Buzzardroost Rock Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Buzzardroost Rock Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Union, OH that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles 718 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The most popular of all trails in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve system is the one that leads to Buzzardroost Rock, which stands like a giant limestone monument far above the waters of Ohio Brush Creek. The panoramic scene from this hilltop has been called Ohios most spectacular view. Buzzardroost Rock trail is not a loop, and the round trip hike of three miles is considered moderately difficult, with steep grades and steps. Preserve naturalists suggest that hikers plan to spend a minimum of two to three hours for the round trip, allowing time to observe the natural features along the way and enjoy the scenic view from the top of the rock.

1 month ago

Good trail

1 month ago

Beautiful day for a hike with a nice breeze to help with the climb.

1 month ago

Great trail! My dog and I loved the walk today and look forward to going back soon. The view is worth the hike

3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! I love this trail! The view at the top makes it so worth it!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail with a great view at the top! Parking available but no restroom/water fill up.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

the best trail I have been on in this area. we went the day after a rain and there was a few slick spots but was easily passable. be ready for a good workout. great view at the end. when you get to the split the 1.2 mile leg has better scenery.

8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

Great trail!

hiking
1 year ago

We went twice, once at the end of July and once at the beginning of August. The first time it we picked a very hot and humid day which made it horrible. The second time we went it was not nearly as humid and a cooler temperature. I also suggest not going after rain as the trails can become very slippery. The new trail head is hard to see.. if coming from the town of West Union heading towards Lynx you won't see the sign, only a white mailbox on the right. If you see Mahogany Road (on the right), turn around because you JUST passed it. It's a gravel driveway. It's a very scenic trail, and very lovely as long as you don't go on a humid day. It's high up but there are only a few steep hills to climb so it's not too hard for children. I took my 5 year old son and my 10 year old nephew (take plenty of water and some snacks if taking children). Once you reach the top it's breathtakingly beautiful! The first time my son climbed it he was so excited over the view and the fact that he had finally reached the top. The view at the end makes it definitely worth it for those who don't enjoy hiking and being in the wilderness as much as I do. This is definitely one of my favorites.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Did this trail in fall of 2014. Beautiful hike, trail was kept good and marked well. Great lookout area at the top with amazing views! Trail was not very busy, only saw about 4-6 people. My favorite is the one down the road off of Lynx and Shivener Rd, the Wilderness Trail.

hiking
1 year ago

This could be the best trail in Ohio BUT if you've done this hike you probably know what I'm about to talk about and heard the noise from the house(s) below once you reach the hilltop. Depending on who is in your party when you reach the hilltop, you might start to hear a bunch of noise from the houses below down to your right. It sounds like a giant hammer pounding against something. So much for a wilderness experience. I've been told those neighbors don't like seeing people up on "their" rock. I'm weary about those people below and hope they don't snap one day.

hiking
2 years ago

Took my dog along with me and completed the hike to the lookout and back in two hours. Great variety on this trail and an awesome view at the end.

hiking
2 years ago

Enjoyed the trail once we were able to find the trailhead. Anxious to go back in the fall when the leaves change.

hiking
2 years ago

Just a heads up that the old trail head located at Weaver Road is closed. If you continue east on 125 about .7 miles you will find the entrance to the new trail. There will be a white mailbox and a gravel driveway on the right just before you get to Lynx Road. Turn there and you will find a small concrete parking area a little ways back. The new trail is 4.4 miles long. It is still moderately difficult but the view at the end is gorgeous!

hiking
2 years ago

Hands down best trail in Ohio. It has everything you want in a hike. Views from the top, check, nice scenery along the way, check, a trail that varies in intensity, check, and on and on. You must do this hike! Once at the top find a way to the bottom of the cliff and even more beauty. I took my five year old and he made it the whole way, with breaks of course.