Top-Rated Nature Walks and Hikes Near Campus

By: Bailey Larmore

The weather in Winston-Salem has been spectacular! One of our favorite ways to take advantage of the clear skies is to get outside and go for a walk. Check out these 5 fun trails near campus.

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Long Branch Trail

This trail runs right behind the Wake Downtown buildings! If you have class downtown or simply want to explore the area, we recommend looking into this trail. The 1.7 mile trail was recently paved, and it’s a hidden gem for a great walk or run. 

Salem Lake Trail

Less than a 20-minute drive from Reynolda Campus, Salem Lake is a picturesque destination for a nature walk. Breathing in the fresh air while you exercise is a great way to clear your mind. As you walk, you can see the fishing pier and maybe even some boats on the water!

Pilot Mountain Trails

Have you ever been to Pilot Mountain? Have you conquered all of the trails? There are 15 trails at Pilot Mountain State Park that offer a variety of difficulty, for experienced and new hikers. About a 25-minute drive from Reynolda Campus, many students cite Pilot Mountain as their favorite hiking destination. The park also offers fun experiences for rock climbers.

Old Salem Museums and Gardens

Perfect for your inner history buff, visit Old Salem for guided walking tours or pick up a map to explore by yourself. The Moravian community settled here, and reenactors can teach you about their story during your visit. Hilly, cobblestone streets make for a mix between a relaxing walk and an energizing hike. The area is right here in Winston-Salem, a 5-minute drive from Wake Downtown

Reynolda Trails

Of course, we had to include the lovely trails at Reynolda Village. Walk to the gardens and to the Reynolda House. You can even see the bee habitats or cross over to the Graylin. These paths are a great option for when you feel busy or want to squeeze in a walk between classes.

Enjoy the outdoors and have a great day, Deacs!

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