|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Miles of undeveloped shorelines along 2,750-acre
Beginning at the Buttermilk Hill Trailhead, the trail drops 300 feet toward the lake. In its first mile, large pines give way to maple and oak. Notice the scattered, fallen trees. A 2006 tornado devastated the forest south of here and choked off northern trail access to the Buttermilk Hill picnic area. As it turns northwest along the lakeshore, the trail traverses trickling creeks and skirts a series of moss-covered waterfalls before passing through boulder fields.
Especially during spring and early summer, allot time to explore the abundant falls or stop for a picnic under the forest canopy. After hoping stones across a large stream near mile 4, this mapped route turns uphill for a 0.5-mile climb that ends at an unmarked junction with the Hidden Cove Trail.
As an out-and-back excursion, this hike is 9.5 miles, but you can shorten the trip by leaving a vehicle near the Hidden Cove Trailhead. To extend the trip, continue north along the Kinkaid Trail, or turn west then south to follow the Waterfall Trail back to the Buttermilk Trailhead.
-Mapped by Ted Villaire