hiking
13 days ago

I would not recommend this at all. Once you get off the legit trails, everything is overgrown.

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful mountain stream, great trail condition, one of the easier ways to access Mid State Trail. Use the Ben Jacobs and the MST to make a nice loop. The trail head on Stone Creek Rd has been relocated so you no longer have to intrude on the Camp, it is right next to the stream and well marked with yellow blazes

over grown
1 month ago

Most of the trail was very enjoyable and scenic. once we got to about the halfway point where the lingle valley trail meets the brush ridge trail we walked right past on turn we had to make because the trail was so overgrown. Once we corrected that mistake we followed the overgrown trail for 1/4 mi or so and then it just ended. We had to go off trail and find our way to the brush ridge trail. fortunately we managed to find it but definitely consider an alternate route if you aren't good with navigation.

This was a decent hike. The trail was pretty littered with rocks and tree branches which makes this trail moderate. Aptly named deer tick trail for the amount of ticks we pulled off us while hiking. The vista at the top was awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

Not marked the greatest in some areas, but can easily find your way. Nice hike for sure.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

It was a nice trail but very overgrown about 1/3 of the trail. Some parts, the brush was so thick that you couldn't even see where you were stepping. We came out covered in ticks, but that was our fault for not bringing any repellent. Not a bad hike. Very peaceful and the stream was nice.

hiking
5 months ago

I just wanted to comment because I avoided doing this trail for a while due to the previous review stating that it was hard to follow at times. I frequently hike alone w/ just my dog, so I’m cautious about these things. I’m glad I finally decided to do it because it’s really a uniquely gorgeous trail! As of Jan 2020, there are fresh yellow trail markings. I had absolutely no issues following the trail once I found the start! I have a map that makes it look like the trail starts from the road, but you have to walk up the gated driveway to the camp and it’s on the other side of the building. I felt like I was intruding, but I’m not sure if it’s a private camp... it’s clear that it’s in use, but no one was there and there weren’t any no trespassing signs or anything. But yeah, from there it was very easy to follow. I followed it all the way past Ben Jacobs to the MST - it does narrow and is kinda overgrown in sections after the Ben Jacobs intersection, but the markers are still clear. At the top, I turned right and followed the MST (gorgeous section with several scenic views) to loop back via Ben Jacobs. Before taking Ben Jacobs, I continued on the MST under the 322 tunnel and up to Laurel Run Vista, then came back - with that added, it was a 7 mile hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail, only downfall is the logging area it goes through, but they have it marked fairly well

on Brush Ridge Trail

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muddy
Sat Apr 13 2019

They've clear cut a good move in the beginning and the end about half a mile in. I'd walk the road to avoid that.

hiking
Sat Nov 25 2017

The lower trail is beautiful moss with stream splitting and spilling over rocks; mid-trail the stream disappears entirely under the large rocks, but can be heard rushing underneath. Note that the trail is somewhat poorly defined at both the bottom (car access) and numerous points in between, but it is fun to navigate the rocks and stream anyway. As it flattens out in half way up, there is a clearing to the left which used to be a cabin ... the trail up to the mid-state trail is well marked with yellow hashes from here on up.

camping
Fri Jun 13 2014

Nice prep hike for Philmont.

hiking
Thu Aug 16 2012

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.)

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