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18 September . 2015

Wendell Falls Breaks Ground on One of Largest Trail Systems in Wake County

Cherith Mangum

Clairemont Communications


On October 17 at 11 a.m., Wendell Falls, a master-planned community in eastern Wake County, will host a ground-breaking ceremony to launch construction on one of the longest trail systems in Wake County. Developed in partnership with Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC), the trails will span the undeveloped 1,400 acres of Wendell Falls, yielding up to 10 miles of public hiking and biking trails.


“This new trail system is part of our long-term commitment to create opportunities for our community to pursue healthy, active lifestyles,” said Shannon McSwiney, marketing director, Newland Communities. “Located just a short 15-minute drive from downtown Raleigh, the trails will provide an accessible course for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels.”


Wendell Falls also has plans to connect its trail system to the Capital Area Greenway System, potentially adding up to 10 additional miles of trails for riders. The terrain will accommodate a variety of activities, including hiking, mountain biking and casual outdoor exploration. The first mile of trails will be available for public use as early as spring 2016. 


“It’s extremely rare to find a single location with so many miles of trails,” said David Houskeeper, president, TORC. “The length and variety of this multi-use system will make Wendell Falls a travel destination for a wide range of visitors across the state, from bikers to bird-watchers.”


Wendell Falls and TORC plan to host a series of ongoing events in 2016 that will be open to the public, including formal races and casual riding or walking clubs. Interested visitors may also tour the model homes and amenities at Wendell Falls. Similar to Briar Chapel, an award-winning sister community located in Chapel Hill, Wendell Falls features green-certified homes and amenities, complemented by approximately two million square feet of commercial-retail space, open spaces and public parks.


Wendell Falls is owned in a joint venture between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE LLC (NASH), the US business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE Ltd, Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and AMERICAN NEWLAND COMMUNITIES, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of Wendell Falls. It is one of more than 30 assets the NASH-Newland partnership owns or manages together, in 12 states across the US.

For information, visit or call 919-374-2105. Learn more about Wendell Falls at, and on Instagram at @WendellFallsNC. The Wendell Falls information center at 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell, NC 27591.



About Wendell Falls

Wendell Falls is a new-home community in Wendell, N.C. As the gateway between the rich agrarian heritage of the Coastal Plains and the growing prosperity of the Research Triangle, Wendell Falls offers an urbane way of life with 237 acres of parks and open space, 10 miles of trails and pathways, an outdoor pool and fishing pier and future access to North Carolina’s Mountain-to-Sea Trail. The community encourages friends and families to enjoy the culture of a traditional small town while benefitting from the Triangle’s progressive quality of life, complemented by future on-site shopping and entertainment, and direct access to the heart of Raleigh-Durham. The Wendell Falls information center is located at 320 Vintage Point Lane, Wendell, NC 27591.

About Newland Communities

Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 45 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company’s mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, actively owns, operates and develops premier residential master-planned, commercial, retail, and urban mixed-use real estate across the U.S. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states. For more information, visit


NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability conscious master planned communities across the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The Wendell Falls development joint venture is one of NASH’s consolidated subsidiaries in the US. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. is headquartered in Osaka, Japan. For more information, visit and

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