Middle Ridge Trail is 2.5 miles in length and considered difficult. The trail blazes are red. It runs from the Exercise Trail to the west end of the park. It offers many short, steep climbs while traveling through a variety of habitats. Open fields feature nice views of the lake. In the mixed hardwood forest, hikers may see large, cone-shaped mounds of earth which may house tens of thousands of Allegheny mound builder ants. These ants have very strong jaws and can inflict a painful bite on those who disturb their mounds.
Directions: From Newport, PA, Take PA Route 34 south through the town of Newport. One mile from town turn right onto Little Buffalo State Park Road to the park. On the southwest corner of SR 1011 and Little Buffalo State Park Road there is a small lot where you may access the Exercise Trail or head south on SR 1011 to the small parking area on your left to access Exercise Trail. Take Exercise Trail to the west end of the loop where it intersects with Middle Ridge Trail.
Elevation: 250 feet
Distance: 2.5 miles
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