Monday, March 2, 2009


Update: Amtrak no longer charges a fee for bikes on the Piedmont train! Also, this summer they will add mid-day service, with bike racks on-board!

From Greensboro Amtrak to Raleigh Amtrak

82mi (133km)
Go to the Bikely / Google Interactive Route Map

This is a nice rolling route through the rural Piedmont region. From Snow Camp to Green Level it covers the same territory as the NCBC 200 brevet, but with a differing route to provide some variation and uses some quieter and perhaps slightly shorter and maybe hillier roads. Since these roads see less traffic, they get less maintenance and may have a few minor surface blemishes.

The start (Greensboro Train Depot) is about 500' higher than the finish (Raleigh Train Depot), so overall the route is downhill. That said there ARE some climbs throughout, especially in the last 25 miles (east of Jordan Lake). Biggest descent: Jack Bennett Rd approaching Lake Jordan. Biggest climb: Highhouse Rd by Bond Park in Cary.

There are few stores on this route, so traffic and roadside litter are both low (outside of Cary-Raleigh). After mile 16, it's almost 40 miles to the next store, so stock up! (There are a couple of stores just a bit off the route but, unless you know where they are, you won't find them.)

Two off-route stores are located at:

  • NC-62 at Alamance Ch Rd (1005)
  • (Frosty's) Crawford Dairy Rd at Hamlet's Chapel Rd
Alteration: If you go straight on Lewter Shop Rd, instead of turning right on Green Level Rd W, it will become Green Level School Rd which takes you past Cary's Thomas Brooks Park before rejoining Green Level Rd W. The park has water and clean restrooms.

The Amtrak fare, one-way, is about $ 11.00.

Greensboro Amtrak on Tryon St
0.0East1.0Washington St

BR at Pastor Anderson Way TRO Washington St
1.0BR0.6McConnell Rd
1.6R 1.9Willow Rd. (go under I-40/I-85 Bus.)
3.5L14.8Alamance Ch Rd (1005) go over I-40/I-85

BR at McPherson Clay TRO Alamance Ch (1005)

Store at NC-62 (last store for 40mi)
18.3BR7.2W. Greensboro Chp Hill Rd (1005)
25.5- 1.1Sylvan School Rd
26.6L 0.4Snow Camp Rd
27.0R 1.6Griffin Rd
28.6R 0.8Hollman Mill Rd
29.4L 2.9Major Hill Rd
32.3R 0.5Lindley Mill Rd
32.8L 2.1Old Switchboard Rd

(Alt route: Castle Rock Farm Rd to NC-87 to Chicken Bridge Rd)
34.9L 1.1Greenhill Rd
36.0R 5.9Russell Rd
becomes Mount Olive Ch Rd
41.9L 2.1Chicken Bridge Rd (cross the Haw River)
44.0R 2.9River Rd
46.9R 0.6Hamlet Chp Rd
47.5L 0.7Oak Hill Rd
48.2L 0.3Mann's Chp Rd
48.5R 3.4Andrew's Store Rd ("Shop Quick" Store at 15-501)
51.9L 0.6US-15-501
52.5R 3.2Jack Bennett Rd (Traffic Light) Downhill!
55.7R 1.0Lystra Rd
56.7R 2.1Farrington Rd (1008) Jordan Lake (Traffic Light)
58.8L 2.8Martha's Chp Rd
61.6R 0.4NC-751 (caution: fast traffic)
62.0L 0.4Lewter Shop Rd (Jean's Berry Patch)
62.4R 10.1Green Level Rd

Cross the American Tobacco Trail

(Alt route: go straight)
becomes High House (1615) Climb!
72.5L 4.0W. Chatham (1011)
becomes Hillsborough St at I-40 overpass
76.5BR0.9Western Blvd
77.4L 0.2Powell Dr
77.6R 1.4Beryl Rd
79.0BL0.1TRO Beryl Rd
79.1R 2.1Hillsborough St (54) past NCSU
81.2BR0.6W. Morgan St
81.8R 0.2Boylan St (RR overpass)
82.0L 0.1Dupont Circle
82.1L 0.1TRO Dupont Circle
82.2L 0.1Cabarrus St
West St
Amtrak Depot

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