The Butterfield Hiking Trail gets its name from the Butterfield Stagecoach which ran in the area between 1858-1861. The Butterfield Trail is one of the few looped backpacking trails in the state. Beginning in Devil's Den State Park near the park's pavilion, the trail crosses Hwy. 74 and passes near Mount Olive. Scenic views, such as Blackburn Creek and Vista Point, are plentiful. Rock formations and mountainous outcroppings provide photographers with dramatic subjects. Backpackers must obtain a free permit at the park office before beginning their hike.
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If you only have a few hours, the Hwy. 74 / Holt Road intersection is a great starting point. Turn around at Quail Valley and take one of the horse trails back to Holt Road. Thanks to the staff for the day-hike recommendation!
Michael Gray (1/4/2013)
Great hike! Did it last summer and am planning to go this summer. Everything from the visitor center to the trail heads are very nice. The primitive campgrounds are not so primitive with MANY visitors every year compacting and building. I suggest finding a nice little rock crop and settling down if you want that real "in the woods" feeling. Overall a good hike! P.S. Dont let the "strenuous" tag deter you. I came across a small group of people last year that simply gave up due to lack of water, but if they had continued 1 hour more, they would have come across one of the streams that runs through the area, and the water problem would have been solved. Moral of the story being, in the face of adversity, the courageous continue on only to find the sun still rises in the morning.
It was a great hike. The camp by the creek was very nice. Thanks to those who set up the fire pit and reclining rock chairs over the years. It was challenging but not as bad as Mount Magazine's Cove Lake Trail. The folks at the visitor center were great too.
Just did this wonderful hike. We did it in 9 hours total - 5 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday. Had a wonderful night of camping by the creek. Fantastic experience! Not for the faint of heart - the damage caused by the flooding required considerable agility to climb over and under numerous fallen trees. The steep, rocky descents and climbs require good shoes and good conditioning. Had a blast!
Ashley Hirt (10/9/2011)
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