Buzzard Roost Road

Total Miles
11.2

Elevation

903.21 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

While not as exciting in terrain as the closely named Old Buzzard Roost Road, this route has some amazing views and other interesting features. It's mostly gravel with a few sections that hold water or have small washouts. You can travel the Southern terminus up towards the ridgeline and then trace along the cliff line. The namesake Buzzard Roost Overlook is marked by some unfortunate graffiti on a tree so it's easy to miss. However, if you carefully venture out to the edge of the cliff you'll be rewarded with expansive views of the valley below, the Pigeon River, and even I40. Continuing to the Northeast you'll quickly descend towards the Pigeon River. Along the way, you'll pass a number of campsites. Just before you return to I40 the concrete bridge passes over the Pigeon River. After heavy rains, this bridge can be submerged so take caution if that's the case. Cell service is available at higher elevations, but don't count it along the entire route.

Photos of Buzzard Roost Road

Buzzard Roost Road
Buzzard Roost Road
Buzzard Roost Road

Difficulty

The route is mostly gravel but a few sections are rougher and washouts are possible, especially after heavy rains. It's wide enough for two vehicles in all but a few spots.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Norm Lathrop
Apr 02, 2024
2019 Ford Ranger
Open
Normal
Dusty
Road is in excellent shape. Recent blowdown has been cleared. One wild turkey.
Jeff Mckee
Mar 06, 2024
2021 Jeep Gladiator
Open
Muddy/Wet
Washboard
Easy ride up from SR40. Rained all night and while we were there, but it’s a really easy drive for anything with a little ground clearance. No 4x4 needed. The rain made for a few really nice waterfalls. Some light road washout and washboarding, but nothing to be concerned with. Stopped at the overlook for a few minutes. The rain made footing slippery, but certainly worth the ride. The view is spectacular.
Anthony Autorino
Nov 11, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Andrew Collins
Sep 23, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty

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