Wake Forest, NC, with its charming downtown and proximity to three of our new home communities, is worth exploring and getting to know. As the original home and namesake of Wake Forest University, the town has a collegiate ambiance, with a solid arts scene as downtown hosts many art galleries, concerts and events.
Take the family along to explore Wake Forest’s four historic districts, including the 1940s-style homes in the Glen Royall Mill Village area and commercial buildings in the Downtown Historic District from the 1800s. There are also historic buildings that were once part of the Wake Forest University campus before the school was relocated to Winston-Salem in 1956. If your family is up for spooky thrills, take the Wake Forest Cemetery Tour, which features the resting places of several prominent and historic figures in the community.
For nature lovers, Wake Forest has more than 561 acres of parks, green spaces and walking or biking trails to enjoy. E. Carroll Joyner Park is the largest park, featuring 117 acres of green space on what was once a cattle farm. The park includes a well-landscaped perennial garden, pecan grove, amphitheater and three miles of walking trails. Other nature areas include the Smith Creek Greenway, part of the 27.5 mile Neuse River Trail connecting users from Wake Forest to Raleigh and points south, as well as the Wake Forest Reservoir, which is a mile and a half loop around what was originally a drinking water source for the town in the early 1960s. The lake is also open for paddle and electric powered boats. There is a small concrete boat ramp adjacent to the parking area.
Local Arts Scene
Concerts in the Park start on Sunday, August 7th at E Carroll Joyner Park. Bring the kids, friends, a picnic, and a blanket! These free concerts start at 5 pm and end at 7 pm, but come early and stay late! Food and refreshments will be available or bring your own picnic.
Also, the latest “Neck of the Woods” performance series will be Oct. 21! The event takes place on three Friday nights each year from 7:30-9:30pm at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
A "Neck of the Woods" show features 3-4 performers each doing a 15-20 minute performance. Neck of the Woods features area artists who are willing to volunteer and share their art in front of a live audience. Each show is different and will feature a variety of artists.
Finally, mark your calendars now for the Wake Forest Holiday Artisans’ Market. An expansion of the annual Farmers’ Market holiday craft show, the Holiday Artisans’ Market will be held December 3, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts in downtown Wake Forest.
The Holiday Artisans’ Market will showcase a wide variety of items hand made by area artisans and crafts people. The Market will present a unique gift shopping opportunity featuring many types of crafts in a wide range of prices.
With so many great things going on in Wake Forest, NC, we hope you’ll add it to your list of things to explore in the Triangle. In the meantime, if you are interested in custom homes in any of our North Raleigh, NC communities, check out Waterstone Reserve.