“An old classic that is seeing its rebirth!
— Chris Chaney
There's a seasonal Bald Eagle Nesting Closure on the northwest end of Buckskin (traveling counterclockwise on the loop) from Hog Pen Trail
to Cave Run Trail
. The full closure is in effect from December 1 to July 1 and there's a narrower closure at all times/year round: it is illegal to approach/be within 200 yards of an Eagle nest, per the Bald Eagle Protection Act. The nest is not on the trail so outside of the seasonal closure as long as you do not go beyond the posted signs you are okay.
Buckskin conjures different memories for different people. For many, it's an old, mostly forgotten, classic bike trail that has fallen into obscurity through lack of maintenance. For many, it was a first singletrack experience that left an impression.
Buckskin is singletrack journey through the forests with views out across Cave Run Lake. In places, it's hard and in places, it's a dream.
Buckskin can easily be combined with other trails in the area to form loops and longer hikes. The US Forest Service is working to develop a reroute near the Bald Eagle nesting site that will allow the trail to remain open year round.