Certain places just attract people. The cool, clear water of Little Buffalo Creek has been attracting people for centuries. American Indians frequented Little Buffalo Creek on hunting trips. Farmers and merchants used to gossip and pass news while the grain was ground at Shoaffs Mill. Nearby, merchants, local people and travelers met at Blue Ball Tavern. Today, thousands of people meet at Little Buffalo State Park to picnic, swim, fish, hike and experience nature and history.
Weather was wet, but we had a nice time hiking the trails. Made the loop around the lake using the exercise trail, middle ridge trail, fisherman's trail and blue ball trail. The hiking is not too difficult and the trails are marked well. You do a little bit of climbing on middle ridge trial via switch backs. All in all it was a nice day.
Easy to moderate hike around the lake. Some short climbs but a nice early season hike. I hiked this with a group of eight people some from the Sierra Club. Lots of nice wooden bridge stream crossings. We took our time so it was closer to 3 1/2 hours
I have been wating to do this trail for years and I finally scheduled it in. This park is great for hiking, boating, fishing, swimming and camping. I hiked the Middle Ridge Trail, Little Buffalo Creek Trail, Buffalo Ridge Trail and the Mill Stone Trail to make one large loop around the lake. Middle Ridge Trail could be labled as difficult do to the switchbacks through the spurs and draws but most of the other trails are moderate. Keep and eye opened for wildlifeas you traverse across the narrow trails riddled with rocks I missed opportunities for pics of the wildlife because my eyes were looking down at the trail. Trail is very well established, a couple of directional signs are in need of fix up but the trail is unmistakable.