Buck Creek Overnight Loop

Salt Lick, Kentucky 40371

Buck Creek Overnight Loop

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"

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This trail sucks! Poorly marked, poorly maintained and if you go in the fall, take water because the streams were dry and had only stagnant pools to draw from. Would not recommend this trail.
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The trail provided great views and an excellent get away from the everyday rat race. Some segments of the trail were also used by the forestry service vehicles and some of the foot paths had been used by people riding horses...their scat all over the trail was the proof. Other than that the trail was okay but you better wear your hill climbing boots because some segments were fairly steep. I recommend this trail to any/all novice backpackers.
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We just took the Buck Creek Trail all the way to Cave Run Lake. Camped on the beach. Clear night, beautiful stars and setting. Our favorite place for backpacking to date!

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Trail Information

Salt Lick
Nearby City
550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
9.25 hours
Year-round; best spring through fall
750 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,300 feet
Top Elevation
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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