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Wake Forest’s hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a culturally rich mid-size city in the Piedmont Triad area of one of the nation’s most progressive states. With a population of 246,000, Winston-Salem has consistently built resources in the arts, medicine, health care research, education and commerce.
Located about three miles from the main campus, downtown Winston-Salem is a thriving area that includes galleries and shops; indoor and outdoor performance spaces and museums; a greenway that traverses the Old Salem district; hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafes. You can catch a baseball game with the Winston-Salem Dash, a minor-league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
The University provides an evening shuttle service to and from downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from August to May.
“Cambridge, Massachusetts seemed to have all I wanted: history, universities, a mixture of races, great bookstores, churches and places to party on Saturday night.
Only Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with all the same assets, vied with Cambridge … Winston-Salem is in the Piedmont; it is literally at the foot of the mountains. The mountains that lean over us are the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge … I fell for the soft singing accent of the natives …”
— The late Maya Angelou, poet, actress and Reynolds Professor of American Studies
From “Letter to My Daughter”
From the campus, access to the ski areas of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is a two-hour drive, and travel to the North Carolina and South Carolina beaches takes about four hours. A number of county and state parks are short distances from campus.
Like to try a microbrew after your hike? North Carolina is the home of beer in the South with nearly 100 breweries and brewpubs — the most of any state south of Pennsylvania and east of Texas.
Raleigh (two hours) and Charlotte (90 minutes) boast world-class museums, award-winning food options, and professional football, hockey and basketball teams.
Greater Winston-Salem Activities
- Stroll through Reynolda Village and Gardens, adjacent to the campus, and visit the latest exhibition at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
- Cycle, run, boat or picnic at Salem Lake, on the city’s eastern edge, or Tanglewood Park just west of the city.
- Have dinner with your friends at a sidewalk cafe downtown and walk to a River Run Film Festival screening at the Stevens Center.
- Enjoy a Friday night gallery hop in the Trade Street Arts District.
- Attend a Winston-Salem Symphony concert.
- Tour the Old Salem Historic District and sample traditional Moravian pastries from the Winkler Bakery. Take in a tennis match at the Winston-Salem Open.
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