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Wild Turkey Trail

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

4.5 miles of technical and semitechnical singletrack expertly constructed by the Greensboro Fat Tire Society to challenge skilled riders without excluding beginners. This out and back trail connects the Lake Brandt Greenway (about midway between Bur Mil Park and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park) with the Marina on Lake Brandt Road.
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Latitude
36.149865622816975
Longitude
-79.85258102416992
Trail Length
4.5
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Greensboro
State/Territory/Province
N Carolina
Country
US
Web Address
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Egads ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is an enjoyable trail; the best in the area. It is an out & back trail that runs through a pretty forest bordering Lake Brandt, and is filled with deer and other small critters. The trail has a mix of narrow zig-zags, gullies, banked descents/climbs, rocky sections, straights. It has two short climbs that are tough enough to get you breathing hard, but not very steep. As far as aerobic difficulty, just ride harder to get your heart rate up. It's not technical, and anyone can ride it.

This trail begs to be looped to make it a one way ride. I frequently encounter runners, & riders going the opposite way, which disrupts my flow.

Recommended Route:
I usually park at the tennis center off Piscah Church road and ride the A & Y Greenway to the west trail head. I ride it to the marina and back to the Greenway. I continue north on the Greenway to the Owl Roost trail head. Ride the Owl Roost and back to the tennis center on the Greenway.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Owl Roost

Not the same area, but really enjoy the Bull Mountain trail & Ga International Horse Park trails



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Review Date
March 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Stampers ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Build and managed by the Greensboro Fat Tire Society. One of the newer trails in the GSO system (finished in 2007), it utilizes new school sustainable trail building techniques. Tons of flow and peppered with tech. challenges (ie skinnies, jumps, bermy DH sections).

An out and back trail that links OwlsRoost/Country Park/BurMil/Greenway with Reedy Fork/Blue Heron. A must ride when visiting the G-spot.

Recommended Route:
Either way is fine and a great ride...

Go to www.greensborofattire.org for trail status. Trail is closed when wet.

To contact locals visit our local rider forum: www.biketriad.com

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Country Park, Owls Roost, Bur Mil, Reedy Fork, Blue Heron



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Review Date
September 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bikingchad ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a new and fantastic trail at Bur-Mil park in northern Greensboro. Like the other reviewer stated, its an away-and-back and but far as I'm concerned its a better ride going from the greenway towards Lake Brandt road. There are a few things that I would be wary of, however: (1) Despite there being a pedx-only trail that runs almost parallel to Wild Turkey, there are still walkers on this trail. Most of the time they'll be happy to step off-trail for you but, again as the other reviewer noted, there is potential for some pretty good speed through here and more than a few limited vision corners. They also often have dogs.. (2) Although it hasn't happened to me yet, I've seen riders fixing flats here more than any other trail in the area. Maybe its the speed plus the rocks/roots but either way bring a spare tube or at least a good patch kit and a pump. (3) I was very nearly tackled by a pretty good sized deer here in July! I see deer here almost every time I come through.

This trail is excellent and is probably doable by riders who are even a little experienced. However, if you're not at least an intermediate rider, stop at the 1.75 marker sign (from the greenway) and turn back. If you can't take some pretty steep but short gulley/jumps and aren't too good with fast downhill banked switchbacks then enjoy the first part and turn around.

If you can make it to the end, its 4.3 miles from end to end, which isn't a really long ride, but its immensely rewarding. The speed and diverse corners will keep you on your toes for the entire ride. The best part of Wild Turkey is that there are fewer roots here than any other trail I've riden in the area!

Recommended Route:
I recommend the opposite to what the other reviewer said, but of course its up to taste. There are equally fun bits from both directions, but the really best part of this trail are the two lengths of downhill banked switchbacks where you can almost lay the bike parallel to the ground on some of them (with sufficient speed..).

To make this a longer ride, this is what I do: I park in the Bur-Mil parking lot and ride the greenway out to the Wild Turkey trailhead (its about 1.75 miles). Ride Wild Turkey, then when you get to Lake Brandt Marina, turn right on Lake Brandt Road and follow the road for about another 2.3 miles until the end of the greenway meets the road(its kinda hidden - look for a paved trail that goes in behind an apartment complex). Then, ride the greenway back toward the parking area, past the trailhead for Wild Turkey, then turn onto Owl's Roost Trail and ride that one (which I believe is more fun this way - counterclockwise - than the other reviews for Owls Roost). When you're done Owl's Roost, you'll be pretty much at the parking area.

All told, this ride is about 16 miles and a lot of fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you still have energy after this ride, you can hook Big Loop onto the end of Owl's Roost which adds another 2 miles or so of fairly easy riding.

Other trails in the area are Bald Eagle, which is what I use when I want to ride to Bur-Mil from home but it gets W E T in there and stays that way for a long time after a rain. It also has many many roots. Stick with my 'Recommended Route' and you won't be disappointed.



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Review Date
March 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tmcq ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great Trail! Excellent mix of climb & descent, fast straight-aways, banked turns, and technical fun. Rode this trail for the first time Saturday, then went back Sunday for another. Instantly became my favorite trail.

Recommended Route:
Both directions are great, but park at the Marina on Lake Brandt Road and ride to the Greenway then back. The return trip will finish off your ride with some scorching fast descents. If the 9 mile out and back is not enough for your daily ride, head north on the Greenway to Bur Mill and ride Owl's Roost or Big Loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Owl's Roost Trail
Big Loop Trail
Bald Eagle Trail



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