Lake Brandt/Palmetto Trail
• Nat Greene Trail. This popular 3.6-mile trail loops through a diverse forest of hardwoods and pines with nice carpets of running cedar. Interpretive signs along one stretch help you figure out what you’re looking at.
• Owl’s Roost Trail and Fire Road. You share this 5.6-miles of trail with mountain bikers; if the trail design seems unusual in spots, that’s to accommodate the fat tire set.
• Palmetto Trail. At 1.6 miles this loop trail is short but features some intriguing geology.
• Piedmont Trail (accessible by heading north on the Lake Brandt Greenway and picking up just past the bridge, on the right). There’s a good deal of exposure on this 2.75-mile (one way) trail, which takes you through an impressive stand of kudzu (the vine that ate the South) and assorted bushes bearing berries.
The watershed lakes offer a remarkable concentration of hiking trail for an urban area.
More info: Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department
Maps: Downloadable here, also available at the park.
Getting there from downtown Greensboro
Distance: 15 minutes from downtown Greensboro to Bur-Mil Park
Time to complete: 1 to 3 hours (depending upon trail hiked)
Address: 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road