Buck Creek Overnight Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This overnight loop circles a wide area of the Daniel Boone National Forest near Cave Run Lake, traveling over ridges and along small clear streams in valleys that have a deep woods aura to them. The backpack leaves Clear Creek Lake on the Sheltowee Trace, then joins the Buck Creek Trail, where it enters the Pioneer Weapons Wildlife Management Area. This 7,480-acre area, established in 1962, is set aside for hunters using primitive weapons such as a muzzle-loading rifle or a bow. Hunting is allowed only seasonally, so you can easily avoid those times if you choose.
For hunt dates, contact the Morehead District office at (606) 784-6428. The hike travels down the pretty Buck Creek Valley, where you will spend your first night, before climbing to Tater Knob and a restored historic fire tower with superlative views. A little ridge leads into Big Cave Run and a climb leads out of this creek and back down to Trough Lick Branch, another deep-woods valley and the second nights camp. Rejoin the Sheltowee Trace and head south along a wooded spiney ridge dotted with views to complete the loop. Your first day is easy and short, but be apprised that this loop has many ups and downs, though they are never too long. Outstanding Features: Old homesite, Tater Knob fire tower, 360-degree views, and clear streams"