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Buffalo Lake Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elizabethtown, Kentucky that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 49 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well. This is a growing and improving trail system, so please be flexible. There are three trailheads on Commence Drive and you can also ride from downtown Elizabethtown using Haycraft and Cave Springs Trails. Look for RED and YELLOW arrows marking the main 5 mile loop. Yellow is clockwise and Red is counter-clockwise. Trails are built and maintained by the local mountain biking and trail running community.

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Reviews (95)
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Recordings (85)
Completed (105)
Maria Pepper
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HikingMuddyOff trail

This is a fun trail. It does get confusing with which way to go because it’s also used as a biking trail. Has a nice view of the lake. Great for families with children.

Andy Adams
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HikingBugs

Despite what others have said, this is a 2-mile hike that you can do in under an hour. Trails are mostly wide, shady, and well-paved, but this could definitely benefit from having clearer trail markings/blazes/signage. A trail this small shouldn’t be so confusing. Today (7/18/2020), the lake was almost completely dried out, so not the view we were expecting, but it provided a few laughs.

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Gary Weisbecker
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Hiking

Very good hiking trail in which I followed the red markers. Trail goes off on many north/south and east/west serpentine moves which adds to the mileage. Trail does not hug Buffalo Lake on the east side as the map indicates. This is where you will experience the many serpentine moves which is a nice added feature to this trail. Surprised to see that Buffalo Lake was dry. Definitely will do this trail again.

Dominic McCamish
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 16, 2020
Hiking

Love this trail system, but it’s more like 8.5 - 9ish miles total. It’s beautiful and great for both hiking and mountain biking. I’m not sure why people think the trails are so confusing. There are lots of shortcuts, but the simplest way is to follow the trail markers. If you’re going clockwise, follow the yellow arrows at forks in the trail. If you’re going counter clockwise, follow the red arrows at each fork. Simple!

MahLou Whelan
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Hiking

Confusing but great for hiking, get ready you might be lost.

Ariel Cupcake
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Nature tripsRocky

SO BEAUTIFUL! It was perfect!

Dave Black
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Mountain bikingMuddy
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Amanda Drane
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Hiking

Nice nature trail, however, it’s very confusing! The trail is not easily marked. You need to follow the All Trails map.

Marianne Bennett
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Hiking

Beautiful place, but trails are only marked in 2 places, trails are 8 miles, not 2. Ended up on a trail head that was private property but part of the trail system. I got so lost had to get E’town PD to help me get out! Flagging tape and compass a MUST

Kaila Knies
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Gorgeous views and if you like native plants there is an abundance of spring ephemerals like trout lilly, violets, spring beauties, etc. I also happened to see crane fly orchid while I was there.

Mantix Ffxi
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HikingMuddy
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Greg K
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 18, 2019
Mountain biking

As some indicated, the trail is longer than pictured in the map on this site. It is over 5 miles if you follow all the markings. There are yellow arrows (clockwise) and red arrows (counterclockwise). The trails are pretty well marked, although some intersections are a little tricky. The trail was in very good shape and very clean. There is limited parking on the side of commerce road. There is a little gravel patch close to the 2nd trailhead which works pretty well for 3 or 4 vehicles. Otherwise park on the grass along commerce road. Parking at the end of commerce road, near the last trailhead is very limited and extremely tight. The trail has some very entertaining spots for mountain biking. I am 58 years old and probably an average mountain biker. There are a good number of technical areas and tight trails running along steep banks. Because of the leaves this time of year, I had to get off my bike 3 or 4 times because I didnt trust traction on steep climbs or drops. If you are using red arrows (counterclockwise) you will need to climb the earth dam. You can go straight up or cut diagonally upward along the dam. I have never done this before. Overall, a fun, entertaining trail for bkiing with some good challenges, open runs, nice views of creeks and small lake. .

Chris Owen
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRocky

The trail is not marked very well .

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David Eagin
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Hiking

I took the shortest route I could find this time. I’ve taken a couple longer routes before. First time I came out here was 4 miles. Next time, 3. Today it was 1.5. So that should tell you the variety of trails you can find at Buffalo Lake. And no trails are too difficult. Mostly they are flat with some minor ups and downs. This would be a great experience for someone who has just started learning to hike or backpack.

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Robert Baggott
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Mountain biking

Followed the yellow blazes and had a great time. Easy to navigate for the most part thanks to the blazes being arrows that point the direction of the trail at intersections. A couple tricky areas that can get you turned around. Overall a fairly quick trail with lots of places to go fast. A couple areas have extremely steep uphill climbs that come up quick and have very narrow paths.

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I am Groot
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Mountain biking

HOT.....but no one on the trail. I AM GROOT...

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Jenafier Carroll
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Hiking

This trail used to be a great trail. However, they’ve cut several new trails in that aren’t well marked. If you’re not super familiar with the trail or have some kind a GPS there’s a good chance you’re going to get lost. I’ve been on this trail at least 30-40 times and my husband has been on it twice as much and we got lost.

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JC Carroll
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Hiking

Beautiful trial but unless you are very familiar with the area your relaxing hike soon turns into a land navigation course. There are 4 or 5 different trails that weave in and out making it near impossible to stay on original course with no markers.

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I am Groot
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2019
Mountain biking

Nice cool day. Trails in good shape. Fall is already here. I AM GROOT...

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David Eagin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 2, 2019
Hiking

A slightly above easy trail. However, IT IS MUCH LONGER THAN TWO MILES. That is simply the shortest route around the lake. I took ONE additional trail and it ended up being FOUR miles total. I’d say if I had taken another trail or two on the path, I could have stretched the total out to 5-6+ miles easily.

I am Groot
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2019
Mountain biking

I little bit kid wash out from the last few days of rain , but all in all , it was a good day to Groot. Even ran into some people I haven’t seen in over 30 years. I AM GOOT ...!!!

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I am Groot
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 17, 2019
Mountain biking

Was a good day here today. Nobody around at all...!! The downhill sections by the collapsed shed was nice. A lot of speed down the Rez...and over the bridge to hit that jump up... I AM GROOT..

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Ibex Abraxas
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Hiking

This could have been marked much better. Still a pretty good hike. I feel like this was set up more for mountain biking. I’ll definitely be bringing my trek bike out here

Wanda Bowser
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HikingBugs

Great view of the lake. Probably would be better a few days after rain so streams would be moving. Lot of mosquitoes!!!! Also could have been better marked. Got confused at the end as several paths cross and had to ask a biker for help. Obviously good for trail rides bc we saw many bikers on the trail.

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Emily McQuade
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HikingMuddy

This was a beautiful hike. I do wish it were a little better marked. Different trails run into each other. We ended up doing 5.4 miles. It was a pretty cool hike though. Goes down to a cave spring, creeks and a lake. Very shaded and the trails are kept up nicely! I would definitely recommend it just keep a eye out on where you are going!

Karen Littlejohn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 2, 2019
Hiking

the trails were great. thanks to everyone who has been,keeping the area cleaned up

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