Buffalo Creek Park Trail

At A Glance


3.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.5
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles


This trail, which doesn't really have a name per se (other than "the loop trail" or "trail: phase 1") is a newly-constructed, machine-built path. It's rather wide, but it was built to accommodate multiple uses (bikes and hikers). It winds through lots of unnecessary switchbacks - great for riding, but a bit redundant for hiking, since it doesn't seem to really get anywhere fast. And the giant water turnouts make for a lot of up and down which - again - is tailored more to bicycle use.

Still, it's not a bad hike. The forest is mixed, with a patch of hemlocks still surviving near the bottom. There's no water to speak of other than at the very bottom as well. At the high point, a neat rock outcrop is worth exploring (but beware of the poison ivy covering the rock below the trail). There are limited wintertime views, including nearby Bald Mountain Lake.

This trail is located in the Buffalo Creek Park area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Buffalo Creek Park trails list page.


Map Information

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Buffalo Creek Park - Main Trail to Parking

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 0.16 mi

Buffalo Creek Park - Main Trail to Rumbling Bald

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 300 ft

Buffalo Creek Park - Main Trail to Split

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 0.22 mi

Buffalo Creek Park - Split N to Rocks

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 1.63 mi

Buffalo Creek Park - Split S to Rocks

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 1.54 mi

Total Calculated Length: 3.61 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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