Buffalo Ridge Trail is a 1.5 mile difficult trail marked with white blazes. This trail runs from the East Picnic Area to the Newport and Sherman's Valley Railroad trace by the Main Picnic Area. This difficult trail winds up Buffalo Ridge and offers glimpses of the industrial history of the area. A mixed hardwood forest with scattered hemlock giants covers the area today, but before it was timbered, the ridge was covered in giant oaks, hickories and American chestnut. Colliers scoured the ridge to make charcoal for the Juniata Iron Works. Look for flat areas of dark ground where wood was stacked, covered with soil and leaves, and burned slowly to make charcoal.
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. Travel past the lake and immediately turn left into the Main Day Use Area. Stay on this road to the third gate. It will be on your right, leading onto a service road. Begin on Little Buffalo Creek Trail and travel a few steps to reach Buffalo Ridge Trail.
Elevation: 250 feet
Distance: 1.5 miles
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