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Nat Greene Trail



3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 129' 39 m
Descent: -137' -42 m
High: 808' 246 m
Low: 743' 227 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)


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Trail shared by Jai Irvin

A singletrack trail leading through the woods along the east side of Lake Brandt.

Jai Irvin

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Lots to see. At the north end of the trail is an area that used to be a nature trail and, though in disrepair, some identification plaques are still available.

Open all year from dusk to dawn. Marina is closed on Tuesdays so you won't be able to park there during the day. Parking is available outside the gate, but visitors will need to use a connector path to get to the trail.


This is a footpath which is part of the Greensboro Watershed Trail System and can be used as part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. This is an alternate to the semi-parallel, multi-use Wild Turkey trail. There are sections which are common to both trails so watch for cyclists in these areas.

The official website claims the trail to be 3.6 miles.

There are two trailheads and both have parking areas. The northern trailhead departs out of the southeastern corner of the Lake Brandt Marina parking lot. The southern trailhead is located off of Old Battleground Rd, east of Horsepen Creek. Parking there is very limited with space for only five or six cars.

As with all the Greensboro Watershed trails, this trail is well developed and well maintained. It passes through forests of hardwoods and southern pines. Since the trail roughly follows the east edge of Lake Brandt, it crosses some streams and other wetlands. There are well-built bridges for the streams and boardwalks in the marshier areas.

Some of the trail follows the banks of Lake Brandt and at other points it veers off into deeper woods. There is some rolling terrain which may be difficult for some. It is a very fun trail, though.

There are also opportunities to connect to other trails to extend your outing. It connects with both the aforementioned Wild Turkey trail and the paved Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway. The greenway can (less than a mile) also be used to reach the Palmetto Trail, Owl's Roost, and the Shady Side Loop area as well. Using Old Battleground Rd, one can connect with the southern end of the Palmetto Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of trees and other forest flora. There are also plenty of wetland plants due to the proximity to the streams, lakes, and wetlands. Deer, squirrels, and chipmunks are the most common mammals but water fowl such as egrets and herons are not uncommon on the lake. Other birds are also in abundance.

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May 30, 2018
Neilson Murray
Out and back with the wife and dogs
Feb 18, 2018
Greg Richardson
Jan 21, 2018
Dan Schenkat
Muddy due to melting snow but still passable 4mi
Oct 22, 2017
Federico Borso
Oct 14, 2017
Chris Duemmel
Apr 22, 2017
John Walker
Mar 19, 2017
Chris Duemmel
Great hike. Comfortable temperature. Trail was BUSY! 3.7mi
Oct 26, 2016
Jai Irvin
Did combination of this trail & Wild Turkey. 6.6mi — 2h 09m

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