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Buffalo Creek Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 318' 97 m
Descent: -287' -87 m
High: 845' 258 m
Low: 572' 174 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Clinton Lewis

A widely used trail to access the Mammoth Cave backcountry.

Clinton Lewis

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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Nov 10, 2018
Dewayne Robbins
Jul 7, 2017
Becka Hartman

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#6

in North Side

#17498

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#6

in North Side

#206

in Kentucky

#17,498

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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
The terminus of the Wet Prong Trail. The Buffalo Creek Trail enters from the left, the Collie Ridge Trail starts behind me and the Wet Prong begins to the right. And there is a trash can here!
Aug 3, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
Great light makes for a beautiful run on the Buffalo Creek Trail.
Feb 21, 2017 near Brownsv…, KY

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