Old Buzzard Roost Road

Total Miles
3.9

Elevation

886.16 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

fall, summer

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Trail Overview

Old Buzzard Roost Road is a nice adventure just a few miles from the interstate. You'll travel under the shadow of Mt. Sterling as you cross a few creeks and traverse switchbacks until you reach the top of the ridgeline and intersect with the Buzzard Roost Road. Initially, the route is mild gravel with only one easy water crossing to add some variety. After a couple of miles you'll find that it transitions to a rockier dirt track with some rutted sections. A stock 4WD vehicle should be fine with a spotter in dry conditions, but the clay and sand can become more difficult to navigate after rains. Be sure it air down for grip on the round rock sections. Cell service is almost nonexistent on the majority of this route.

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

Take the Waterville Exit off of I40 E and then head towards the Big Creek Rangers Station. Just before the rangers station turn up Mt. Sterling Rd. and it will turn into Forest Rd. 288. That's Old Buzzard Roost Rd.