Buzzard Roost

A view from Buzzard RoostBuzzard Roost is a picnic area on the bluffs of the Ohio River.  Click here for information on the  Buzzard Roost Trail

The Job Hatfield family operated a smokehouse during the latter part of the nineteenth century in the town of Magnet, 2-3 miles north of this area. Animals were brought to the Hatfields to be slaughtered and the meat smoked, while the carcasses were piled up as waste.  This attracted the large numbers of buzzards who could be found feeding on the carcasses and nesting in the area.

turkey vulturebench on the Buzzard Roost trailBuzzard Roost bench

The smokehouse has long been closed, but buzzards still frequent the cliffs and can often be seen soaring above the valley.  The cliffs offer a spectacular view of the Ohio River and Kentucky farmland across the river. A  0.5 mile trail from this parking lot winds along the cliff face and descends to the river through steep and rocky terrain.

Buzzards are nature garbage disposals. Their digestive system has the unique ability to kill any virus or bacteria in the food they eat, so buzzards can eat rotting meat without adverse effects.

They also have excellent sight and hearing and are one of the few birds that have a sense of smell.

Benches along the trail are shown to right, as well as views from the bluff of the Ohio River valley.  Pictures along the buzzard roost trail are shown below.

overlook at Buzzard Roost

waterfall on buzzard roost trailbuzzard_roost_rocks

waterfalls along buzzard_roost trail.

Benches along the trail are shown to right, as well as views from the bluff of the Ohio River valley.  Pictures along the buzzard roost trail are shown below. A primitive pit toilets and picnic tables are available. Benches are provided along the trail and a vista offers an outstanding view of the Ohio River valley.  Day use is free .

Do not bring firewood into Forest picnic areas! Firewood could transport emerald ash borer.  Only local firewood should be used. Click here for more information.





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