Bicycle maps

Working with local cyclists, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation has created a series of touring maps covering different portions of the state. The DBPT has also worked with localities to develop maps of county and regional bicycle route systems. In addition, urban maps that show cyclists how to get around town by bike are available for most of the state’s metropolitan areas. This section of our site describes this wealth of maps, provides digital images for many of them, and also offers ordering information.

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Bicycle Highway Maps To highlight the unlimited cycling opportunities that North Carolina offers, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation designated a cross-state system of Bicycling Highways. These routes generally parallel the major highways along which cyclists often wish to travel, but offer a more lightly traveled alternative than the busy, major roads that are familiar to most people.

Nine different routes covering 3,000 miles of the best North Carolina has to offer comprise the current system. Each route is described in a printed guide, which includes a series of segment maps with accompanying narrative that provides information on terrain, road conditions, services, and points of interest. A campground directory is included with each route packet. These maps are free of charge but we encourage you to order just the ones that you need, as supplies are limited.

A. Mountains to Sea—NC Bike Route 2

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From Murphy in the mountains to Manteo on the coast, this 700-mile route traverses the state from west to east. On the way, you'll pass the loftiest peaks east of the Mississippi, traverse portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway, then drop 2,000 feet from the Blue Ridge escarpment to the rolling foothills of the Piedmont. Quiet rural lanes take you through lush farm country to most of the major cities in the state. Once past Raleigh, the flat land of the coastal plain makes the ride to the coast seem easy. Several miles from the end of the route, you have the choice of taking the ferry to Ocracoke and the Outer Banks or continuing to Manteo. Either way, wide Atlantic beaches are your reward at the end of the trip.

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B. Piedmont Spur—NC Bike Route 6

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Use this 200-mile route as a southern alternate to the Piedmont portion of the Mountains to Sea route or combine the two to create a Piedmont Loop, a perfect 7- to 10-day trip. Abundant recreational opportunities exist at places like Lake Norman, Morrow Mountain State Park, the Uwharrie National Forest and the North Carolina Zoological Park. Other points of interest along the route include the Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site and the Seagrove Potters Museum.

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C. Carolina Connection—US Bike Route 1

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Designated as a portion of US Bike Route 1, which runs from Maine to Florida, this route covers almost 200 miles of rolling terrain north-south through central North Carolina. San-Lee Park, Umstead State Park, and Kerr Lake State Recreation Area lie along this route, providing an opportunity to incorporate activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, and nature study into the trip. Other points of interest include the Indian Museum of the Carolinas, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site, and the numerous historic sites and museums of the Raleigh/Capital City area.

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D. Ports of Call—NC Bike Route 3

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North Carolina's coast is long and varied, with two major sounds—the Pamlico and the Albemarle—and a series of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. The 300-mile route from South Carolina to Virginia takes you to all the major ports of the colonial era—Southport, Wilmington, New Bern, Bath, and Edenton. Take the time to relax on the wide, sandy beaches, explore the charming historic towns, and enjoy the excellent seafood. Other points of interest along this route include Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Carolina Beach State Park, the Croatan National Forest Recreation Areas, Tryon Palace, Goose Creek State Park and Merchants Millpond State Park.

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E. Cape Fear Run—NC Bike Route 5

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This 160-mile route roughly parallels the course of the Cape Fear River through the southeast coastal plain to the sea. Rolling hills soon give way to flat land in the swamps and Carolina bays typical of this region of the state. Notable points of interest include Jones Lake State Park, Moore's Creek National Military Park, the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, Brunswick Town State Historic Site, Carolina Beach State Park, and Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

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F. Ocracoke Option—NC Bike Route 7

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From its western terminus along the Mountains to Sea Route near Wilson, this 170-mile route winds its way through the coastal plain to the Cedar Island Ferry over to Ocracoke. Along the way, points of interest such as Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, the New Bern and Beaufort historic districts, and the Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge provide a glimpse of the natural and cultural diversity of the state.

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G. North Line Trace—NC Bike Route 4

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Running east-west just south of the Virginia border all the way from the mountains to the coast, this 400-mile route gives you access to six state parks and several other recreation areas. You'll be able to explore areas such as Stone Mountain, Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Parks, Hyco Reservoir, Kerr Lake and Lake Gaston Recreation Areas, Merchants Millpond State Park, and the Dismal Swamp and Currituck Sound areas. Campgrounds are spaced up to 75 miles apart and motels are scarce, so be prepared for some long days.

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H. Southern Highlands—NC Bike Route 8

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This 120-mile route begins with an exhilarating 15-mile plunge down the Blue Ridge escarpment—a drop of 2,400 feet— followed 25 miles later by another 1,000 foot drop down the 4-mile Saluda grade. Waterfalls, trout streams, hiking trails and idyllic picnic spots abound. Take time to explore the charming mountain towns of Brevard, Saluda, Flat Rock, and Tryon. Or stop at one of the many points of interest along the way—the Cradle of Forestry, Sliding Rock, Davidson River Recreation Area, the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, Flatrock Playhouse, and Holmes Educational State Forest. Leaving the highlands behind, the remainder of the route rolls through the foothills past dense forests and settled farmlands to join the Piedmont Spur Route near Lincolnton.

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I. Sandhills Sector

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From the Pee Dee River to the Cape Fear, this route traverses 125 miles of Sandhills terrain. Rolling hills rise from 500 to 700 feet above sea level and longleaf pine forests line the quiet roads through this region. Major points of interest include the Uwharrie National Forest, Town Creek Indian Mound, and Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve.

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County, Regional and Local Bicycle Maps The Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation published its first local bicycle map in 1983. Since that time, we have worked with local cyclists and staff to develop the mapped and signed systems of bicycle routes listed below. These projects are generated through local requests to the NCDOT. To get a copy, check at bike shops in the area or fill out the order form. All maps are available free of charge.

More mapping projects are currently underway, so check back frequently for our latest additions.

Alamance County Bicycle Routes

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Five county routes and two cross-state Bicycling Highways routes, the Mountains to Sea and Piedmont Spur, offer over 150 miles of cycling throughoutf the county. These signed routes connect the cities, towns, and points of interest via lightly-traveled roads.

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Around Pamlico Sound: Bicycling North Carolina's Outer Banks Region

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This map highlights two-to five-day trip options of 150-250 miles through the north and central coastal region, one of the most popular bicycling destinations on the East Coast. The map also shows connections with four of the cross-state Bicycling Highways routes, the Mountains to Sea, Ports of Call, North Line Trace and Ocracoke Option.

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Bicycling in Beaufort

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This map of the six-mile signed bike route connects the waterfront, historic district, neighborhoods, and schools.

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Bicycling Cabarrus County

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This map profiles a 200 mile system of bicycle routes with three signed routes totaling 155 miles and 45 miles of unsigned connectors, linking historic district, shopping, restaurants, hotels, points of interest and beautiful scenery.

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Bicycling Henderson County

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This map features a 184 mile system of routes, 4 signed routes totaling 106 miles and an additional 78 miles of unsigned connectors. These routes connect the various towns and points of interest in the county and provide access to the adjacent route systems in Transylvania Co., Buncombe Co., to the NC 2 Mountains to Sea Cross-State Route and to South Carolina via the unsigned Watershed Loop.

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Bicycling Lenoir County

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The seven routes shown on this map cover nearly 160 miles of lightly traveled country roads. With Kinston as the hub, five "spoke" routes radiate out to the county loop route. The cross-state Ocracoke Option route also passes through the area.

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Bicycling Orange County

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The Orange County Bicycle Route System consists of four numbered, signed routes and several unsigned connectors. This 206 mile route system uses lightly traveled, paved roads favored by local bicyclists to link towns, points of interest and recreational areas in the county. Most roads have low traffic volumes throughout the day, but higher traffic volumes in some areas during commuting times require extra caution. Orange County’s terrain mixes rolling hills with a few steep climbs and some relatively flat sections, making for pleasant bicycling.

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Bicycling Randolph County

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This 238-mile system of designated routes meanders along quiet country roads, connecting the towns and points of interest throughout the county. Four local routes, a segment of the cross-state Piedmont Spur Bicycling Highways Route, portions of the High Point area bicycle routes that dip into Randolph County, unsigned connector routes and links to bike routes in Moore, Chatham, Guilford and Alamance counties are shown on the map.

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Bicycling Rowan County

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Choose any one of the five signed routes totaling 146 miles or combine portions of the routes with any of the additional 81 miles of unsigned connector routes to create your own tour. Rowan County is in the heart of the Piedmont and these routes connect inviting towns and communities with recreation areas, historic sites and other points of interest.

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Bicycling Scotland County

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This 147-mile bicycle route system of three numbered, signed routes and several unsigned connectors stretch across lightly traveled, paved roads, linking peaceful countryside communities and points of interest. Unsigned connector routes links to bike routes in Richmond County. Road surfaces are mainly smooth, although a few sections have tar-and-gravel surfaces. Most roads are relatively flat with low traffic volumes, making them ideal for cyclists of all abilities.

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Bicycling Stanly County

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Three signed county routes, the cross-state Piedmont Spur Bicycling Highways route and a series of unsigned suggested connector routes make up this system. Following 187 miles of quiet country roads, the routes connect inviting towns and crossroads communities with recreation areas, historic sites and other points of interest.

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Chatham County Bicycle Map

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Covering 198 miles of country lanes, these routes link the towns and crossroads communities throughout the county. Three signed county routes, portions of two signed cross-state Bicycling Highways routes, the Mountains to Sea and Carolina Connection, and seven unsigned connector routes are shown on this map. Connections to the Alamance and Moore County bicycle route systems are also shown.

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Dare County Bicycle Map

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This map shows the network of various bicycle facilities including; wide paved shoulders, multi-use paths on separate alignments, and sidepaths adjacent to the road, that NCDOT has built in conjunction with local municipalities to increase safety and the overall enjoyment for bicyclists. This map also features three signed routes made up of two county routes and a portion of the Mountains to Sea cross-state bicycling highway, all totaling 63 miles. The routes connect the towns and points of interest in this beautiful coastal county along the Northern Outer Banks, and provide access to the numerous shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities.

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Gaston County Bicycle Map

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This map features a 130-mile system with five signed routes totaling 85 miles, 42 miles of unsigned connectors, and a two and a half-mile off-road greenway. These routes connect the various towns and points of interest. In addition, they also provide access to the adjacent routes of the NC Bicycling Highways (NC 6 Piedmont Spur and NC 8 Southern Highlands) and the Mecklenburg County bicycle suitability network. Use this map to plan bicycle rides throughout much of Gaston County, and to enjoy the interesting places and scenic landscapes that it has to offer.

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Richlands Loop Bicycle Route

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This map highlights a 50-mile signed route and 20-mile "shortcut" in northwestern Onslow County.

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Richmond County Bicycle Map

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This map covers 120 miles of country roads along three signed routes that connect major towns and points of interest. A connection to the Moore County bicycle routes is also shown.

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Southport Bicycle Map

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This map covers a 5-mile route from the Southport/Ft. Fisher ferry to the Bald Head Island ferry along the historic waterfront area.

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Swansboro Bicentennial Bicycle Route

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Starting and ending in historic Swansboro, the 25-mile signed route shown on this map winds through the Croatan National Forest and White Oak River area.

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Tour Moore

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This map shows the 100-mile signed route around the perimeter of the county as well as four 25-mile loop tours and connectors between towns. The cross-state Carolina Connection Bicycling Highways route also passes through the county.

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Transylvania County Bicycling

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Covering 125 miles of stunning Blue Ridge Mountain terrain, this system of routes includes five county routes and two cross-state Bicycling Highways routes, the Mountains to Sea and Southern Highlands as well as two unsigned routes. Travel on-road through lush valleys or tackle steep mountain ascents or go off-road along 30 miles of national forest mountain bike trails.

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Urban Bicycle Maps Demand for information on getting around town by bike continues to grow. In response, many communities have requested project funding from NCDOT to develop urban area bicycle maps. Working with local cyclists and staff people, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation has produced most of the maps listed here. They are available locally from the sources listed and, usually, at area bike shops. Most are free.

Asheville and Buncombe County Bicycle Transportation Map

Get Your Map - Contact: Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator
City of Asheville
Asheville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 259-5943

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This suitability map helps cyclists make good choices about where to ride, based on their own level of cycling ability and traffic handling skills. Since this is a mountainous area, demanding climbs are highlighted. Parks and other major destinations and points of interest are shown. Enlargements for Asheville, Weaverville and Black Mountain provide more detailed information for those areas. The 10 locally signed neighborhood bike routes in Asheville are also highlighted. Comprehensive safety information and riding tips are included. Regulations for bicycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway are listed.

Burlington Park-Way Bicycle Map

Get Your Map - Contact: City of Burlington Planning Department
425 South Lexington Avenue
Burlington, NC 27216-5110
(336) 222-5110

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This map was produced by the City of Burlington Planning Department to show the city-wide system of routes that connect the six major parks in the city. The three signed routes follow local streets and sections of off-road connectors.

Carrboro Bikeways Map

Get Your Map - Contact: Town of Carrboro
301 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 968-7714

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For many years, the Town of Carrboro has worked with NCDOT and private developers to provide bicycle accommodations, both on-road and off-road, throughout the area. This map highlights the locations of existing and planned bike lanes and bike paths.

Town of Cary Bicycle Map and Rider's Guide

Get Your Map - Contact: Town of Cary Planning Department
318 N. Academy Street
Cary NC 27513
(919) 469-4082

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As a Bicycle-friendly Community, the Town of Cary considers bicycles an essential component of a balanced transportation system. Cary's bicycle map and rider's guide was produced to highlight over 10 miles of striped bike lanes and 46 miles of signed bike routes throughout the Town of Cary, in addition to over 12 miles of existing bicycle-friendly greenways. On the reverse side of the route map, detailed information concerning bicycle safety information, individual bicycle route descriptions, basic traffic riding techniques, nighttime riding tips and commuting information are highlighted.

Durham Bike Map

Get Your Map - Contact: Durham City-County Planning Dept.
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-4137

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Covering the most urbanized part of Durham, this suitability map helps cyclists get around town on roads that match their traffic handling skills. The suitability ratings highlight systems of neighborhood streets, local commuting streets, busy through routes and touring routes. Greenway trails are also highlighted. In addition, locations of parks, schools, public buildings and points of interest are shown. Information on laws, safety tips and effective cycling techniques is included.

Greensboro Metropolitan Area Bicycle Map

Get Your Map - Contact: City of Greensboro Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 3136
Greensboro, NC 27402
(336) 373-4368

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In 2007, Greensboro established a new bike route system based on recommendations from a comprehensive plan for pedestrian, bicycle, and greenway facilities. Along with the new routes came a new bicycle map that provides an overview of road conditions and routes for bicycling. The map includes roads, greenways, and major destinations in Greensboro and surrounding areas. It also includes safety tips and relative suitability ratings for main roadways, which can help you create your own route and ride safely.

High Point Area Bicycle Map

Get Your Map - Contact: High Point Department of Transportation
PO Box 230
High Point, NC 27261
(336) 883-3225

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This map provides information on traveling by bike in the High Point Urban Area and surrounding communities. Eight signed routes connect the localities and major destinations, following more lightly traveled city streets and rural roadways. Enlargements of High Point, Jamestown, Archdale, Trinity and Thomasville are provided. Locations of parks, museums, public buildings, schools and colleges and other points of interest are highlighted. A park matrix that shows facilities and recreational opportunities at each park is provided. Comprehensive safety information and riding tips are included.

Mecklenburg / Union Counties Bicycle Suitability Map

Get Your Map - Contact: Charlotte Department of Transportation
600 East Fourth St.
Charlotte, NC 28202-2858
(704) 336-2261

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This map is designed to help cyclists use the existing network of thoroughfares to travel through this busy, urbanized area. Five designations are shown — moderate, advanced, extreme caution, not recommended and prohibited. Collector streets, which are not rated but are typically suitable for bicycling, are also highlighted. Locations of parks, museums, libraries, schools and other destinations are shown. Safety information is provided.

Raleigh Bicycle Route Map

Get Your Map - Contact: Raleigh Planning Dept.
PO Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602
(919) 890-3430

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This map highlights a 150-mile system of signed bicycle routes. Nine cross-town routes connect neighborhoods, parks, schools and points of interest. Four short recreational loop routes, one in each quadrant of the city, highlight good places for novice cyclists or families to ride. The system of off-road greenways and bike paths is also shown. A park matrix shows the facilities at 45 parks in the area. Comprehensive information on laws, safety tips and safe riding techniques is included.

Wilmington Bike Map

Get Your Map - Contact: Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization
305 Chestnut Street, Floor 4
PO Box 1810
Wilmington, NC 28402
Phone: 910-341-3258

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The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, in cooperation with the Cape Fear Breeze alternative transportation program, recently published a new bicycle map intended for bicycle commuters and enthusiasts. It identifies area attractions and bicycle facilities, local bike routes and the NCDOT Bicycling Highways routes. Comprehensive information on laws and safe bike handling techniques is included. It is available at municipal offices and information centers throughout the region.

Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Bike Map

Get Your Map - Contact: City-County Planning Board
PO Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102
(336) 727-2087

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This map features 25 designated bike routes which show the best ways across town to parks, schools and shopping areas as well as routes into the countryside and to surrounding communities. An enlargement of downtown Winston-Salem provides detailed street information and highlights the locations of special points of interest. A park matrix shows facilities and recreational opportunities at 55 parks in the area. Comprehensive safety information is included.