Buck Ridge Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Clearville, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November.
A point to point trail that connects King's Gap Environmental Center to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Several scenic overlooks, plenty of mountain laurel, creek crossings, and historical landmarks. 6 miles in length. New Trail that was built by PennTrails. 6 mile point to point. Northern Trailhead: King's Gap Mansion Southern Trailhead: PA Rt 233/Pine Grove Furnace State Park Some steep inclines. Maps are available at both trailhead areas. Cross an improved Dirt road called "Ridge Road" about half way through the trail. Go through a section of some lumbered forest. Trail is mostly shaded though. Unless willing to travel 12 miles, it is recommended to have a two car trip. Southern Trailhead right next to Pine Grove Furnace Trail office (and not even 1000 yards away from the Appalachian Trail).
Nice prep hike for Philmont.
This was an extremely easy trail to follow. We parked just below Kings Gap Environmental Education Center after getting a description of the trail from a ranger. The trail starts at the trail head marked for Maple Hollow and Scenic Vista trails. Follow Scenic Vist trail heads until it splits off to the right. You'll continue straight ahead following the yellow blazes. There are a few spots where the blazes are basically in the middle of an intersection which was annoying, but common sense proved to be all that we needed and we'd see another yellow blaze down the path we'd chosen.
Maybe 1.5 miles in, the trail crosses Ridge Rd. Just as the ranger said, it looks a little confusing, but just walk across the rd and it will be clear where the trail starts off from again.
We combined this hike with a walk past Fuller Lake onto the Appalachian Trail and a visit to Pole Steeple above Laurel Lake before hiking back along Cold Springs Rd before retracing our steps for the last 1.5 miles to our car. Buck Ridge itself is 6 miles one way. We ended up hiking around 14.8 (including the two miles we hitch hiked to avoid getting stuck in the woods at nightfall.)