Buzzardroost Rock Trail

MODERATE 89 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

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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.

2 days ago

Loved this trail beautiful view from the top a little work but well worth it. Cannot wait to go back.

17 days ago

One of my favorites. Can be extremely muddy. I wish it connected to other trails.

1 month ago

Nice, clean trail, but no where to sit and rest until the end.

1 month ago

Fantastic trail. The view at the top is unbeatable for Ohio. Trail is clearly marked the whole way up. I had my kids (as young as 4) with me and they did great. Not a really hard hike at all. Steeper parts are spread out.

hiking
1 month ago

Had an Hour long driver to get to the trail, and it was worth it. It was slightly muddy but manageable. The hike was not very hard, and the views were great. We look forward to going back in the fall when the leaves are changing color.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful and occasionally challenging trail. Some sections are quite easy, while others are a bit tricky to navigate but nonetheless enjoyable. If you take time to look around as you walk you’ll see some beautiful, very deep gorges framed by some impressive cliffs/rock formations. It can be muddy so I’d plan accordingly especially if it has recently rained.
The trail is fairly remote, but once you find it, it’s pretty well marked. The path is well defined, but also someone took the time to put orange marks on the trees along the trail which is quite helpful. The view at the trail end is spectacular. I would also advise that if you do bring young children, keep them close as there are several areas where there are very significant drop offs, especially at the trail end overlook. This trail would be especially beautiful in the fall.

walking
1 month ago

I'd say this is more properly categorized as easy. Would be great for families with kids. Nothing much to look at until you reach the top, which is a beautiful view. We drove quite a ways to get to this place, so I was a little underwhelmed with it.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty trail, can get muddy. Lots of pretty streams and the lookout is relaxing. Pretty easy hike.

2 months ago

lots of up and down hills! wonderful hike with a beautiful view ! Even found a buzzard roosting at the look out point!

hiking
4 months ago

It has some very pretty views.

7 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!

7 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
7 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.

7 months ago

Loved hiking here as a little girl with my dad!

7 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
7 months ago

Great hike and wonderful view

7 months ago

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

7 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
7 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
7 months ago

A great scenic hike with an incredible view!

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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
7 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!

9 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
10 months ago

Hiked it 3 times great local trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail! Definitely coming back

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

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