Rutherford Outdoor Coalition

Buffalo Creek Park

Buffalo Creek Park

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Activities

Hiking Walking/Running Cycling Equestrian Paddling Camping

Length 3.5 mile loop (connects to Weed Patch Trail)

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Though designed with mountain bikers in mind, this a multi-use park suitable for runners and hikers as well. This is the only bike trail system of its kind within 20 miles. It features banked turns, rollers, and berms. The main trail is a 3.5-mile loop. The trail is challenging due to the elevation change. 

From the public parking area on Buffalo Creek Road, there is a short, graveled path with a bridge over Buffalo Creek. The main trail is to the right, shortly after the bridge. The first 1/4-mile of the trail accommodates two-way traffic. After that, the trail is a loop with hikers/runners going one way and bikers the opposite. The extension also is meant for two-way traffic.
 
Travel direction on the loop part of the trail varies by day. The current rotation is as follows:

M, T, Th, Sa - Hikers Clockwise, Bikers Counterclockwise

W, F, Su - Hikers Counterclockwise, Bikers Clockwise
 
Parking is limited at the trailhead to about 6-8 cars. Overflow parking is allowed along Buffalo Creek Road. The Town of Lake Lure is working with Chimney Rock State Park to increase the parking. There is an additional parking lot available for Rumbling Bald Resort guests inside the resort.

The Weed Patch Mountain Trail, an 8.6-mile long connection from the end of the current extension to Eagle Rock on Chimney Rock State Park land opened in the April of 2018.

For additional info see the town's webpage for the trail: http://www.townoflakelure.com/buffalo-creek-park.php

The trail is part of the newly designated Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail System. That system is envisioned to be more than 100 miles of trails throughout Hickory Nut Gorge. To read more about the plans and see a map of the current and proposed trails see the link below:

https://conservingcarolina.org/hickory-nut-gorge-trail/


 

WHERE: 2191 Buffalo Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746

DIRECTIONS: Located off Buffalo Creek Road just north of Rumbling Bald Resort.

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Posted 02.08.2017
Willie Lowe

Willie Lowe


The mountain bike trail at Buffalo Creek was severely damaged during the Party Rock fire control efforts . Repairs have just been completed and the original 3.5 mile loop is now reopened for pedestrians and bikers. The repairs are very good but users should stay on the trail and avoid cutting switchbacks to help prevent erosion. Photos of the damaged area and repairs are posted for reference.

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