Winston Salem is blessed with over 70 public parks and greenways with amenities like picnic shelters, playgrounds, ball fields and pools. Our parks offer something for all ages and interests and some even offer history lessons. We enjoy them all but have narrowed down our Top 5:

5. Historic Bethabara Park: Bethabara is the site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina and is a National Historic Landmark. The park offers visitors an opportunity to observe life in colonial America and is home to the oldest standing church with an attached residence in North America. The park is situated on over 180 acres and is home to over 100 species of birds. Hike the trails, take in the scenery, learn about the earliest settlers of the area from costumed interpreters and visit the gift shop. There are also many festivals and celebrations throughout the year including Highland Games, Concerts and Christmas by Candlelight.

4. Quarry Park: The newest park in the city, Quarry Park, was formerly a rock quarry for Vulcan Materials. Now filled with water, the quarry is a beautiful spot for viewing the vistas of downtown Winston Salem. There are several scenic overlook spots and an observation pier. Walking trails provide a perfect spot to exercise your furry friends.

3. Hanes Park: Located in the heart of Winston-Salem, Hanes Park is accessible by many neighborhoods including West End, Ardmore, Buena Vista, downtown and Ardmore. Filled with mature landscape, the park makes a perfect picnic spot. The playground is perfect for little ones. Tennis lovers can work on their game at the Joe White Tennis Center. The park is also close to R.J. Reynolds High School which is on the National Historic Register.

2. Miller Park: Located in the Ardmore Neighborhood, Miller Park has a community center with programs for all ages including an after school program. The park includes fitness trails, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, softball field and more. Ardmore is the largest historic district in the city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

And the #1 Park is Salem Lake: Considered a hidden gem in our city, Salem Lake is just minutes from downtown and offers a 365 acre lake with 7 miles of walking trails. This is the perfect spot for dog walking! The park also offers pier and boat fishing and is great for kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. In the fall, Salem Lake is a great spot to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves and there are even free guided fall foliage hikes.

For hours and admission fees, please visit the City of Winston Salem website at http://www.cityofws.org/Departments/Recreation-Parks

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