ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – NC Wesleyan University is adding a 2-mile walking trail around the perimeter of campus, creating a complete 5K path. The trail will serve as a safe place for Wesleyan students and the Rocky Mount community to exercise or go for a stroll while enjoying the campus’ beautiful scenery.
The Longleaf Foundation and the Nash County Tourism Authority each contributed $50,000 to fund the new trail. The trail will start at the front entrance of Wesleyan’s campus, snake around the perimeter, and connect to the interior loop, forming 3.2 miles.
Wesleyan Director of Security Wayne Sears assures the trail will be safe and well-marked. “Safety on campus is one of our top priorities. The new trail is a favorable alternative to walking or running on high-traffic roads.” The trail’s safety features include lighting, 6 footbridges, and 911 Emergency Towers. Two of footbridges are Eagle Scout projects. To rest during your walk or run, benches will be provided at intervals throughout the course.
Wesleyan President Dewey Clark encourages the Rocky Mount community to take full advantage of the new walking trail. “We welcome everyone to come and explore all our campus has to offer. We know our new trail will be a way for Wesleyan students and the rest of the Rocky Mount community to connect.” NC Wesleyan’s Facebook page posted about the new walking trail and received an outpour of positive feedback. Wesleyan students past and present have expressed their excitement about the coming project. The NCWC Facebook page will continue to post updates on the trail as development continues.