A hidden trail in the middle of Winston-Salem, full of plants from across the globe. When I stumbled upon this place all I could think about was the movie Day of the Triffids.
The flowers almost seem other-worldly, but they are Nelumbo nucifera—or better known as—Lotus. They’re native to tropical Asia and Australia but apparently thrive in Piedmont North Carolina.
It’s just a short trail with a wooden walkway over a marsh. The walkway used to run across the entire length of the marsh and connect to the Bethabara trail on the other side, but due to costly repairs the city has since cut it off from most of the original trail.
There are still picnic tables and a gazebo but no designated parking nor any signs from the road marking the trail. So if you didn’t already know it was there it’s unlikely you’d find it.
Where to Look
It’s located off Reynolda Rd, across the street from the Carmike Ten movie theater. The beginning of the trail is directly behind the child care facility. Parking can be tricky because you can’t park on the side of the road. I have successfully parked at the child care facility or across the street near the movie theater—but do so at your own risk.