Wake Forest

Wake Forest’s charm is undeniable

Welcome to Wake Forest

Small-town charm all around

Wake Forest’s charm is undeniable. From its quaint, historic downtown to its exceptional schools, this town is a family favorite. This community has blossomed since the turn of the century when its population doubled between 2000 and 2010. Additionally, Wake Forest’s convenient location ten miles north of Raleigh makes a commute into the city’s center short and sweet. This town is incredibly walkable, which makes it easy to enjoy everything that Wake Forest has to offer, from boutique shopping to restaurants serving dinner alfresco. Sweeping manor homes with wraparound porches and luscious front lawns dot the landscape of mature trees and babbling creeks.

What to Love

  • Mild winters
  • Blossoming community
  • Stunning homesteads
  • Close to urban conveniences

People & Lifestyle

Often considered one of the best places to live in North Carolina, Wake Forest is easy to love. This small town is ultra-friendly, offers plenty of green spaces to get outdoors, and is fully-stocked with trendy restaurants, big-name retailers, and local grocers. With an average of 220 sunny days a year, every day in Wake Forest can feel like a vacation.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

For a taste of everything, try Over The Falls. This bar and grill has a little something for everyone, and their extensive menu makes sure of it. Whether you’re craving a hand-tossed pizza, flavorful surf and turf, or one of their decadent homemade desserts, Over The Falls won’t disappoint. Brigs at the Forest have been dishing up breakfast dishes all-day long since 1988. Their casual dining room is a great place to gather for morning coffee or stop by for lunchtime burgers. 

Downtown Wake Forest is home to consignment shops, coffeehouses, and art galleries. Take a stroll down White Street for an afternoon of window shopping. Grab a latte to-go from Wake Forest Coffee Company and head to The Factory for some retail therapy, but stay for the ax throwing. This diverse mall offers a wide variety of dining options, an indoor sportsplex, a salon and spa, and more. 

Things to Do

Every year, Historic Downtown Wake Forest hosts the Meet in the Street Festival. This event highlights the best of Wake Forest with live music, children’s entertainment, vendors selling handcrafted art and artisanal goods, and delicious Southern cooking. The event is always free and fun for the whole family. 

Get a closer look at Wake Forest’s past at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. Rain or shine, the Wake Forest Farmers’ Market supports regional vendors and acts as an educational opportunity to reinforce the importance of sustainable growing and supporting local farmers.

Take advantage of Wake Forest’s excellent weather and head to Falls Lake State Recreation Area. This park spans over 5,000 acres along the banks of Falls Lake, and you can’t beat watching the sun set over the glistening water. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or just stopping by for an afternoon swim, this paradise is only twelve miles west of Wake Forest. For a more localized excursion, E. Carroll Joyner Park is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. At 117 acres, this restored farmland is home to a pecan grove and a 1,000 lawn-seat amphitheater.


Wake Forest’s schools are some of the highest-rated in the area. Both public schools and private academies exemplify Wake Forest’s dedication to academic excellence. A few of the most notable local educational facilities include: 

  • Heritage Middle School, 6-8
  • Endeavor Charter, K-8
  • Envision Science Academy, PK-8
  • Jones Dairy Elementary, PK-5


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