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Buffalo Creek Trail

Intermediate
 3.7 (3)

A widely used trail to access the Mammoth Cave backcountry.


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Map Key

4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Point to Point

845' 258 m

High

572' 174 m

Low

318' 97 m

Up

287' 87 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Though the full trail is a bit long, enjoying an out and back hike from the parking area is a great way to explore the Mammoth Cave backcountry on scenic and easy trail.

Description

This trail is the access point to many parts of the Mammoth Cave backcountry, so it sees lots of use. The first 2.4 miles from the Maple Springs trailhead are on an old service/fire road. There are interesting sinkholes and small cave openings to see along the trail, so keep your eyes open! The intersection with the Bluffs Campsite and the continuation of the trail to singletrack is easy to miss, so pay attention to the small signs.

The singletrack leg of the trail is not as heavily used, and that's a shame since it is the most fun. Around the 3-mile mark, be careful of the climb from the creekbed. Due to horse use, it is really sloppy and challenging. The trail continues uphill to the intersection of the Collie Ridge and Wet Prong Trail. There is also a connector trail to the Collie Ridge Campsite.

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Clinton Lewis

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  3.7 from 3 votes

#6

in North Side

#20291

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#6

in North Side

#212

in Kentucky

#20,291

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Photos

Dry Prong from the Buffalo Creek Trail
Sep 29, 2020 near Brownsv…, KY
Dry Prong Creek bed looking exceptionally dry.
Sep 29, 2020 near Brownsv…, KY
Mammoth Cave National Park
Apr 14, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
Mammoth Cave National Park on the Buffalo Creek Trail
Apr 15, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
Trail native at the start of the Sal Hollow Trail
Jun 3, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
A small alcove hides under a snowy blanket along the Buffalo Creek Trail.
Jun 1, 2017 near Brownsv…, KY

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