Buzzardroost Rock Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews

Buzzardroost Rock Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Union, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
561 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The most popular of all trails in the Edge of Appalachia Preserve system is the one that leads to Buzzardroost Rock, which stands like a giant limestone monument far above the waters of Ohio Brush Creek. The panoramic scene from this hilltop has been called Ohios most spectacular view. Buzzardroost Rock trail is not a loop, and the round trip hike of three miles is considered moderately difficult, with steep grades and steps. Preserve naturalists suggest that hikers plan to spend a minimum of two to three hours for the round trip, allowing time to observe the natural features along the way and enjoy the scenic view from the top of the rock.

hiking
5 days ago

It has some very pretty views.

3 months ago

We hike this every year, typically in the beginning of summer and the early fall. My kids love this hike. The view at the end of the trail is amazing! Bring your water bottle and a lunch and enjoy the view!

3 months ago

Our family loves this trail!! Interesting sights to see on the way to the breathtaking view at the top of Buzzard’s Roost!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hiking trail in Adams County! The valley is so beautiful in the summer! and the fall is gorgeous at the top look out! I took 3 kids and was 5m pregnant when we hiked it. It's not impossible but a great work out. We took snacks and just relaxed while we rested at the top! Coming down is much faster! Took us about 4 hours. But we took out time. Lot's of wildlife. And just a great time to be with nature and away from society.

3 months ago

Loved hiking here as a little girl with my dad!

3 months ago

Wonderful in spring and fall. Hiking it in 90 degree weather is a bit much for me. The fall trees are beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike and wonderful view

3 months ago

One of my favorite trails in this area. Spectacular views all the way through with an unbelievable ending.

3 months ago

This trail has a few steep places, but can be managed by children and seniors who are in moderate physical shape. The view from Buzzard's Roost Rock is amazing and after a leisurely hike, it is a great spot to relax, enjoy the view and picnic. Be sure to take your trash with you! I highly recommend this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Now living in the west, I have fond memories of the magnificent Buzzard Roost overlook. Hiking to it with Cub Scouts, kids, and now grandkids, it is always a thrill. Highly recommended!

hiking
3 months ago

A great scenic hike with an incredible view!

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Ohio. The view at the end of the hike is breathtaking!

3 months ago

Enjoy the beautiful view, it is worth the effort! Adams County's version of a hike in the Smoky Mountains!

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike--especially when the fall colors are out! It was a perfect distance for our young kids--long enough to get them outside and get a workout but not too long that we were dragging/carrying them at the end. I think we will make this an annual trip!

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike--especially when the fall colors are out! It was a perfect distance for our young kids--long enough to get them outside and get a workout but not too long that we were dragging/carrying them at the end. I think we will make this an annual trip!

5 months ago

Used to hike this before it became so popular. There's limited parking and with so many people hiking this trail now you can't get a spot.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked it 3 times great local trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Definitely coming back

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this on a frigid snowy day in January and it was still very enjoyable. Beautiful view, waterfalls, peaceful meadows and some abandoned buildings to explore, very nice! My only complaint is that I wandered around the parking lot for 20 minutes trying to find the actual start of the trail, so be warned, if there's snow on the ground the trail is very hard to see.

11 months ago

great day hike with a well deserved wide open panoramic view as a reward.

11 months ago

Took the old trail off the high way, could tell that it hadn't been used overt often in the past few years. Beautiful view at the top.

hiking
11 months ago

Glad I found this trail........the panoramic view 1/2 on trail is what makes the loop worth the hike........it's annoying that u have to hear traffic the first 44 minutes though

Saturday, January 28, 2017

beautiful trail with wonderful views

hiking
Monday, January 23, 2017

Very nice maintain Trail great view at the end

Monday, October 31, 2016

Good trail

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beautiful day for a hike with a nice breeze to help with the climb.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Great trail! My dog and I loved the walk today and look forward to going back soon. The view is worth the hike

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous! I love this trail! The view at the top makes it so worth it!

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Great trail with a great view at the top! Parking available but no restroom/water fill up.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

the best trail I have been on in this area. we went the day after a rain and there was a few slick spots but was easily passable. be ready for a good workout. great view at the end. when you get to the split the 1.2 mile leg has better scenery.

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