Leslie Knope 2020

Shawna Tillery, Planning and Project Management Division Manager for The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, says that Lake Brandt is the most visited lake in all of Greensboro, based on trail counters at eight different sites in the city. Originally built in 1925 and raised to its present level in 1958, it was named after Mayor Leon Brandt, who served in 1907 and 1908.

To give us something to dream about in the warmer months, GSO P&R reports that “Lake Brandt features fishing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and canoeing (all available to rent). Fishing is most successful for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish, but other species are often caught.”

To view the beautiful majesty of the serene waters at sunset is to know the peace of nature. Its beauty looks especially gorgeous from the A&Y (Atlantic & Yadkin) Greenway, which is Greensboro’s only Rail Trail. Personally, I love to ride my bike down it in the summer to see all the beautiful flowers and birds. Specifically, patrons have reported seeing “bald eagles, blue herons, egrets, ospreys, and several duck species.”

Something I found interesting while boning up on The A&Y Railway was that while its “lifespan covered 1899 to 1950, some of the rails were laid in the 19th century as part of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway (CF & YV). The CF & YV ran from the Atlantic port of Wilmington, NC to Mount Airy. This railway transported mostly granite and at one time took travelers to visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.”

In the present day, it marks an awfully nicer scenic route to take if you’re not in a rush to deal with the terrible traffic down Battleground Avenue. I’m forever grateful to our town’s amazing parks and rec department, who make GSO such a beautiful place to live and have even won (thrice!) the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Administration.
Sources: Greensboro-nc.gov; Shawna Tillery @ GSO P&R; Photo: @abovetheboro

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