Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway

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Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway (7.5 miles)

  • Surface: Asphalt 
  • Traffic: Multiple Use 
  • Amenities: Bur-Mil Park & Country Park 
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 to southeast Sanford, NC. This new logo (pictured to the right) will be your guide as you follow the greenway from Summerfield on into the City of Greensboro.

The Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway (A&Y), Greensboro’s only current Rail Trail, provides opportunities to catch a glimpse of nature as well as reach urban destinations. Spot common and migratory birds, including bald eagles, blue herons, egrets, ospreys, and several duck species as you travel through the watershed. Many native plants and wildflowers grow in the shadows of mixed hardwoods and pines along this abandoned railway also. Take a break at the H. Michael Weaver Bridge to enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Brandt. The A&Y provides a scenic alternative transportation route to Battleground Avenue for bicycle and pedestrian commuters. This greenway will encourage residents to travel via the greenway between businesses along the corridor.

The A&Y was built with assistance from Greensboro's Department of Transportation as well as local nonprofit organizations and private companies, including the Weaver Foundation, Piedmont Land Conservancy, and Starmount Company. Additional grant funding was received from the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation and the State Trails Program.

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 CF & YV ran from the Atlantic port of Wilmington, NC to Mount Airy. This railway transported mostly granite and at one time took travelers to visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

Want to Get Involved?

E-mail us to learn more about the Trails Adopt-a-Trail program for the A&Y Greenway.

How do I Get There?

The northern most part of the greenway has a new trail head parking lot, just north of Strawberry Road. Get directions to this new lot here. Bur-Mil Park is also a good place to access the A&Y. Parking, information, and maps are available at the Frank Sharpe Wildlife Education Center. Greenway access and parking for trail users is also available at the Guilford Courthouse National Military parking lot on Old Battleground Road near the intersection of New Garden Road, and at Lewis Recreation Center and Country Park. Connections:

A&Y users can take a detour off the greenway onto the Nat Greene Trail, Palmetto Trail, or Owl’s Roost Trail. Users can also access the Big Loop Trail and Little Loop Trail in Bur-Mil Park from the greenway. The Bicentennial Greenway intersects the A&Y at the Old Battleground and Lake Brandt road intersection as a sidewalk. From there it continues on via sidewalk along Old Battleground to the continuation of the Bicentennial Greenway as an asphalt trail at the old train trestle bridge.

Future Connections:

The A&Y will eventually extend to downtown Greensboro and connect with the Downtown Greenway to complete a route from downtown Greensboro to Summerfield, NC.

Please Note: The A&Y is a multiple-use trail. Bicycles are allowed and encouraged on the greenway.

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