Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

on Bill Craft Trail

hiking
10 days ago

My favorite!
Out of parking lot head northeast towards water to see the large beaver lodge. Not on marked trail but there is a path. Lodge is 15 yards from point. Two large dams in this corner of the preserve. Wear long pants to guard against poison ivy and check for ticks after your hike.

Boring trail! 3.7 miles of dirt trail. no water or other features.

Sometimes hard to find parking at the trail head. The lot is very tiny. I like this trail because you can loop rather than going out and back.

on Bill Craft Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Great place to to enjoy a walk in nature. Not too crowded in my experience and we always encounter a critter or two!

I love how I’m the only one there every time I go .. it’s a little creepy with the twisted growth and shadows .. can’t wait to go in the fall

I Hike this one often with my family. Didn’t discover it until recently. There is a section that is all pine and it’s beautiful.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 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!

trail running
8 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
11 months ago

A lovely walk through a nature preserve -- a couple of beaver dams along the way. Well maintained path - not too many roots to step over - you can keep your eyes up and looking at the scenery!! There are also several trail branches that meander through the woods before coming back on the trail - go exploring!

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

A lovely, rarely used trail that goes by sandy beaches and lovely wading areas. Near the end it also goes relatively close to some back yards, so be considerate!!

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

A nice walk around the Lake - the hike around the peninsula has a lot of ups and downs on it, while the northern section is mostly flat. It may be easier to tackle in a counter clockwise direction and cover the harder part first. There is also a bench that literally sits on the water mid way through the peninsula where you can take a break and enjoy the lake.

Not very scenic. I don't recommend going on this trail the day after it rains.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

The portion of this loop when you are supposed to make a right-hand turn after you cross over the water which is called the Palmetto trail is closed due to construction, today is June 10, 2017

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great, quiet trail in newer section of Haw River State Park. Not too many changes in elevation which made it an easy hike for the two kids (5 and 6).

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Nice nearby trail,

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

2nd hike on this trail.Great wildflower trail.Very peaceful.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

The boardwalk was worth the trip, so peaceful.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

I started from the parking area by the Main Lodge at the Summit Environmental Education Center and combined the two short loops for an easy 2.5 mile hike. Be sure to take the .4 mile River Overlook spur off the Piedmont Loop. It is mostly boardwalk and takes you through the wetlands to the edge of the Haw River. With the tremendous amount of rain we have had recently, it made for a unique and beautiful walk over the water. From there, you pass through an oak-hickory forest and a successional field, before ending up by the 6-acre Robins Nest Lake.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

This is a wonderful new loop and the only trail in the Iron Ore Belt Access section of the park (it is not even listed on the park website yet...you can get a map at the trailhead or the Summit Center information area). It is nearly four miles long and includes a beautiful meadow, a hardwood/mixed forest with some amazing trees and a large wetlands area bordering the Haw River. It is much more secluded than the trails in the park's Summit section. Keep a close eye out for wildlife (I spotted many types of birds, a large turtle sharing the trail and a cottonmouth...though the snake was expired).

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Great for walking our GSD. Can't wait to see it in spring and fall.

great views and easy to find

Great trail - very kid friendly

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