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Buckhorn State Park Trail descriptions

Hiking Barrens Nature trail (1.5 miles)

Large, full-color nature signs along this 1.5-mile trail explain what barrens are, what oak wilt is, plants and animals found in barrens and how the area is being restored. A 20-foot high observation tower is also on this trail located in the middle of the park. Check out the eco box on the way to the observation tower; turn the handle to listen to messages about the park and surrounding area. Bring your own GPS or check one out at the office to complete the Ranger Rick geocache trail.

Hiking Buckhorn Campground trail (.53 miles)

A crushed rock trail for walking or biking leads from the campground towards the day use area.

Canoeing & Kayaking Canoe trail (1.8 miles)

Buckhorn State Park has 1.8-mile canoe interpretive trail that begins and ends at the canoe launch on the park's east side. A large map at the launch shows a detailed layout of the trail. Ten numbered posts are along the shoreline.

Hiking Central Sands Nature trail (1.4 miles)

This trail begins near the parking lot next to the park amphitheater. This 1.4-mile loop trail connects the Turkey Hollow and Partridge trails.

Hiking Glacial Lake trail (1.0 miles)

Winds through oak and pine forest with views of a large sand blow and connects the Turtle Trail to 30th St.

Hiking Partridge trail (1.2 miles)

This trail connects to the Turkey Hollow and Central Sands Nature trail in the lower part of the park.

Hiking Turkey Hollow trail (1.5 miles)

This trail goes to the west side of the peninsula in the southern part of the park, providing access to backpack campsites.

Hiking Pond trail (0.5 miles)

This trail connects to the Barrens Nature trail at the parking lot. Relax on one of the benches around the pond and observe wildlife. A 100- by 100-foot deer exclosure was built along the Pond trail. Deer cannot get into the fenced area, which will allow the park to monitor plants inside the fence to show the difference between where deer can and cannot browse.

Hiking Timber trail (1.3 miles)

Parking off 30th St. and follows old logging routes through pines and oak forest.

Hiking Turtle trail (0.4 miles)

The 0.4-mile Turtle trail, across from the park entrance goes to a pond stocked with fish for kids to catch.

Hiking Whispering Pines trail (0.6 miles)

Short loop through pines from the Glacial Lake Trail.

Last revised: Wednesday October 31 2018