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French Lick Loop

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 5.0 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Buffalo Trace Trail and Waterfall Trail combined to make a mini-epic of climbs and descents.


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Map Key

8.8

Miles

14.1

KM

Loop

867' 264 m

High

483' 147 m

Low

907' 276 m

Up

907' 276 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Waterfall

Overview

This is a fun eight-mile loop combining French Lick's Buffalo Trace Trail and Waterfall Trail. Hikers will tackle moderate to steady climbs and enjoy fun sections of descending. Expect some areas of rocky and technical trail and a beautiful, if smaller waterfall.

Need to Know

The signage and maps for the area can be somewhat confusing for names, but essentially:
Buffalo Trace Trail = Green Trail = Trail 2
Waterfall Trail = Blue Trail = Trail 3

Description

From the parking area, follow the paved trail west and then across the golf course to reach the Buffalo Trace Trail on the other side of West Country Road 25 South. Head left to begin a clockwise loop on the mountain as mapped. To change things up, hikers could head counter-clockwise, but this finishes with a shorter descent at the end.

The easy grades and smooth trail at the start pass quickly, and hikers will soon find themselves at the intersection with the Waterfall Trail at mile 1.65. Turn left to transition to a rougher and rockier trail that will make you work harder through steeper climbs, a rock gully, and a stream crossing. There's also a nice small waterfall to enjoy!

Around five-miles, the Waterfall Trail ends back on the Buffalo Trace Trail. Bear left for a little bit of descending before the hike's final climb to the top of the West Side of Mt. Airie. All that's left is a couple miles of descending with a few short climbs mixed in.

Contacts

Land Manager: French Lick Resort

Shared By:

William Ganis

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Waterfall
Jul 27, 2020 near French…, IN
Rory the trail dog feeling the long ascents on Buffalo Trace Trail.
Dec 1, 2017 near French…, IN

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Dec 30, 2018
Sasha Ivan
Lots to see. Enjoyed the various small creek crossings. 8.9mi — 4h 30m