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Buckhorn Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springfield, Ohio that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 528 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

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Forest

Lake

Wildlife

Muddy

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Cierra Rinehart
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HikingOver grown

Turn around at F.

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Ryan Junior
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HikingBugs

The Good: not crowded as I was the only one on the trail (could be a bad thing that nobody wants to hike this trail), it's almost all shaded and made it feel like 10 degrees cooler, trail was very well maintained up to point F (first 3.5 miles) - shout out to the person(s) who actually cut the overgrowth recently. The Bad: hardly any scenic things to see as it just goes on and on seeing the same stuff and is kinda boring, worst bug (mostly mosquitoes) experience by far of any trails in Ohio ive done so far this year (and i used bug spray - 3 times), no benches or picnic tables to take a break and kind of a long trail for none to exist, after point F the trail is not maintained and has a ton of overgrowth. *Recommend starting this trail at the actual trail head, not where this app tells you to start. You can get there by driving down the paved road at the sign that says "Crabhill Homestead" and there's a small parking lot right before the big "Buckhorn Trail" sign/entrance. This will avoid you walking through the very tall grass in the prairie for about 0.5 mile. **There are also more scenic paved trails in this park that go around on the dam/reservoir and around the lake that aren't mapped out on this app.

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Heidi Perry
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Hiking

A variety of elevations to keep the heart rate going, and plenty of curves and changes in the scenery. Peaceful for the first half, but some traffic noise on the second half. I would say to do the whole thing you half to be in decent shape. I took my husband and he needed a lot of stopping time and we didn’t quite make it to the very end. We turned around at the railroad, so close. Some deep erosion in the middle of the path may make it extra challenging for some. Lots of different birds. Very solitary hike passing only one cute hiking family and two guys walking dogs near the F marker. Looking forward to hiking it again.

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Ryan Walker
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Running

pretty nice trail, better than I expected. It was not difficult for running but there was some nice up and down to provide some challenge There are a few parts that are a little washed out right now but once they start to maintain it again I think it will be just fine. I did think it was a little odd that the trail essentially dead ends into train tracks. I wasn't certain that it was public land on the other side of the railroad. considering it rained a good bit lately it held up pretty well. unfortunately the trail other than a clearing or two where you get a good view of the lake doesn't have much of a payoff.

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Wildcat M
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Hiking

out for a run walk to shake off covid spider webs.

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Tanner Brown
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HikingMuddy
Alyssa Lockwood
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HikingMuddy

not closed due to corona virus which was very convenient. very wooded and relaxing! highly suggest!!

Amy Ferguson
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Hiking

Army has shut it down due to corona virus.

Joe Jung
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Hiking

Hiked this trail 2/23/2020,sunny out temp was 48 Degrees, trail was muddy in spot's,but a great hike, we went just a little over half in from the North trail head, about 1 hour then back,like to get the park to gravel the North parking lot,also put in some mile markers or just get them and i'll put them in,This is going to be a nice trail in Spring and summer,i've used this for probably 20 + years,so i kinda know it

Jennifer Gray
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HikingMuddy

Thanks to this app I found this trail. Temperature was around 42 degrees and sunny today during our hike. A little muddy in areas due to the snow melting but the trails are in nice shape. Thanks to whoever is doing all the work on this trail. Hope to make the entire trail soon, only went out for 2 hours this afternoon. Didn’t spot any wild life but found some spring blooms!

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Joe Jung
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Hiking

Hiked this trail 1/1/2020..it's great i've been on this trail from the get go followed the bulldozer through when they first put it in,live on the North trail head,so it's just a 1/2 block from home,Used to ride my mountain bike on it for years,but now i hike it..glad to see it going all the way again,i have did lots of work on it through the years to try to keep it up,look's like it could use one more small bridge on the North end, you can jump across it now tho,plane on using it a lot this summer to help stay in shape,nice to have it in my back yard

Gary Crickmore
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Hiking

i have been walking this trail off and on for over 25 years, i even cleared 3 miles of it about 6 years ago. it is in the best shape i have ever seen it and for the first time i was able to walk the entire 5 miles from moorfield road to the parking lot at buck creek. very peaceful with vurtually no people, i would avoid during hunting season because it wanders through a public hunting area. may be the longest continuous non paved hiking trail in this part of ohio.

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Ashley B.
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Mark Shinkle
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Hiking

The ODNR map at the beginning of the trail indicates the trail is 3.1 miles long but it appears from what others have written that the current trail has been extended beyond that, even though there is some discrepancy as to the actual length. Nice trail, no other hikers but there were plenty of spiders ready to greet me with their webs; be sure to take a walking stick or hiking pole to clear the way or else you will be covered in cobwebs. A small bridge is out but you can get across the very small rivulet with some simple body mechanics and by use of a walking stick. The trail appeared to be well-maintained; thanks to the man who has been maintaining this trail.

Preston Nave
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Matthew Maloney
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Amy Chin
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Beautiful wooded trail with plenty of plants and birds to explore. The trail has been well cleared and is wide enough for one person. Hidden gem at Buck Creek, highly recommend! The trail goes beyond what is on the map - I hiked up to Highway 334 and turned around but could have kept going.

Kurt Price
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Hiking

There is a facebook group called Buckhorn Hikers. It has updated and accurate information for The Buckhorn Trail. The trail is clear now and is app. 5 miles one way. There are some moderate hills and some flat terrain as well. It's a great trail for exercise in a nature environment.

Jeremy O'Brien
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Hiking

Thank you to the volunteer Corp, aka Kurt Price, for keeping this hidden gem cleared, and bring the Buckhorn Trail back to life. This app sells the trail short . Kurt has cleared 5 miles, and we plan to come back when it's not raining to hike the trail in it's entirety.

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Paul Shivler
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Over grown

Walked this trail in mid February. Everything was frozen. It was a nice, fairly long walk close to Springfield. The trail is rarely used but has some really pretty views of woods and the lake. Round trip was almost 7 miles. We turned around where the trail crosses a stream and the board that used to be there was gone, to cold to risk getting wet feet.

Rachel Campbell
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HikingOver grown

I believe the state park has stopped maintaining this trail- it is no longer on the park trail maps and it used to be on there. It is pretty overgrown at times, but you can still hike it. Start in the prairie view parking lot since the parking lot at the beginning of the actual trailhead is closed off, except for crab hill homestead weekends. Lots of honeysuckle as is typical at Buck Creek.

Ashley B.
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Hiking

when I first started this Trail I was skeptical about it. Where I parked, the trail started in a field so I didn't have High Hopes. But after winding around slightly too a different parking spot, I found where the woods began. This was a more enjoyable hike than I expected! It is a one-person wide unpaved Trail, which is exactly what I like. I wouldn't call it overgrown like some other reviews have, but there are some Fallen trees on the trail that make you go over and under and in between. The entire Trail was heavily wooded, which was great and it was a little bit longer than I anticipated. Alton back was about a total of 3.25 miles as opposed to the 2.6 listed on here. Towards the end there was a trail that branched off to the left side that I assumed led to a parking area, but instead I continued straight and ended up at the lake. overall this path was one that exceeded my expectations and I wouldn't hesitate to go back to it again.

Ivan Dekamp
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I enjoy this trail, have hiked it many times, it's about a 20 minute hike to the Crabill homestead, in which you hike through some old growth trees which are inspiring, then at the homestead there is a wonderful view of the lake and surrounding areas, great hike for the family!

Ben Liggett
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Hiking

Was a nice trail- little bit overgrown but a good easy trail. Limited hills, so easy on the legs! The available map was a little off- the trail does keep going farther than than what's on the map. Had a few good views of the lake and some good lead color yesterday! Enjoy!

Dani Tolkendorf
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Hiking

We used this app to help us find Buckhorn trail. My children and I have spend a lot of time hiking. while we enjoyed being lead down Jeweltoed 3 times and about a mile down Buckcreek path, we had decided to end our search and to explore the Prarie. Crazy enough, we accidently found Buckhorn path at the end of the Prarie path.

Jennifer Russell
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Hiking

Went a couple weeks ago and while I can see the potential in the trail, about halfway through I stopped and turned around because it was so overgrown! There were a ton of spider webs which just goes to show that its not hiked very often. If the trail was better taken care of it would be an amazing, easy, trail for a quick few hours of hiking, but that wasn't the case. I was really disappointed it wasn't better taken care of.

Linda nelsen
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Better for cycling, uninteresting wall with views of creek cut off

Tracy Roberts
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Hiking

This trail is longer than said here. I've never finished it though, I turn around after a few hours. The trail can be small at times, but it's nice to be in the woods. You are alone. My dog always loved this trail. It has a creek close to the beginning, so on our way back, he'd cool off there before we could finish.

Larry T.
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Out and back trail with trailhead at Prairie View picnic shelter. Trail appears to not get much use. I went out 2 miles and turn around. Tough to follow at times.

Jim Sartin
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