|Lake Brandt from the A&Y Greenway|
Greensboro is developing a long abandoned railroad track, the Atlantic and Yadkin line, into its only Rail to Trail pathway. This portion runs along the northern shoreline of Lake Brandt, about six miles from my house.
Here's a little history of the A&Y railroad:
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.