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Buck Creek State Park


1901 Buck Creek Lane
Springfield, OH 45502

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Green Area Cleanliness : Typical
Congestion : Effort minimizes contact with others
Water Availability : Bring your own H20
Wildlife Alert : Possibility of Large Game
Walking / Hiking Terrain : Ups & Downs w/ minimal Steep Incline
Walking / Hiking Surface : Packed Dirt & Grass

After a long day on the road the previous day, Buck Creek State Park offered this dog many options to burn off some extra energy.  I chose to hike the Buck Horn Trail on the west side and covered about 8 miles on the dirt path.  Other hiking trails can be found on the east of the lake.

 

I really enjoyed the hike.  Saw turkey, deer, squirrels, and a rabbit.  While bikes are not allowed on the trail, we noticed in several spots the trail had rutting that appeared to be from bike usage.  At many spots the trail was block with fallen trees and other debris.  On the map we have flags where the trail was significantly blocked.  In a couple place The Chauffeur had to get on his knees to crawl under or we followed worn paths created by others.

 

In addition to the many fallen trees across the trail, a collapsed foot bridge in one spot, two loose boards serving as water crossing in another, and a wood pallet used at a third water crossing all indicate that trail maintenance has not been a priority.

 

Dogs preferring paved trails will be happy here.  The Park Ranger told us the paved Buck Creek Scenic Trail is part of a vast system of paved trails that connect all the way to Cincinnati.  We noticed the paved trail went around the dam (on the south) from the west side to the east side. 

 

We would love to link to the online map for the trail system but the map we were given (titled: Miami Valley Recreational Trails for Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Northern Warren Counties) provides an invalid web address.  Here is a link to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission that produced the map.

Prospect's SignatureVisited April 15, 2011  9:30am

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Buck Creek State Park


Wildlife Viewing Trail

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From the parking at the Prairie View Picnic area, this mowed trail is about 0.3 mile long and will take you to the Buck Horn Trail.

Buck Horn Trail

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We hiked the Buck Horn Trail for about 3.5 miles before turning around.

Buck Creek State Park

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Prairie View Picnic Area


We parked here.  Across the road is a mowed trail that follows through the Wildlife Viewing Area 0.3 mile to the Buckhorn Trail trailhead.

Road Crossing


Just north of the road crossing we encountered fallen trees blocking the trail.  Unlike all the other blocked spots that have obviously been in place for years, this blockage appeared like it may have happened this past winter.

Huge Fallen Tree


At about 1.3 mile north of the trailhead, we encounted this large tree across the trail.  This dog passed through with no problem but it was funny watching The Chauffeur get down and crawl under.

Hunting Blind


This is the nearest point to the lake we found.  Down a steep embankment there is a hunting blind and spot for a hiking dog to cool off.

Collapsed Foot Bridge


It did not appear this foot bridge could fall any farther.  When this dog walked across it seemed to be stable.

Railroad Culvert


Here the trail becomes narrow as it passes over the top edge of the culvert running out of the built-up railroad bed (the train tracks run along west edge of park).

Two Boards


Two loose boards that appear to be the remnants of a prior foot bridge provide passage over the small stream.  The Chauffeur was not sure they would support his weight, but he is sure-footed and made it across twice without getting his feet wet.  On the way back, I said "the heck with it" and just got in the water.

Access Road


Here we crossed what appeared to be an old road or merely a service road leading to the lake.  The railroad tracks and gate are barriers from what may or may not be parking to the park.

Wood Pallet


Here we met a local dog enjoying the trail. His human indicated there was lots of trail left.  Having walked about 3.5 miles on the Buckhorn Trail, seeing the wood pallet water crossing, and getting tired we decided to turn around.

Buck Creek State Park


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