June 28, 2024

Outdoor Adventures Awaits You

Outdoor adventure is an art in Winston-Salem.

A woman enjoying the view at Dynamis Vineyard and Winery

Explore the Yadkin Valley Wine Region

A mere 30 minutes from the Yadkin Valley Wine Country, which offers a scenic and picturesque environment coupled with a variety of award-winning wines. You can find traditional wine tasting rooms as well as more unique and immersive vineyard experiences here, so there is something for everyone. It calls visitors to sip and see, with over 40 vineyards and wineries to explore. Head toward Lexington and stop off at Junius Lindsay Vineyard, Weathervane Winery, and Childress Vineyards, or head west for a tour of Divine Llama Vineyards, Medaloni Cellers, and Rayson Winery & Vineyards.


A woman sitting on an overlook at Hanging Rock State ParkOutdoor Adventures

Gain some altitude at Pilot Mountain State Park, home to one of the most recognizable and iconic mountains in North Carolina. It is a great place for hikers, rock climbers, and nature lovers. Another nearby state park to explore is Hanging Rock State Park, which features a variety of trails that lead to picturesque mountain views, rock outcrops, waterfalls, and even a mountain cave. Some are open to horseback riding and mountain biking, and a portion is part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. You can also take a dip in the swimmable lake or pitch a tent at one of the campsites.

If a water adventure is what you’re looking for, head over to Salem Lake, where you can enjoy kayaking, walking and biking trails, and a great spot to fish. If you’re bringing your littles, be sure to stop by the marina and ask for the Salem Lake Scavenger Hunt guide! This free self-guided adventure will send your family off into nature to learn about the local environment, keeping your eyes out for wildlife and native plants! 

Tanglewood Park is a 1,100-acre public park offering two championship golf courses, a bed and breakfast, RV campground, horse stables, fishing on two stocked lakes, pedal boats, tennis courts, a public pool during the summer months, and so much more. 


Two women walking through a garden admiring the flowersSmell the Roses

If you like meandering through beautiful gardens, then Winston-Salem has you covered. Check out the Reynolda Gardens, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden and Old Salem Museums and Gardens. We’ve even laid out the perfect garden-centric adventure in our Winston-Salem Garden Guide, walking you through a self-guided itinerary of immersive garden experiences. 


a group of people on stand up paddleboards at Salem LakeGet Up and Get Moving

Triad ECO Adventures offers bike rentals, segway excursions, and standup paddleboard adventures on Salem Lake, so you don’t sacrifice your daily endorphin rush. But don't worry, you can explore Winston-Salem on two feet, too! With a plethora of urban walking trails like the Salem Strollway, Long Branch Trail, and the Salem Creek Greenway, you don’t have to wander far from the vibrancy of downtown. Explore all the sports, recreation, and outdoor activities our city has to offer.