or stop at intersections.
  • Cyclists:
    • Must stay on paved trail.
    • Must observe 10 mph speed limit.
    • Must yield to pedestrians.
    • 16 years of age and under must wear helmets.

A Winston-Salem community member overlooking Long Branch Trail after a yoga session.

Greenways Creating a More Connected City

Developed through partnerships between the Innovation Quarter, City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina Department of Transportation and North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Rail Division, Long Branch Trail was built with growth in mind. From expanding the connectivity through other greenways and walking paths to increasing Winston-Salem’s reputation for wellness, Long Branch Trail is a valuable outdoor resource for the city’s residents and visitors.