Explore the most popular hiking trails near Greensboro with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
24 days ago

I feel this is labeled wrong should be considered moderate. Lots of hills even though they are not long climbs and even stairs to climb. Townsend trail is actually 3.8 miles out and back. You can continue on to Osprey trail to add additional distance. Nice hike even saw a few deer.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with very few roots or obstructions. Not a lot of water scenery bit still a pleasant hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We really enjoyed this trail! A lot to look at, we enjoyed the water views. We didn’t encounter anyone when we went early on a Saturday.

Like the trail but there is no parking! Enough spaces for 5 people to park? Have gone 3 times and never been able to get a park there. Always end up risking it and parking in one of the neighborhoods near them.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the trail ~ DID NOT LOVE the fellow hikers who had their dogs off-leash. We have a leash law in Guilford County, however you would not know it hiking this trail! What are these people thinking? I was hiking with my dog, who is CGC certified, and felt very uncomfortable when we met 6 dog owners, all different and not together, with their dogs off- leash. This is against the law!! Will not hike this trail again!

Hiking

hiking
2 months ago

A good hike with the kids. Pretty nice double track rolling hills easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

We started at battleground trail head. I liked starting here and taking a break at the marina (bathroom and vending machines are there) We are new to trails and found this one pretty easy, there were maybe two hills that were tough. Fun for our dogs too!

So much history here! What a fantastic place! Highly recommend this place.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for all skill levels. Beautiful year round. Fun to watch the beavers in action on the dammed parts of the water. Peaceful escape takes you away from the noise of town. You can imagine you are in the woods anywhere!

hiking
2 months ago

Watch for beavers! This was a great hike for me and my boys (ages 10 & 11). I'm extremely overweight and out of shape, so this "easy" hike was hard enough to make my legs ache and my heart pump! My kids had an easier time :) There were some bikes and runners on the trail, but for the most part it was just us. you move away from the sound of traffic fairly quickly - we will definitely return!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

walking
3 months ago

Nice and quite trail with lots of trees to sniff! 5 paws up!

Very good mixed terrain for hiking. Mountain Bikers were very friendly and gave ample warning of their presence. Looking forward to hiking it again during the summer.

trail running
5 months ago

From the parking lot it is 0.5K (0.3 miles) to the loop part. My GPS gives me 4.8K (2.9 miles) for the loop itself. Almost all of the trail is in the forest except when you cross the powerline section twice. There is one spot where you have a view of the wetland area. The thing I like about this trail is there are not a ton of exposed roots although there is a rocky section. This is my preferred trail running choice near Greensboro in the fall when leaf cover makes the rooty lake trail system dangerous for running because of possible ankle sprains. I noticed on a recent run that the leaves had been blown from the trail, an extra bonus for not turning an ankle. Couple of spots with lots of hickory nuts which can be treacherous. A very nice place for trail running but not a destination trail.

hiking
5 months ago

I love this trail, though I have never done the whole thing. I usually park on Lake Brandt and hike a couple miles in before turning around. As others have stated, it's easy, but it does have a couple of hills here and there.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy but very nice trail. There are beautiful views of the lake and spots where you can sit beside it and relax. Someone said something about a hammock which is a wonderful idea!

hiking
6 months ago

Flat trail, easy. There are not as good of markings as seen in many of the other Watershed trails. There are NO mileage markers.

hiking
6 months ago

Across the street from the Blue Heron parking lot on Yanceyville Road. Short loop trail. Nice if you want to add an extra mile and a half to your hike for the day. There are NO mileage markers

hiking
6 months ago

Nice..very easy to do. Although..i have noticed since coming here..people don't pay much attention to leash laws for their dogs..anyway very cool trail..people who let their dogs run free..not so much.

Cool easy trail to hike or run. Very nice this time of year.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail..a few hills..i don't get 4.5 miles on my watch..but close enough. Very easy trail..alot of fun...worth the time to do it.

hiking
6 months ago

Done this trail 100 plus times..great for hiking or running..very easy..a couple of small hills..just wish Greensboro could afford to put trash cans at least at the trail ends..i wouldn't expect the highly motivated city employees to empty them(maybe the City could contract that out..like mowing city owned grass)..but that would be nice.

hiking
7 months ago

My dog and I enjoyed the trail- not very challenging, but quiet and beautiful

Just walked it for first time. Great views , lakes not heavily used.

hiking
7 months ago

Went to check out this trail because I love rarely used trails! Got to the park and spent an hour looking for the trail head - what I found was a very new soccer complex and a new trail head not to be seen! Going to try to find a different place to jump on this trail. Very disappointed.

hiking
7 months ago

Challenging at times. Very clean and well kept. Highly recommend it.

Nice trail but be prepared to move aside for the bikes. Everyone was nice and appreciative of us moving so no issues. I do feel the signage could be better. It appears there are a few trails and we didn't see a sign for Owls Roost. We must have looked lost and a nice biker asked what we were looking for and gave directions. Once on the trail, it was great!

Not really a "trail". It's paved all around the loop but there are some trail sections. Best part, it connects to Military Park so it's 2 for 1.

mountain biking
8 months ago

A great trail! As a beginner I would recommend to proceed with caution.
I hopped in a little fast. This being my second trail ride ever.

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