Since its construction in early 2008 by The Greensboro Fat Tire Society, the Wild Turkey Trail has become a go-to destination for mountain bikers in North Carolina and beyond. Wild Turkey is not just a trail; it's an experience combining fast sections, berms, rock jumps, and scenic beauty.
Wild Turkey has been meticulously groomed to offer smooth single-track rides along the picturesque Lake Brandt. The trail offers a delectable mix of fast, flowy sections interspersed with a few technical features like large tree obstacles and rock drops.
In addition to its flawless flow, the trail features well-crafted berms, rock jumps, and skinnies. The climbs, although moderate, serve as palate cleansers before the fun descents, making the trail engaging for riders of varying skill levels.
One of the major perks of Wild Turkey is its central location, making it convenient to link with other popular trails like Reedy Fork, Blue Heron, and Owls Roost. This enables ambitious riders to rack up distances between 30 to 50 miles without much difficulty.
To reach Wild Turkey, take 220 North (Battleground Ave) from I-85. After 10 miles, turn right onto Owls Roost Road. The parking lot is on the left at Bur-Mill Park. Ride down to the paved Greenway, turning right past the Owls Roost trailhead. The Wild Turkey trailhead will be on your left after crossing the bridge over Lake Brandt. Alternate parking is available at Lake Brandt Marina.
If you're seeking a versatile trail with a dash of everything — berms, jumps, climbs, and natural beauty — then Wild Turkey is a must-ride. It caters to riders of all levels, although its "Intermediate" rating suggests some experience is beneficial. As an experienced cyclist, Wild Turkey impresses with its balance of fun and challenge, making it not just a trail but a complete MTB experience.
Mountain biking carries inherent risks. Always adhere to local trail rules and guidelines. Exercise caution and ride within your limits.