Greensboro Trail Report - Owls Roost
(updated: Nov 18, 2008)
This is a guest post by Austin (Sir Peanuts):
A few weeks back me, my girlfriend, and a few more of my good friends made a road trip up to Greensboro to check out the trails and see if they are really as good as people say they are. As you will soon see, we were certainly not disappointed.
We got to Greensboro and the first trail that we hit was Country Park. Located in Country Park off of 220, this trail is around 4.5 miles of twisty, turny, technical single track. With some solid climbs and some rooty sections, this reminds me most of Blue Clay. This trail was one I was most disappointed in. While it was far from a bad trail, it was just underwhelming. I was also slightly surprised that there was no one riding the trail since it was a perfect morning for a ride. I would find out why when I made my way just a few miles north to Bur-Mill Park.
The next thing we did was hit the amazing Bur-Mill Park. Located in Bur-Mill are the trails Big Loop, Little Loop, Owls Roost, and Wild Turkey. Also located near by is a trail called Reedy Fork. Due to time constraints we were not able to hit every single little thing in the area so we had to concentrate on the ones we thought would be the most fun. Therefore we took off and hit Owls Roost first!
Oh Owls Roost how I love thee. I have to say that Owls Roost was everything that it was made out to be. Over the course of the weekend I would end up riding Owls Roost 3 1/2 times. It is a beautiful trail located on the edge of Lake Brandt.
While beautiful it was also able to hand us some nice thrills. With, at most, two real climbs this trail was all fun. With several really fun downhills and sections that were just aching to be ridden at full speed it seemed like it flowed best of the trails we would ride.
The great thing about the way Owls Roost was designed was that you could ride it both directions and get a great ride either way. Both ways were fast and flowed amazingly well. We kept getting surprised by people going full blast coming from the other direction as we would stop to enjoy the view.
The last trail we hit was Wild Turkey, a recently completed trail built by the Greensboro Fat Tire Society. One thing I regret about riding this trail was that I was just simply to tired to hit it with all my gusto. Add that to the problem that one of my friends broke their shifter effectively turning his bike into a single speed and we had a slower ride then usual. None the less this trail was still a lot of fun. With several burmed corners, fast descents, and smooth flowing sections this trail is more than up to par with the best that Owls Roost could throw at us. Much like Owls Roost, you could take this one both directions and it was a blast. In fact, unless you planned on riding on the road to get back to the greenway you were going to have to ride it both ways. That’s the only gripe I had about it.
Overall I have to say that this was so much fun I’m envious of the people that get to live near these trails. But that’s not the only good thing about these parks. Truthfully Bur-Mill and Country Parks are amazing. They are beautifully maintained and there were constantly people EVERYWHERE enjoying them. Mountain Bikers on the trails, walkers, road riders, and entire families on the Greenway, and even more families enjoying the picnic areas and ponds. Not to mention there were recreational fields for baseball, a dog area in Country Park, volleyball, a driving range, and more. These parks cater to so many types of people its just amazing to see. It’s what a park system should be. The best part is that the Greenway connects the two of them. So instead of having to hop in the car and ride to one or the other from the one you are already at, you can take the time to walk the Greenway paths and get there instead. In an entire day, if you are ambitious enough, you could ride all the trails at Bur Mill (Owls Roost, Wild Turkey, Big and Little Loops) and then ride the Greenway down to Country Park to hit the trail there. I loved everything about it and it’s a must for those who simply love to ride. I give the entire Trail System an A. Simply spectacular!
Trail head to Owls Roost: and we were complaining about to much signage!
Check the sign! They have video surveillance!
One side of a massive bowl in the middle of Owls Roost.
1. Reno said...
Reminds me of a bumper sticker I used to have;
"I-40 West....Use It!"
Great write up and pics!
Nov 19, 2008 @ 8:34 AM
2. Sir Peanuts said...
Thanks Reno, been meaning to get this up for the last week but i've been recovering from Strep Throat and an ear infection.
Oh and no one knows who Austin is! I am Sir Peanuts!!!
Nov 19, 2008 @ 11:43 AM
3. D said...
Next time you are up this way you should also check out Northeast Park (also in Guilford County just a little east of Country Park and Bur-Mil.) Nice long loop with good flow, scenery and facilities at the park. I have friends who regularly ride Owl's Roost among others in the area and say Northeast Park compares very favorably. Hopefully I can get all my knee issues behind me this winter and get back on the Mountain Bike. My family has a place at Sunset Beach and I have been dying to come check out Blue Clay ever since I found this site.
Nov 20, 2008 @ 1:06 PM
4. Sir Peanuts said...
That sounds like it would be fun, if i were on 220 how would i get to that park? Next time we are up that way we will try to make that part of the trip.
Nov 20, 2008 @ 1:16 PM
5. D said...
Here's the URL to the Park's Website which has a menu item Directions to Northeast Park which included directions from US 220 - http://www.northeastpark.net/
Nov 20, 2008 @ 1:44 PM
6. travisty said...
You forgot to mention the dirt jump park at country park behind the baseball field. It is pretty nice, definitely worth riding.
Nov 22, 2008 @ 2:27 PM
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