More Greensboro, N.C., Trails Travel Facts
In the last few years, the downtown Greensboro has experienced a renaissance. Combine your trail visit with time in the city where restaurants, shops and quirky galleries abound.
Take I-40 from the Piedmont Triad International Airport, and downtown Greensboro is about 10 miles away.
Where to Stay
Find a list of lodging options through the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau (317.639.4282, www.greensboronc.org. One standout property: The O.Henry (800.965.8259, www.ohenryhotel.com), named after the short-story author born here, impresses with posh rooms, an elegant afternoon tea and fine on-property dining at one of the city's best restaurants, Green Valley Grill.
What to Do
Done hiking the trails? Stop off at the Natural Science Center, or take an audio tour of the Battleground National Military Park. Then head to town. Take the kids to the Greensboro Children's Museum. More mature audiences can quench their thirst for fun at Red Oak Brewery, the largest microbrewery in the state, or troll for art at the 20 downtown galleries. Depending on the time of year, you can watch the Greensboro Grasshoppers play minor-league baseball. And don't miss the International Civil Rights Museum. After all, you're in the town made famous by the Civil Rights-era sit-in at the Woolworth lunch counter.
Where to Eat
For authentic North Carolina barbecue (with a vinegar-based sauce), go to Stamey's Barbecue and order up a BBQ plate with hush puppies and slaw. Options downtown include Liberty Oak, a favorite lunch spot for outdoor dining, and Natty Greene's, named after the Revolutionary War leader who pushed the Brits out of this Southern state. (Tip: The restaurant brews its own beer in a circa-1895 building downtown. Order one of the house-brewed beers, such as the Buckshot Amber Ale or General Stout.) Grab a slice at local favorite Elizabeth's Pizza. Or treat refined palates to a meal at the pink-hued Undercurrents, where a romantic setting combines with a strong menu featuring local, seasonal ingredients.
Where to Rent Bicycles
Borrow a Trek Cruiser bike and helmet for free at Bur-Mil Park (336.373.3802), thanks to a program sponsored by Dasani Water Corporation.