Sal Hollow and Buffalo Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Sal Hollow and Buffalo Creek Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.4 miles
331 feet

dogs on leash



horseback riding

nature trips




18 days ago

I'm a dog lover. Every time I take my dogs out for a walk, I see signs telling me to clean up after my dog. Whenever I go out for a hike or backpacking, I see signs that say leave no trace. Why is it when horses and riders use a hiking trail they have the privilege of leaving their droppings throughout the trail. The horses walk through a muddy area and obliterate the trail. This was a beautiful walk. The weather was great. Beautiful little falls about 1.5 miles in. It rained earlier in the day, but I spent more time stepping over piles over horse manure than dodging mud puddles.

2 months ago

There are many sections that are truly beautiful and tranquil, deer grazing right up next to the trails and many more spotted through the trees. Lots a nice wildlife spotted on the way to the Sal Hollow campsite and many more on the way back. There are down sides however, the horses have completed destroyed the trail in many sections. At least a solid mile of it is utterly unusable unless you were walking on the sloped sides of the trail due to the horses and mud buildup. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you, and if camping overnight be prepared for the wildlife. The campsite sits about a 1/4 mile away from the creek bed and there were many many coyotes howling nearby and some other unidentified very large animal grunting not too far away.

8 months ago

After reading previous reviews I took two pairs of boots to keep the mud off my shins. I was also sure to carry water for both my dog and I. Trails still muddy even with a layer of leaf litter, but the changing leaves and the pure quiet of the woods were well worth the mudslinging. Wished I had started earlier bc sunset in November is around 4:30pm here - flashlight came in handy! Also wished that I had prepared for staying over night - the trail convergence after mile 3 makes you want to change plans! I was tempted to explore the 2 backcountry campsites, Turntable camp was 0.9 miles ahead, and Sal Hollow camp was 2.2 miles more. Buffalo Trail also crossed 1.5 miles ahead. Will have to explore when the days are longer! Over all, trails were well marked and were just difficult enough that you stayed focused on your steps. I completed the trail in 5 hours with plenty of breaks adjusting my pack and staring at lichens. You can easily extend your hike if you pack well.

10 months ago

Easy backpacking trail. Made it a loop with Buffalo Creek Trail. Muddy and obviously used by horses but not too bad. stream was flooded and not flowing at the stream crossing but luckily there was a spot upstream that wasnt too deep to cross at. There are quite a few down trees to jumpover.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

great trail. like many of the trails at mammoth cave, it is a bit torn up from horses (even on the section that is supposed to be hiking only) but over all is very mild damage. And I went during a time with a lot of rain that would have made it worse. The trail is fairly easy to hike with litype change in elevation.

Monday, May 15, 2017

This trail has been ruined by horses. We experienced ankle deep mud in many places and some treacherous slopes. Numerous trees block the path on the West portion.
It is important to note that only half the trail is recorded on the map. The entire Sal Hollow trail is 8.4 miles end to end which you can add another 2.5 miles with the more easily hiked Buffalo trail to make it a loop.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This trail use to be 5 stars then horses were allowed on the trail and ruined it.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Beautiful day, only downfall about the trial is that's it's shared with horses. Will definitely be back to do again.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Just like the other reviews said: this was a lovely, relaxing trail. We went over New Year's, and the trail was fairly empty and clear. The only people we passed were on horseback, which did muddle the trail some so we had to skirt around the mud they kicked up.

One thing we didn't realize before we went was that the 8.5 miles is only Sal Hollow Trail. There was an extra 2.5 coming back on Buffalo Trail to complete the loop.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Went on a one night backpacking trip on Sal Hollow. Great easy trail. This is a great trail if you want to take it easier on the weekend. There isn't a whole lot of water sources on the trail (only crossed one), at least the time of year I went. So I would talk to a park ranger and see what the water sources are like before you go out on Sal Hollow so you can map your trip out accordingly.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Nice relaxing ride through the woods and hills. Very nice big, big rolling hills. I was riding a horse and very much enjoyed the views . There was a dry creek bed at the bottom of the hill but no water flowing this late in the year. Enjoyed this trail...

mountain biking
Saturday, August 25, 2012

this WAS a great bike trail but the horses did not have enough trails and they closed it for the bikes. there is a cave along the trail and a couple of water crossings.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nice relaxing trail. Went on a two day backpacking trip. Stayed at the Sal Hollow campsite. Went by Good Springs Church on the way in and took the Buffalo Trail on the way out. It was a nice hike. Not a lot for scenery, but it was relaxing and moderate. There are some neat areas with the scenery, but no real awesome sites. The creek bed was pretty dry.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Great trail - easy to moderate hiking thru the woods depending on your pace. The 8.1M is point to point.
At 3.6miles out we looped north on Turnhole Bend Trail back to parking at the Sal Hollow Trail Head. Made for a great 6.3 mile loop... passed some mountain bikers and horse riders.

Monday, August 09, 2010

This is one of the most well maintained trails I've ever hiked. Scenery isnt much. There is a small waterfall 1/4 of the way through. It's a great hike for children.

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