Whether by two feet, two wheels, or even four hooves, there are numerous ways to take in the stunning fall foliage around Winston-Salem. Our location in central North Carolina delivers comfortable, cool temps as early as September—and with them, a colorful canopy of changing leaves that peaks in October and lingers into November. Here are four of our favorite ways to bask in fall’s beauty during your next visit.
Cruise Through Scenic Old Salem on a Segway Tour
Head out with Triad ECO Adventures on a Segway Tour through historic Salem. This 1766 Moravian settlement is one of our city’s most popular attractions. Thousands visit every year to experience the 18th and 19th century traditions of these early settlers. While Triad ECO Adventures offers a variety of tours throughout the week, this special Old Salem tour is only offered on Mondays, Old Salem’s “day off,” creating a peaceful setting for your two-wheeled outing.
Seek out the perfect fall foliage backdrop beside the towering maple trees found outside the 1771 Miksch House. Marvel at the fiery glow of the Gingko Tree in God’s Acre, a Moravian cemetery where rolling hills are dotted with identical white marble headstones. And don’t forget to swing by Winkler Bakery, one of the oldest operating bakeries in the country, which gladly serves up fresh-baked autumn treats.
Cycle the Salem Greenway
The 5.2-mile Salem Creek Greenway starts at the scenic Salem Lake and has multiple routes branching off to some of Winston-Salem’s top sites. Pedal your way to the new Quarry Park* or through downtown’s Innovation Quarter** while enjoying cooler fall temps and colorful leaves.
The best part is you don’t even have to bring your own bike. Simply, pick up a rental bike at one of the many Zagster rideshare stations, including one conveniently located at Salem Lake. Or if you’re staying at the popular Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem, complimentary bikes are included.
*From Salem Greenway, hop off on the Peachtree Greenway and continue to Waughtown Connector, which takes you directly to the Quarry—one of the most popular skyline and foliage views in the city.
**From Salem Greenway, take Long Branch Trail through Wake Forest Innovation Quarter where what used to be R.J. Reynolds Tobacco warehouses and smokestacks are now lofts, restaurants, breweries, and so much more.
Llamas at Divine Llama Vineyards
Take a Llama for A Vineyard Stroll
Where there’s wine, there’s…llamas? That’s the case for Divine Llama Vineyards! Located just 20 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, Divine Llama offers guided llama treks through trails on the 77-acre wooded estate. The curious, friendly, and ever-so-furry hiking companions can carry your gear before you enjoy a wine flight in the tasting room.
Although Divine Llama is only open Friday through Sunday, it’s near two other weekend-only wineries—Cellar 4201 and Flint Hill Vineyards. Visit all three next time you’re in Winston-Salem over a weekend.
Want to book your llama trek? Check out Divine Llama’s Facebook page to send them a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule.
Plot Your Way Up Pilot Mountain
Located just half an hour from downtown, Pilot Mountain* is part of a North Carolina state park. Known for its iconic peak—a perfect backdrop for pictures—Pilot Mountain offers miles of winding trails to take in fall’s stunning showcase of colors.
Choose your own adventure from beginner to advanced, whether hiking or biking. Rock climbing and rappelling are even allowed on portions of the park’s cliffs. If you make it to the summit, Pilot Mountain will reward you with striking long-range views of the entire region, including Sauratown and Blue Ridge Mountains.
*Interesting Fact: The town of Pilot Mountain is best recognized as “Mt. Pilot” from The Andy Griffith Show.