Living in North Carolina
Winston-Salem, home of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, is perfectly located in the center of North Carolina and provides an abundance of opportunities for every interest from hiking in the mountains to long weekend getaways at the beach.
Right in the heart of Winston-Salem, runners and bikers can enjoy the wooded 7-mile trail around Salem Lake (link) or a more historical view through the Salem Creek Greenway that winds through the downtown area at Old Salem. There are 74 parks in the area that offer a variety of sporting activities including playgrounds, tennis courts, and basketball courts.
If you're a hiker and/or a camper, less than an hour's drive away is Pilot Mountain or Hanging Rock State Park for hiking for an afternoon or camping for the weekend. Also Grandfather Mountain, home of the Mile High Swinging Bridge, is a unique adventure and is ~two hours from Winston-Salem.
For relaxing with your feet in the sand, Winston-Salem is in close proximity to beaches from the Outer Banks and Kitty Hawk, home of the Wright Brothers Memorial, to Wilmington with the USS North Carolina Battleship to 6 lighthouses located throughout the east coast of the state. At the Cape Lookout National Seashore, you will find the most beautiful remote beaches including Shackleford Banks which is home to wild horses and some of the most perfect shells while camping in the wilderness with only what you bring over by boat.
Boating activities are not only available at the East Coast. There are also various opportunities at area lakes such as Lake Norman which contains a shoreline of 520 miles. The Lake Norman State Park has 13 miles of shoreline which provides boating access. Lake Norman is more than just water activities. While there, one can enjoy the hiking and biking trails as well as campgrounds. The surrounding area offers many activities in the area including various historic sites, museums, performing arts, and more. Canoeing, kayaking, and rafting opportunities are available all throughout the state including close by rivers such as the Dan River that runs through Danbury, the New River running west of Sparta, and a little further west with the French Broad River winding through Brevard.
Interested in arts? Winston-Salem is home to the Stevens Center and Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts which hold live performances throughout the year in conjunction with the North Carolina School of the Arts and The River Run International Film Festival each spring. The Downtown Arts District offers unique locally made crafts and shopping experiences.
North Carolina is home to many beautiful wineries. In the Piedmont Triad area, we have Childress Winery located in Lexington, Germanton Vineyard & Winery in Germanton, Grove Winery in Greensboro, RayLen Vineyards & Winery in Mocksville, Old North State Winery in Mt. Airy, and Weathervane Winery in Welcome just to name a few. Each spring Tanglewood Park is the site for the North Carolina Wine Festival . The festival just celebrated it's 13th year and is a fun filled day of wine tasting and musical entertainment along with exhibits that include everything from candy to pottery.
For the sports fan, Wake Forest Football and Basketball games along with The Winston-Salem Dash Baseball games take place right here in the heart of Winston-Salem. The Charlotte Motor Speedway, just a little over an hour away, hosts the Coca Cola 600 each May and the Bank of America 500 each October.
Winston-Salem definitely offers a variety of exciting activities for both fellows and visitors. Winston-Salem and North Carolina both have some of the most interesting and beautiful places to experience in the country!