“Buffalo Trace Trail and Waterfall Trail combined to make a mini-epic of climbs and descents.
— William Ganis
This is a fun eight-mile loop combining French Lick's Buffalo Trace Trail
and Waterfall Trail
. Runners 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
= Blue Trail = Trail 3
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, runners 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 runners 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 run'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.