Honey Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 631' 192 m
Descent: -651' -199 m
High: 1,590' 484 m
Low: 1,114' 340 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)
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“One of the most popular loops in the park, with waterfalls, overlooks, and awesome rock formations.”— Max Willner
Honey Creek Loop is considered a bit more challenging of a hike compared to the Burnt Mill Bridge Loop of Big South Fork, due to some steep areas and stream crossings. This trail can at times have steep water crossings and difficult boulder scrambles, so it would not be an ideal trail for small children or dogs. The loop is enjoyable to hike in both directions, but the description for this trail will follow it counterclockwise.
Right off the bat is a set of steps hikers can take up to follow the ridge before eventually dipping down into a thicker part of the woods. About 1.5 miles into the trail is a location known as Echo Rock, a large cliff face. Continuing on the loop, hikers will descend again towards Honey Creek and follow a portion of the Big South Fork River.
Heading south, hikers will come across a slot canyon, a rare geological formation in this region of the United States. The striations along the canyon are very similar to that of those found in the American southwest. A little under 3.5 miles into the loop, hikers will find the Boulder House Falls.
Around 4 mies into the loop, there's a small side trail on the left that leads to the Honey Creek Falls. Otherwise, hikers can continue along the trail and back towards the trailhead/parking area.
Big South Fork is known to have over 60 species of fish, along with a wide variety of mammals such as black bear, white-tailed deer, elk, raccoons, bobcats, and gray foxes. There are also over 160 species of birds to be found in Big South Fork in varying times of the year.
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Land Manager: NPS - Big South Fork Nat. River and Rec. Area Office