Buzzard Swamp Trail

Loop • 4 mi • 50 ft

The Buzzard Swamp trail system is 11.2 miles, with several loop and connector trails. This hike follows the southern loop, which encircles the largest ponds and meadows; if you’d like to extend your hike, you can easily follow the trails that lie to the north. Buzzard Swamp is home to fifteen ponds that have been built to provide habitats for wildlife, making this one of the best wildlife-viewing trails in the ANF. Numerous species of waterfowl, wading birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles call Buzzard Swamp home. The extensive fields and meadows are filled with wildflowers. Highlights: Wildlife viewing, views, ponds, spruce and pine forests, large open meadows and fields.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marienville
Length: 4 total miles
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 11/2 to 3 hours
Local Contacts: Allegheny National Forest: Marienville Ranger District
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Duchess and I walked the southern loop of the Buzzard Swamp Trail System on 5/17/2012. I figured this to be 3.9 miles going around man-made ponds 1,2,3,4 and 6 and next to pond 5. We especially enjoyed this hike and felt it was a very beautiful area. We were on very open and grassy areas that had some plots planted for wildlife. We saw some geese and a beaver home. A fisherman that walked by warned us about ticks and sure enough Duchess picked up a few. However, these were the only ticks we encountered this summer. We plan to go back for the Songbird Sojourn Interpretive Trail and to hike the northern sections someday.

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