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Buck Ridge Trail is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newville, Pennsylvania that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.1 mi Elevation gain 1,555 ft Route type Out & Back

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Nice relatively wide multi use trail. Many portions follow an old 19th century road bed. Consistent grade surface of pine covered dirt, dirt road, grass, or rock. Lots of small rock- some loose- near the ridge and Kings Gap. 3 main stream crossings- 2 with bridges. Average views with foliage down. Some moderate climbs otherwise easy. Good for families and dogs and generally well maintained. Moderate use by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and ATVs on a small portion near Ridge Road. Used by hunters in the fall.

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Erbrerc Rersinrernt
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Natalee Pfeifer
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Great trail, most of the trail was covered in mountain run off for a large portion of it but I didn’t mind, I like splashing through the mud :) beautiful views, not too difficult. Couple of steep parts but it was mostly gradual downhill. Highly recommend!

Vanessa Ryan
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HikingMuddyRocky

This is definitely one for waterproof boots! After a rainy spring week, the lower points on this trail were had lots of standing/running water and it was muddy. I imagine there are usually muddy spots. Besides that, this is a great trail! Next time I’ll start at Pine Grove so that the incline sections are in the middle instead of at the end.

Kevin Hardy
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Today I had a beautiful out and back hike starting from Pine Grove Furnace State Park trailhead- makes the return easier. Early Spring weather and lack of foliage provided some nice views of the mountain ridges, topography, and the Cumberland Valley. Following a day of rainfall the trail was quite wet between miles 2 & 3. Recent Timber management rerouted the trail near Ridge Road but the yellow blazes are plentiful. Encountered 4 or 5 uncut blowdowns and several others that were cleared. All are easily negotiated. I recommend the .2 mile diversion to the Old Buck Ridge fire tower site (tower is long gone) for an open field with views of Cumberland Valley. Today I added the red blazed Kings Gap Scenic Vista overlook loop. Although not well marked from the southern end the path is well trod and not hard to miss. The vista is on the ridge and has benches for lunch. I just did the loop and did not continue to the mansion at Kings Gap park so my total today was 10.9 miles. Weather was perfect. Saw 3 trail runners, 4 hikers, and a herd of whitetail deer. Great Hike.

Kevin Hardy
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Heather Bennett
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Perfect for trail running, sort of boring as a hike.

Alan Howe
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HikingBlowdown

Hiked out from King's Gap past Pine Grove Furnace to camp along Mountain Creek in Michaux State Forest. The trail was not nearly as swampy as it had been three days earlier, and it was dramatically drier on the way back the next day. It took 2:30 to get from King's Gap to Pine Grove with 29 pounds on my back. The return took 3:03 because I was determined to go slower and because the long, hard uphill is on the return trip. I saw three woodcock on the trail on the way back. Reported one blow down on the trail inside King's Gap to the warden.

Alan Howe
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HikingMuddyRocky

I took an exploratory/training hike down this trail from King's Gap to just past the home about a mile shy of Pine Grove Furnace and back with a 15-pound pack. This came to 9.27 miles on my tracker. Out and back took almost the same time. I stop every hour to take off my pack, drink 6oz of water, and eat 130-230 calories. Three breaks like that raised the total time to 4:45, so good exercise, but not overwhelming. The trail is pretty well blazed and signage is good. There are several stretches with rocks ready to roll under foot and to roll your ankles. I wear boots, so this is less of a problem. I also appreciated my waterproof boots in the swampier sections of the trail, especially since the temps were in the low- to mid-30s. I expect to hike this again on Sunday past Pine Grove to fish Mountain Creek, spend the night, fish again, and then hike back. There were a couple great views from the top, thanks to no leaves. Met four men and three dogs on the trail.

TJ Reidenbach
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Nice hike! Went from Kings Gap to Pine Grove and back. Fuller Lake was a nice spot to stop, have lunch and relax in the sun a bit before hiking back. Met Mr. Gary Wolf who does an excellent job of maintaining the trail along the way.

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David David Hoover
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Kathy Biddle
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HikingMuddySnow

Nice 6 mile hike from Kings Gap to Pine Grove Furnace. I would rate this trail as easy, except for the climb at the beginning. Not much to see on this trail. Was mostly snow covered and very muddy in spots.

Jeff Gilliams
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Used 2 cars to make this a 6 mile one way hike. Recommend starting at King's Gap to create a mostly downhill trail. Look for yellow or yel/red blazes which are scarce in spots. Ridgetop views before crossing Ridge Road nice. From there, trail is gentle slopes of old logging roads to Pine Grove. Due to the proximity to early Pine Grove industry, this area has had almost 200 years of on/off de-forestation so the mix of trees is decidedly lacking in maturity and quality. Returning to King's Gap after hike allowed us to enjoy a fine sunset over the valley below.

kevin Shyn
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Decent hike. Nice mix of lowlands and some hills.

Katie Rose
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Beautiful hike. Near Kings Gap trail direction got confusing from all the trails in that area. Was 12 miles.

Meredith Thomas
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Once you figure out where it starts the trail is very well marked. It’s a nice mix of up and down and flat throughout the hike. The park lists the distance as 12 miles.

zenaid m.
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Brett Kapp
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Josh G
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Ben Johnson
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Lea Anne
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Renee Santana
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Bob Whitesell
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