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at Knob Noster State Park

Buteo Trail

  • Hiking

This trail circles Buteo Lake, allowing easy access for anglers. The dirt-surface trail gets wet and muddy after rain, has a water crossing in which you must cross Buteo Lake spillway via strategically placed rocks and stone steps, and for a very short distance is along a park road. Beaver, muskrat, frogs, snakes, several species of fish and even freshwater jellyfish inhabit Buteo Lake. 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1 Mile 45 minutes Loop Brown

Down the hill from Buteo Shelter parking area

Clearfork Woodland Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .60 Mile View map

This trail shares a section with Hawk Nest Trail. This dirt-surfaced loop allows access to a small interior section of a large open woodland management area known as Clearfork Woodland. This woodland has been managed for more than a decade and shows a distinct contrast from the density of the woodland management area along Opossum Hollow that has had limited management. The trail may occasionally be closed for prescribed burns. 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.60 Mile 25 minutes Loop Blue

Clearfork Open Woodland kiosk pull off

Discovery Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .90 Mile View map

This trail winds around to the visitor center, travels along a creek for a short distance, then returns to the campground. It is rich in spring and summer wildflowers. Deer, birds, frog and turtles are common. 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.90 Mile 40 minutes Loop Green

Campground near site 18

Hawk Nest Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.75 Miles View map

This trail shares sections with both Buteo and Clearfork Woodland trails. Along this trail, wildflowers are abundant in spring and summer. Oak-hickory woodlands dominate this area of the park, allowing for ample wildlife-viewing opportunities. You may encounter occasional water over the trail, slippery, muddy trail surfaces and rocks and roots. There are wooden bridge crossings, stone steps, and steep grades and inclines of more than 10 percent along the dirt-surfaced trail. The trail acts as a burn line for prescribed burn management within the woodland and may occasionally be closed for prescribed burning.  

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.75 Miles 1 hour, 20 minutes Loop Red

Along Lake Buteo, down the hill from Buteo Shelter parking area

McAdoo Trail System

  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Length: 7.5 Miles View map

This dirt trail is the park’s only trail open to equestrian riders and hikers. You will encounter both bottomland and upland forests with several creek crossings, steep grades and inclines, slippery conditions and possible downed vegetation. Travelers will pass through Christopher Woods, a section of forest that contains the oldest stand of continuous timber within the park.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
7.5 Miles 60 minutes per mile Loop Yellow

At day-use area

North Loop Trail

  • Hiking

Length: 1.75 Miles View map

This forested dirt-surface trail opens up into a prairie management area before leading visitors through a rich, moist bottomland timber stand vivid with spring and summer wildflowers. Possible wildlife sightings include the eastern bluebird, pileated woodpecker, turkey and deer. You will encounter bridges, steep grades, and rocks or roots. 

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.75 Miles 1 hour, 20 minutes Loop Yellow

In the campground, by the playground

Opossum Hollow Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 5.5 Miles View map

This trail takes you through a woodland management area similar to Clearfork Woodland Trail. Work Progress Administration-era erosion control structures and remnants from former landowners’ farms are scattered within the area. Along the dirt-surfaced trail, you will encounter areas filled with wildflowers, water crossings without bridges, steep grades and inclines of more than 10 percent. This trail may occasionally be closed for prescribed burns.  This trail has a .6-mile connector section blazed white.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
5.5 Miles 4 hours, 10 minutes Loop Red

Opossum Hollow Woodland Area off Hwy. DD