Laurel Bluff and Reedy Fork Loop

EASY 27 reviews

Laurel Bluff and Reedy Fork Loop is a 7.1 mile loop trail located near Greensboro, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.1 miles
308 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




Wooded hike along wet land area with many chances of seeing local wildlife. The Laurel Bluff/Reedy Fork Loop trail is actually made up of two trails. The proposed trail head located at the Greensboro Water works is the western most trail head for the Laurel Bluff trail. You will follow this trail 3.2 miles to the eastern trail head. Then follow the road to the left (north) crossing the bridge, turn left on Plainfield Road and continue until you reach the eastern trail head for Reedy Fork trail (another .8 miles). From here you have another 3.2 miles to reach the western trail head of Reedy Fork & by following the road to the left over the Lake Brandt spill way, to the original starting point. Laurel Bluff is closed to bikes but Reedy Fork is open to bikes. Both are open to pets on leashes. Be aware that during periods of high rain or water release from the dam, areas of both trails can be flooded. If you are quiet and lucky you will have the chance to see a multitude of wildlife from birds, reptiles, small mammals to even white tail deer.

3 months ago

watch out for skeet shooters by the air harbor airport. they were shooting directly over the trail. Great trail otherwise!

6 months ago

The changes in elevation on the Laurel Bluff side of the trail are a bit larger than many trails in the area, which is nice. The city finally cut back the kudzu that was overgrowing the trail, just a week before hurricane Michael knocked quite a few large trees across the trail. Would be nice if other hikers abided by the city's leash ordinances.

trail running
8 months ago

Calling this a loop is a little deceiving. You have to connect the trails together by walking along a busy road with not a great shoulder. A portion of the trail in the beginning is also quite overgrown with kudzu.

9 months ago

My wife and I love this trail. I, however, wouldn't call it easy. It has more hills to climb than any of the other trails in thr area and they can get quite steep. Also the kudzu and thistle is beginning to take over one section of the trail so be prepared for that. The thistle will bitr and the kudzu tend to cause a lot of itching.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

We really enjoyed this minus the connection part where you have to walk the busy road then cross to get the the reedy fork part (if you start at the laurel access) and the end where we had to walk again on the busy road and over the bridge/water plant with cars speeding by and with our two dogs it really scared us and them. It isn’t a true loop doesn’t spit you out where you began at all. Pretty bummed about that otherwise it was pretty and fun not very hard.

trail running
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Great loop between Lake Brandt and Lake Townsend. Nice mix of hills and flats. Beavers frequently around Reedy fork side near Lake Brandt

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This "loop" is very nice. A well maintained trail, with parking along Lake Brandt Rd, and near city facilities at the marina. Hiked this early February, weather cool, sunny, all leaves off the trees. Great time of year to do that, no bugs. This is an easy afternoon or early morning hike for an experienced hiker. There are some small climbs. No toilet facilities.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Nice easy trails

Monday, June 20, 2016

I did the loop today. 7.44 miles.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

This loop was closer to 10 miles than 7 but a great way to spend the morning!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Decent walk. Lots of cyclists. This trail does involve walking on the side of the road, which was a little treacherous with our dog. Nothing special, but a good trail if you're looking for a long walk and some good cardio.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Nice scenic trail for family hike. Meanders through forest along wetland stream to lake. Couple of short hills. Marked well. We did one-way (with extra car), not out & back. Five- & eleven-year-olds handled it just fine. Slow walk without having to worry about bikers. I would do it again, and consider it for a trail run.

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