Eden - Smith River Greenway

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This scenic trail runs along the scenic the Smith River. It is a very popular trail, paved and predominately level and smooth. The trail extends between the Eden Family YMCA on Kennedy Street and Island Ford Landing, walkers will see 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.

 Type of trail: Multi-Use Length: 1.5 miles

Mayodan - Mayo River State Park Trails

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Mayo River State Park - 500 Old Mayo Park Road - Mayodan - Type of Trail: Walking Length of Trail: 1.8 mile loop and ½ mile loop.

Well marked loop trails run along a ridge and feature 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.

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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.

Madison/Mayodan - Idol Park

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Idol Park - Type of Trail: Walking and Biking - Length of Trail: ½ mile paved trail

This delightful 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.
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.


Madison/Mayodan - Farris Memorial Park Trail

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Farris Memorial Park Trail is a rustic, 1.1 mile 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.
2919 Park Road Mayodan, NC 27021.

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.


Reidsville - Lake Reidsville Nature Trails

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Lake Reidsville Recreational Park
630 Waterworks Road
Reidsville, NC 27320
Type of Trail: Walking
Length of Trail: 3 miles
Multiple access points along the lake shore provide glimpses of wintering waterfowl. The park is open daily during daylight hours with $2 entrance fee for non-City of Reidsville residents and $1 for City of Reidsville residents.

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. Two nature trails at Lake Reidsville are featured in the NC Birding Guidebook beginning at the southwest corner of the park's soccer field. Walkers can access the 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.

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Reidsville - Jaycee Park

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

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).

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SE Rockingham County - Haw River State Park

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Haw River State Park - 339 Conference Center Drive - Brown Summit, NC 27214
Type of Trail: Walking Length of Trail: 2 miles

Trailhead(s) Directions: At the very headwaters of the Haw River, the 300-acre 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.

Wentworth - Rockingham Community College Nature Trails

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Rockingham Community College Nature Trails - 215 Wrenn Memorial Drive - Highway 65
Wentworth, NC - Type of Trail: Walking - Length: 5 miles

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. 

Wentworth - Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail

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Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail - 2138 Wentworth Street - Reidsville, NC 27320 - Type of Trail: Walking - Length: 1.7 miles

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."

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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. 

Wentworth - Animal Shelter Trail

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Rockingham County Animal Shelter Trail - 250 Cherokee Camp Road - Reidsville, NC
Type of Trail: Walking - Length of Trail: ¼ mile

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.

While you're there, volunteer to take a shelter dog for a walk!

Trailhead(s) Directions:The trail is located at the lower end of the parking lot of the Rockingham County Animal Shelter.