Explore the most popular trail running trails in Busiek State Forest and Wildife Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My friend and I walked this trail today (5-19-18) it was amazing, a lot of beautiful landscapes and the river was nice and cold. We toke the yellow and silver trail it definitely kicked our butt, we realized that maybe we need to get in better shape, lots of steep hills and lose rocks. It’s all worth it when you get to the very top and get to see the “mountain” also had to cross the river a couple of times, which we toke or shoes off and it was super slippery nd fell on our butts lol I loveeddd this trail! We made lots of memories and it was an amazing adventure!!!

hiking
17 days ago

Took my 7 and 5 year old on this trail and had no issues, they both were able to navigate well enough. While the map of the red trail shows a loop that enters and exits at two different spots at the park entrance, there is also an extended portion of the red trail that goes further into the park. The various branches of the red trail are not well marked, so we found ourselves doing the extended portion and we weren’t aware of it. I suggest using gps to identify where to go to stay on the shorter/easier route. Fun trail, well maintained, easy to identify. We will definitely be back.

Fun hike! Some difficult sections with some steep incline/declines so a great workout. Lots of loose rocks so be cautious on the ups and downs. We only encountered a couple others on the trail but we did this on a late Sunday afternoon.

Great hike and great workout! Beautiful scenery and water throughout after decent rains. May even have to cross some knee deep water if the water is up which we did and it was refreshing!!! Can be a little crowded and beware of horse poop!

We love to take our pups out here and let them play in the creeks! It’s never been too crowded, moderately easy trail!

What we saw was nice but only had about 30 minutes. Found an old cemetery at the top of a hill. Pretty spring flowers, butterflies and the first bumblebee of the season.

nice place.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a wonderful hike today on the Red Trail. The recent rains made the creeks impassable, unless you’re very adventurous, but there were plenty of trails to hike.

Going during the week in early springtime was great, as we only met three other groups of hikers. Taking yellow trail meant one low-water crossing of creek but a deeper spot coming back across. There was also a pretty steep incline at the mid-way point, like other hikers here have mentioned. This trail includes a great combination of wooded areas and fields that make for some beautiful scenery along the way.

If you go after a good rain there is a lovely cascading waterfall about 2 blocks before you reach the river.

trail running
1 month ago

So so fun! Several creek crossings that I wouldn’t recommend for small dogs or children if there’s been a lot of rain but the views were amazing. So many pretty waterfalls

Great spring hike!

Great trail but it's definitely moderate to difficult in many areas, so be ready and in shape. Really pretty with a lot of photo opportunities. Trails are well worn and easy to follow, but if you are not familiar with Busiek I suggest bring a GPS. If you get lost on the trails near dark, plan on staying the night or fire/rescue can come and lead you out. :) Also, there is wildlife in the woods, so be "Bear Aware." Being raised in this area, I've spent thousands of hours in these woods and know the area extremely well. Overall, a great place to hike/camp.

A great trail for the family

trail running
2 months ago

I ran this for the first time. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Difficult hills and rocks added to the beauty. The water crossing were not. A problem either. When you start running it’ll take just a minute to warm up. All the negative reviews are for people with no imagination and find little discomforts like rocks and flowing water to ruin their time.
One of the most vivid memories of my run was a particular oak tree that stood out amongst many other trees. I can’t wait to run the whole trail system when it’s all green.

Nice little workout. Took us a total of 3 hours. You do have to cross the creek a couple times but we took our shoes off and just walked across.

trail running
2 months ago

The day I went here the place was filled with oblivious parents who didn’t seem to mind their children throwing rocks in all directions. The trails are often cut off by creeks, and I wasn’t willing to go through knee deep water to keep going forward. Hoped for a 5 mile run but after dodging rocks, water crossings, and too many smokers, I left after only getting 2 miles. To top it all off, I got back to my car only to find out someone had stolen the magnet off my car. The area is pretty but the people I came across that day ruined it.

Very enjoyable trails. Did part of the yellow trail (turned back at the crossing due to the water) and finished on the red trail. Very active park with lots of hikers and horseback riders. The trails are all fairly well marked, but there are some serious inclines, even on the easy trails. The noise from the gun range wasn’t too bad, and helped with orientation. Definitely worth the time.

hiking
3 months ago

great trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite local spots. It can have a lot of people late spring and summer though.

Beautiful creek. Plenty of space as long as you get parking and are willing to walk down the creek to find said space.

hiking
3 months ago

Most trails in this park will have you listening to gunshots from the shooting range in this park as well as the highway traffic noise but this Red trail will eventually lead you far enough away from both for a bit of a reprieve with just the sounds of nature.

hiking
3 months ago

Was unable to find a place to cross the creek in one direction in the loop without trekking through water which is too cold this time of year so did not complete this trail but hiked the red trail and some side trails.
You'll likely be hearing gunshots from the shooting range in this park as well as the highway traffic noise so don't go out expecting it to be just you and the sounds of nature.

Lots of trails and long ones with different paths too. Gun range being close is a big downer. Lots of trees so in the summer it’s tough to enjoy any views. There are better more low key places in my opinion. Not much climbing or bouldering

backpacking
4 months ago

This was a very nice hike in 30 degree weather. We took the red/yellow trail first and then stayed on the yellow trail and took some of the yellow/grey trail but stayed on the yellow trail. It was pretty steep the way we went. If you go on the yellow trail it’s pretty rocky and steep from the red yellow side. Red trails are a lot easier hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Awsome trail. Rough and steep in some areas so don't think this trail is a "walk in the park." If you walk this trail make sure you are in shape, and use a trekking pole. Really nice scenes. About 3 hour walk.

I love this section. It is strenuous and you will get a good cardio workout. Trekking poles recommended. Rocky and steep with one steep downhill section with loose gravel. Always take a map and compass with you and know how to use them. I love All Trails pro. I can navigate with no problems. You should also take enough water to drink.

hiking
5 months ago

If you hike the marked red trail it is 3.1 miles according to the trail head. Though the trailhead marker says the trail is easy I would say it is moderate. There were a few places that were rough.

Awesome area to camp and hike. Busiek State Park is surrounded by thousands of acres of privately owned woodlands, so it would be wise to bring a map and compass of the area in case you go off trail to prevent yourself from getting lost. Also keep in mind that there are black bears in this area. Overall this is an awesome place to get out and enjoy nature. I give it 5 stars.

A very good place to camp and hike. Be sure to take a map and a compass and know how to use them, as Busiek state park is surrounded by thousands of acres of privately-owned woodlands. It would not be that difficult to get lost very quick if you had to go off trail. if you like to hike this is an awesome place to go, and Camp Creek makes an excellent catching feature. a word of warning, there are black bears in this area so hiker's and camper's need to exercise caution. Overall, I give this 5 stars.

trail running
6 months ago

Marked well, unfortunately wouldn't allow to check in, responded with not close enough to the trail.

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