Wake Forest Reservoir Loop

EASY 5 reviews

Wake Forest Reservoir Loop is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wake Forest, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
160 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





trail running




Park on the dirt lot on the SW side of the lake by the dam off Traditions Grande BLVD. At the end of the west side of the reservoir, turn right, walk up Oak Grove Church Rd to cross the bridge then dive back to follow the trail on the east side of the reservoir. There is a network of trails but it is straightforward to follow the line of the reservoir at the end. The one downside is that the trail ends abruptly by the spillway of the reservoir. You need to cross this to get back to the lot. Since the path at this point was well worn, it appeared that many have used it to reach the parking lot.

3 days ago

22 days ago

Enjoyed the wooded hike along the reservoir, but this loop gets a little adventurous at places. Starting from the parking lot walking clockwise the first 1/3rd is pretty well marked with orange markers. Then the marking stops and you come out at a road. You have to follow the road across the bridge and pick up the trail by the adopt a highway sign. From there the trail, though fairly well traveled, gets a bit confusing at times. It seems to cross with mountain bike trails at spots. I had to double check with the recording. The last 1/2 mike is well traveled again then you come out at the spillway. The actively draining spillway. Luckily it was just a trickle when I was there and I didn’t get my shoes too wet. If it was really draining I guess you’d have to walk out to the road or take your shoes off and wade.

27 days ago

Would have to say this loop is moderate, not easy. Lots of roots, quick turns, hilly backside and the trail markings on the back half are non existent so it can be a challenge to stay on course.

1 month ago

2 months ago