Wake Forest at a Glance
Education (both public and private), outdoor recreation and small-town culture are among the many reasons why Wake Forest is loved by its residents.
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Get to Know Wake Forest, NC
Wake Forest grew up as both a railroad town and as a college town. From the 1830s up until the 1950s, Wake Forest was home to Wake Forest University. When the college relocated to Winston-Salem in 1956, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary took its place on the historic campus.
In recent decades, Wake Forest has blossomed into a destination to live and play in the Triangle area. Its location along Capital Boulevard and near I-540 allow for a direct commute to Downtown Raleigh and Research Triangle Park (RTP), as well as quick access to RDU International Airport and other major highways.
But the location is only one reason for the town's popularity. Today, Wake Forest residents enjoy the best of big-city access and small-town living. Plenty of festivals allows neighbors to get to know each other, residents of all ages can enjoy the town's recreation programs, Wake Forest's communities offer any amenity imaginable and the schools are among the best in the state.
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Must-Visit Wake Forest Attractions
Downtown Wake Forest has everything you can think of, from clothing boutiques to coffee shops to antiques to breweries. Many of these shops and restaurants are located along White Street in historic brick buildings. If it's outdoor recreation you're after, book a tee time at a local golf course (there are several in the area, including Heritage's semi-private golf club), spend an afternoon at Falls Lake State Recreation Area, or explore more than 50 miles of greenway trails (including segments of NC's Mountains-to-Sea Trail).
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From local eateries to franchise restaurants, Wake Forest offers ample dining options. You can find plenty of places to eat at shopping centers like Downtown Wake Forest, The Factory and Wake Forest Crossing, as well as at Triangle Town Center mall just a few minutes away in Raleigh.
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Travel & Commute
Raleigh: 19 miles (30 min.)
RTP: 27 miles (35 min.)
RDU Airport: 24 miles (30 min.)
Major Highways: I-540, US-1 (Capital Blvd.), US-401
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