National Trails Day

2020 National Trails Day

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Trails Day has been postponed. 

The decision to suspend this event was based on the unpredictability of the coronavirus, a desire to safeguard the health and safety of the community, and an expectation that residents will not be allowed to gather safely in large groups for the foreseeable future.

A makeup date will be announced once the situation becomes more stable. 

National Trails Day 5K

The Greenways Advisory Board invites you to join us for the second annual Wake Forest National Trails Day 5K.

Wake Forest has been celebrating National Trails Day for the past six years. Now we are including a 5K race to the festivities! Race proceeds will support the maintenance of current greenways and development of new greenways in the Town of Wake Forest.

Check-in for the 5K walk/run begins at 7 am, and the start time is 8 am

Environmental Education Expo 

The Environmental Education Expo will offer both children and adults a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of nature while learning about the environment. Featuring interactive environmental education stations set up throughout Joyner Park, the expo will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the Wake Forest greenway system and get an up-close look at a variety of living things they might encounter along Town trails:

  • Examine reptiles and amphibians and learn about their tracks and signs at an exhibit from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences;

  • Learn how to identify song birds, identify and reduce stormwater pollutants, and make fishing line containers

  • Hear animal night calls;

  • View camping exhibits and more!

NTD Expo     NTD Expo Photo

NTD Expo Photo     NTD Expo Photo

Health & Fitness

The Town will be offering free Yoga from certified yoga instructor, Stephanie Barnhill. It will take place from 10:15 am to 11 am at the amphitheater. 

* Please note: Anyone planning to participate is encouraged to bring a yoga mat.

Participating Organizations 

Several local organizations will be participating in the Environmental Education Expo, including  NC Leave No Trace and NC State Climate Office. Many more will be confirmed as the event date approaches. 

Kids who pick up a passport at the Greenways Advisory Board booth and have it stamped at 6 or more stations  will be eligible for a special prize (while supplies last). Those who visit ALL booths will be eligible for additional prizes.


Bourbon Street Beignets will also be onsite offering delicious breakfast treats.

Celebrating Trails & Greenways

National Trails Day (NTD) is a celebration of America's trail system, which occurs annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features outdoor activities designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Since 2003, the Town of Wake Forest has been building greenways as a way to bring open spaces that enhance the lives of its citizens within easy walking distance of their homes. The greenways link neighborhoods, parks, schools, and open spaces while also connecting to the vast Triangle greenway system. There are several more greenways planned for the Town of Wake Forest.