Buffalo Trace Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews

Buffalo Trace Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near French Lick, Indiana that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The trail at French Lick Resort begins with the 5.5 mile, Buffalo Trace Trail. A beginner level loop that can be ridden either direction, leaving riders to enjoy a steady, easy climb followed by a fast and flowing decent no matter which direction they choose. Beginner Trails Buffalo Trace Trail (5.5 mile loop with shortcut option) Intermediate Trails Waterfall Loop (3.5 mile loop)

hiking
4 days ago

Very nice trail! Well marked and planned, giving you several options for length of hike. Will be back!

hiking
17 days ago

No outstanding feature(s), but I loved this trail. Still brown from winter, but spring wildflowers are starting to brighten the landscape, and one shrub was green near the beginning. On a Friday there were no bikers and only 2 other hikers. Best marked trail I've ever seen, with signs every quarter mile. Some nice elevation gain, climbing up a ridge and back down. I'd do it again.

hiking
29 days ago

Decent hike. Pretty easy. Nothing special. Not much scenery. Took about two hours to do the 5 mile loop.

1 month ago

Nice cross golf coarse a bit and the start seemed uncertain about the trail bit becomes a very nice hike

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked. Easy to moderate hike It was a beautiful day for us.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, definitely moderate...I’m sure easy for some, but not 6 ft wide level gravel path. Several creeks to cross if there’s run off, some elevation and rocks/logs....need to watch footing. Took morning hike on #2 trail, saw no wildlife, heavy rains the day before left some great creeks, water falls and babbling brooks. Great trail!!!

7 months ago

park at practice golf course much closer to trailhead

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice trail... would not call it moderate, would rate it easy. went on beautiful day with 6 adults, 5 children ages 6-10 and one small dog. Loved the hike, did trail #2... about 5.1 miles and had a great time. next time will do trail #2 and #3 for about 8.5 miles. Trail' s entrance located on French Lick Hotel grounds. Surprised we saw no one else on the trail that beautiful day.

9 months ago

Took Trail 2 shortcut for 2 miles with overweight adults and 3 kids. Nice hike took 1 hour.

trail running
10 months ago

Great trail for a quick run. A good balance between technical and non-technical. Park at the pro shop and start at the first tee sign; that accounts for the entire loop. Watch out for turtles hanging out on the trail.

11 months ago

great trail for biking, lots of different challenges(hills, creek beds, fast downhills)... but still moderate enough for beginners to enjoy, absolutely love this trail, and be sure to do the trail 3 extension... for more of a challenge try Scales Lake in Boonville (awesome)...

hiking
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

beautiful trail... loved it

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This trail was fun however it was much easier than a moderate trail should be. I would consider this trail easy for experienced hikers.

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The fam (wife, 12 y/o, 8 y/o) and I hiked trail 2 which is 5.1 mi. Im not in good shape and it was a piece of cake, I would almost classify this as easy. I wanted to do trail 3 also which adds a few more miles, but the fam werent feeling it. About half way, they were dragging ass, so I made some corn pancakes on the emberlit stove and I couldnt believe how much better everyones mood was on the way out!

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Made the short loop nice trail will be back.

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nice trail. Not steep. Group of seven of us went out on the 2.1 mile loop using the Trail 2 shortcut. It was perfect morning activity.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Very hard not for beginners , but pretty view.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Nice little trail, not a 5 star nor expert to hike, like advertised. wooded switchback up climb a ridge and back. rainy times may be better with creek beds

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Fantastic! Rugged and challenging, but well maintained, was not disappointed with this trail at all. Will definitely be going back!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Good

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Just wonderful. Rocks, waterfall, pine thickets and a host of wildlife. Came out at dusk and the deer were all around, leaving the forest just like me. Early spring, and perfect coverage.

trail running
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I ran this trail on foot this morning at 9:00. It took me about an hour with stops. There was SO much wildlife and it was beautiful! Not once did I encounter another person, but I did cross a box turtle digging a nest, two fawns, a pileated woodpecker, a red headed woodpecker, and multiple deer; all RIGHT on the path. Who knows what else I would've seen if I would have slowed down and walked the path. It was absolutely beautiful and I'm going back to do it again tomorrow morning.

trail running
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Trail is nice and clear. A little bit of something for everyone. Hills, creeks, etc. The loop I keep ending up on is 8 miles from the parking lot at the Valley Links golf course.

trail running
Friday, September 27, 2013

This trail is well maintained and is a great escape. They update the status of the trails on the French Lick Mountain Biking facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/French-Lick-Resort-Mountain-Biking/122783224413389

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