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Winston-Salem, NC

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Winston-Salem. See Also Our Guide to Nearby Greensboro

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Located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Winston-Salem is known for its history in the tobacco industry and also as a college town. The downtown area has undergone a revitalization in recent years. There’s a nice variety of running options in Winston-Salem. Use the Salem Creek Greenway as the anchor for running in Winston-Sale, as it runs through Old Salem and connects to the Salem Lake Trail. The best neighborhood running in Winston-Salem is the area around the Reynolda Historic District and Wake Forest University. North of town, we recommend Historic Bethabara Park and the Muddy Creek Greenway, while south of town in Clemmons, there’s good running in the area around Tanglewood Park.

For more area running options, see our guide to Greensboro, which is 25 miles east of Winston-Salem.

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Winston-Salem has a humid-subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. Runners should be aware of summer heat, with daytime temperatures in the high 80s (31C) and warm nights. In winter, daytime highs approach 50F (10C), with nights dipping to freezing. Snow and ice are rare. Winston-Salem is particularly lovely for running in the spring, when temps are warm and the azaleas are blooming. Warm weather extends well into the fall. The 45 inches of annual precipitation is spread throughout the year, though more in the form of downpours in summer.

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The go-to running store options in Winston-Salem are a location of Fleet Feet and Omega Sports. The Athlete’s Foot and a New Balance outlet are also good choices.


Fleet Feet hosts regular group runs, Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 7am. Info

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