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55º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise: 7:16 a.m. | Sunset: 5:06 p.m.

Best walking trails
WStoday: Salem Lake trail scenic view
Salem Lake walking trail scenic view. | WStoday team
Cooler temperatures are on the horizon, which makes it the perfect season for walking. Here are ways to stay active while discovering scenic views of fall foliage around Winston-Salem.

A few guidelines to keep in mind:
  • All city parks are open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Dogs in city parks must be leashed.
Hanes Park, 1404 W. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem | Located across from RJ Reynolds High School, the park’s walking trail is 1.1 miles long and features a 1/4 mile track. Pro tip: Parking on Hawthorne and Reynolda Roads tends to fill up in the evening during the school year, so plan ahead.

Reynolda House, 2250 Reynolda Rd. | Lace up your sneakers and get ready to be mesmerized by the views. Hit up any of the five trails around the House and enjoy more than two miles of trails, paved pathways and expansive meadow. Bonus point if you can find the waterfall. Pro tip: Dogs must be leashed.

Washington Park, 1490 S. Broad St., Winston-Salem | This 75-acre park features a 1-mile trail with off-street trail access. Pro tip: No leash is required in the dog park that is also on site.

Tanglewood Park, 4061 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons | More than walking trails, you can find horse stables, gardens, a golf course, and more. Pro tip: GPS may direct you to the back of the park which is inaccessible — the main park entrance is located off US Route 158.
If you want to go off the beaten path, one of our readers Tracy S. says Little Walden Nature Trail has a lovely small pond and is located behind the administration office.

Triad Park, 9652 W. Market St., Kernersville | Home to multiple citywide events, this park also features The Carolina Field of Honor, a symbolic area that pays respect to veterans.

Jamison Park, 285 Meadowlark Dr., Winston-Salem | This park features a dog park, playground, and shelters available for rent. Drive an electric vehicle? An EV charging station is located by the parking lot. Pro tip: A fun activity to do alone or with children is to look for little creeks during your walk.

Salem Lake, 815 Salem Lake Rd., Winston-Salem | Escape the busyness of life and get your zen on. There’s plenty to do at this lake— from fishing, boating, or taking on the 7-mile trail with a scenic view. You won’t be disappointed.

Miller Park, 400 Leisure Ln., Winston-Salem | Located in Ardmore neighborhood, this park features wooded trails and plenty of pathways. Walking trails are half a mile and a mile long. Picnic shelters are also available for rent.

Old Town Park, 4550 Shattalon Dr., Winston-Salem | The walking trail is about half a mile long. Drinking fountains are available with an open play area for children.

Winston Lake Park, 1344 Winston Park Dr., Winston-Salem | Enjoy beautiful scenery by the lake during your walk. The trail is 2.4 miles long next to the shoreline.

Did we miss your favorite trail? Let us know!
Congratulations two winners of our WStoday Giveaways!

Firstly, to Andrew M. for winning the $250 Fleet Feet Gift Card Giveaway and a free entry to a 2024 Craft Half race courtesy of Junnction311! Secondly, Beverly S. is the winner of $100 of Foothills Brewing Giveaway!

Thank you to our promotional partners Foothills Brewing and Junction311.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
  • Comenius Music Academy: An Introduction to Music Theory | Tuesday, Sept. 26-Tuesday, Nov. 7 | Times vary | Moravian Music Foundation (Archie K. Davis Center), 457 S. Church St., Winston-Salem | Free | Learn the basics of music theory including notation, scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, and rhythmic patterns.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
  • Lunch & Learn Series | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | The Enterprise Conference and Event Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Winston-Salem | Free | Attendees will learn how to run their businesses more efficiently, scale and adapt to market demands, and more.
  • Pups Paints & Pints w/StudioSRV | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | The Playground Golf and Sports Bar, 6355 Jessie Ln., Clemmons | $48 | Paint a drawing of your pet with the guidance of an artist. No drawing skills necessary— but registration is required.
  • Face to Face Speaker Forum: Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Beschloss | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Wait Chapel, 1834 Wake Forest Rd., Winston-Salem | $57-$115 | You’re invited to a lively and informative conversation between two world-renowned presidential historians and noted authors.*
Thursday, Sept. 28
  • Old Town Frightening Films | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Old Town Neighborhood Center, 4550 Shattalon Dr., Winston-Salem | Free | Take part in the last event of the film series by watching “Rogue.” Movie is rated R.
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News Notes
  • The developer of the former Winston-Salem Coca-Cola bottling plant is seeking local historic landmark for its property tracts. The public hearing will take place in the Stuart Municipal Building on North Main Street at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. (Winston-Salem Journal)
  • $5 million. That’s how much Wake Forest University received to advance its environment and sustainability efforts. The Sabin Center will focus on addressing issues like climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, and more.
  • There are 4 more days to volunteer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation as part of the 2023 Fall Litter Sweep. Volunteers can pick up supplies to clean up roads and remove litter at the County Maintenance Yard at 300 Craft Dr. by North Cherry Street.
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will host a webinar on alternative pathways to teaching. Attendees will learn tips on the application process and how to earn an NC teaching license. Register to join the meeting virtually Thursday, Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Wanna learn a new skill? The fall Introduction to Fencing class starts tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Georgia E. Taylor Neighborhood Center on West Clemmonsville Road. Classes cost $35 per session or $120 per month. Ages 7 through adults are welcome.
Feel Good
  • To kick off NC Craft Beer Month, Foothills Brewing is hosting its first pickleball tournament for charity on Sunday, Oct. 1. It will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. at its tasting room at 3800 Kimwell Dr. Purchase a $10 ticket for a chance to win a spot to play in the tournament.
  • Peek the perks. A $200 welcome bonus, unlimited cash back, and 0% interest into 2024 all with no annual fee almost sounds too good to be true — but this card has it all.*
Winston-Salem on the map
WStoday: Cycle NC riders
Cyclists at the starting line, embarking on a journey across the state. | Aaron Hines via Cycle NC
The city of Winston-Salem will host approximately 700 cyclists as part of the Mountains to Coast ride on Monday, Oct. 2.

Riders with Cycle NC, a department of North Carolina Amateur Sports, will ride overnight at Long Creek Park Trail and University-area hotels.

The seven-day scenic ride across our state is designed to encourage physical fitness while enjoying the scenic beauty of our state

Let’s take a look at the schedule:
  • 12 p.m.: Cyclists will begin arriving to the “Summit,” Long Creek Park Trail on Bethania Tobaccoville Road in Plafftown where some cyclists will be camping on grounds.
  • 4-9 p.m.: Shuttles will run continuously between Long Creek Park Trail, Best Western Plus University, Carolina Classic Fairgrounds, Courtyard University, Foothill’s BrewPub, and Wiseman Brewing.
Visitors will enjoy food, drinks, Monday Night football-watching, and get to explore our city. No road closures are expected.

Winston-Salem is one of eight towns in North Carolina chosen to host riders overnight as they move across the state.
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I attended my first Winston-Salem Symphony concert on Saturday and it was a truly moving experience. To see the symphony’s first female music director, Michelle Merrill, conduct the band is a memory I’ll always cherish. It reminded me that dreams do come true.
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