Owl's Roost Trail

Greensboro, North Carolina 27395

Elevation Gain1,123ft
Trailhead Elevation780ft
Elevation Min/Max741/809ft
Elevation Start/End780/780ft

Owl's Roost Trail

Owl's Roost Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 780 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,123 feet. This trail connects with the following: Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway.

Owl's Roost Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"These eight miles of single- and doubletrack ( a two-mile loop at the end of a three-mile, one-way out-and-back) are only for those seeking a challenge. There are no lengthy climbs, but several technical ascents -- along with each corresponding descent -- make this trail a worthy proving ground for the best of riders. It's a pretty ride along Lake Brandt, but you won't have time to look around while riding; be sure to stop and enjoy the view.

Most of the elevation change occurs along the short, steep climbs and descents on either side of small creek ravines near the lake. Otherwise, it is basically level. Despite the technical demands (or maybe because of it), Owl’s Roost Trail has become a local favorite, which partly explains the erosion of the more difficult sections."

"Owl’s Roost is by far the most serious of all the watershed trails. While this track starts innocently enough, serious technical challenges lurk along the lake’s edge. Lots and lots of roots, often downhill, and often laced together into long, gnarly, off-camber welcome mats.

A slick, 25-foot, smooth-bellied gully waits after the worst of the roots for a weightless roller-coaster drop—you’ll need to do it several times. Then a monstrous log pyramid, on an uphill no less, squatting at the top of the last hill. After all that, you can return on a fast grassy doubletrack to bypass some of the rougher terrain. Tread: 7.6 miles of singletrack; 1.7 miles of doubletrack."

Owl's Roost Trail Reviews

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I ride this trail a couple of times a week. This is a great trail to work on your technical, bike handling and root negotiating skills. The trail is very dangerous when it's wet. There are 3 four foot or higher log pyramids the last one at the top of a climb which is a killer. Two root infested climbs that are really nasty when it's wet, a great gulley (20'+ deep) to drop into and lots of big ring cranking along the shore of the lake. Watch out for walkers, runners and other bikers especially on the weekends. There are 3 or 4 regulars that refuse to yield to climbers so be aware when you are going uphill. I start at the first gravel parking on Owls Roost rd. go down the trail to the greenway go right, go about 1/4 mile, the start of Owls Roost is on the left just past the dock. The trail follows the contours of the lake for awhile then you have two tough rooty climbs. A trail comes in from the right at the top of the second climb go straight. Tackle all of the afore mentioned obstacles then you come to another split in the trail. Left takes you out to the greenway right takes you on doubletrack that has two lenghty climbs with two equally lengthy downhills. These are great. At the top of the second climb there is another split, left puts you out at the top of your second rooty climb, right gives you another fast downhill and puts you out about 3/4 way through the trail.
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The Owls Roost trail is a great trail for all skill level of Mountain Bikers. The trail can provide a challenge even to the Advanced bikers but can also be a good trail to learn on. The huge gully takes commitment, and all of the log pyramids create quite a ride. The peaople who use this trail are always great and the views of Lake Brandt can be a great spot for a picnic. Have fun & remember to always wear a helmet.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Bur-Mill Park (336) 545-5300
Local Contacts
USGS Lake Brandt
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018