Trails and Outdoor Spaces

Stretch your legs and lace up your sneakers! Our grounds have more than two miles of trails, wetlands, paved pathways, thick woodlands, and an expansive meadow for visitors to explore and enjoy. Don’t skip the waterfall, located along the Reynolda Village trail. Dogs are welcome on the grounds of Reynolda everywhere except the Formal Gardens, but must be leashed.

On the Trails
Leashed Dogs Welcome!
Woodland Trail
Woodland Trail

Nature Awaits

Lake Katharine Wetland and the Boathouse

Lake Katharine was the most prominent feature of the Reynolda landscape when the Reynolds family moved into their bungalow in 1917. The man-made, 16-acre lake was dredged up for the first time in 1924—11 years after its creation. In the 1950s, runoff from the construction of the University of Wake Forest’s new Winston-Salem campus filled the lake again. Today, the area serves as valuable wetlands and a natural history classroom.

Built before January 1913, the boathouse designed by Charles Barton Keen still stands and serves as the Boathouse Education Center for children’s educational programs.

This photograph of Lake Katharine was published in the October 1917 issue of House Beautiful. The original caption read, “Sixty thousand daffodil bulbs were naturalized around this lake, and in blooming time the place is thronged with visitors. In the distance, spot the boathouse and bungalow.”

For the Curious

Full Calendar

Ongoing, 2:00pm

Museum docents will lead 90-minute tours sharing their favorite stories, spaces, and objects in the historic house.

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A green-tinged mushroom on a forest floor.

Oct 19, 2021, 12:30pm

Wellness advocate Dennis Wiggins will discuss a wide variety of fungi from culinary to medicinal.

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Ongoing, 4:00pm

Educator Julia Hood will offer a crash-course on how to talk about art using works from Reynolda’s collection.

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A young boy looks through binoculars as his father kneels beside him outdoors.

Ongoing, 10:00am

Explore the historic estate with activities that encourage dramatic play, music, movement, and art-making.

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