Buck Hollow Trail - Shenandoah National Park
Length: 5.6 miles
This is an easy hike along an old mining road that leads north through a chaparral and oak woodland forest. Several small creek crossings,spring wildflowers and the sounds of frogs make this walk a very easy stroll through the woods for families with children. Large oak trees are found along the trail. Hikers will enjoy small open meadows that support a variety of wildflowers in the springtime. There are many streams for children to explore and learn about habitat for frogs and water bugs. Creekside habitats are among the most diverse in plant and animal species. They provide “travel corridors” for large and small animals.
The trail follows a rolling topography that passes over low ridges with views of Shasta Bally to the west and the nearby hills of Shasta Divide to the east. Several large ponderosa pines that survived Gold Rush Era logging can be seen along the trail. After hiking 30 minutes along the Buck Hollow Trail, the path intersects with Mule Town Road. Turn left at Mule Town Road and walk down the road to the parking area.
Starting at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, drive south on Kennedy Memorial Drive. The road forks, take the left fork which is Paige Bar Road. Continue south past the Whiskeytown Cemetery. Again the road forks; turn left onto the unpaved road which leads to Shasta and Igo. Continue past the Horse Camp staging area.Continue to the intersection of Mule Town Road and turn right towards Igo and Ono. Drive about 0.5 mile and look for the trailhead sign on the left, Buck Hollow/Salt Creek Trail.