Winston Salem Trial

Celebrate the beginning of 2023 Year of the Trail by hitting the trail!  Every State Park is hosting a “First Day Hike” on New Year’s Day. Find an organized hike or celebrate on your own by visiting some of the trails listed on NC Triad Outdoors.

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The NC Triad is rich with lakes and rivers, making our region a paddler's paradise full of kayak, canoe, or paddleboard opportunities.


The Graham-Mebane Lake is a reservoir in the Eastern area of our region. A 650-acre source for recreation, the lake provides a lush, tree-lined setting for your favorite paddle sports. Greensboro's Lake Brandt is an 816-acre reservoir perfect for boating and other watersports. During the summer, rowboats, kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes are available to rent, creating the ideal opportunity to try something new. High Point City Lake also provides rental equipment and features many events throughout the summer. Burlington's Lake Mackintosh has over 61 miles of shoreline to enjoy as you paddle before enjoying a picnic area and playground for the perfect outdoor afternoon or evening.


The Dan River flows for 214 miles throughout the Triad and offers paddling opportunities from a leisurely float to Class I-III rapids. Access points are plentiful throughout the region, and the Dan is sure to flow no matter the weather. The Haw River also offers a paddling trail that allows paddlers to experience the natural beauty of the Piedmont region. Fourteen paddle access points provide access to the entire length of the Haw, which is sure to amaze both novices and veterans.

If you're not bringing your kayak, use our "Kayak Rental" filter to find the best locations to rent a kayak!