Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve, Floyd

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Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve is a 1140acre Natural Area Preserve in Floyd County, Virginia.DescriptionBuffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve covers the summit and slopes of Buffalo Mountain, a 3960ft peak in southwest Virginia. It is open to the public and includes a small parking area from which an approximately 1mi trail may be traversed to reach the summit.The treeless summit is home to rare plant species including three-toothed cinquefoil and Rocky Mountain woodsia; other rare plants, such as bog bluegrass and large-leaved grass-of-Parnassus, are found at seeps along the mountain's base. In total, the preserve protects thirteen rare plant occurrences, three rare animal occurrences, and six significant natural communities. Buffalo Mountain is also the only place in the world where the mealybug Puto kosztarabi is known to live.
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  • We took our dog here for a great hike in spring. There is about 2 miles of trail making a loop that leads up to the summit. Oak Trail leads along the flank of the mountain and there were a... 
    We took our dog here for a great hike in spring. There is about 2 miles of trail making a loop that leads up to the summit. Oak Trail leads along the flank of the mountain and there were a...  more »
  • Wildflowers blooming, birds singing, nice breeze, moderately challenging hike. Wonderful! Check “alltrails” reviews for helpful detailed info 
    Wildflowers blooming, birds singing, nice breeze, moderately challenging hike. Wonderful! Check “alltrails” reviews for helpful detailed info  more »
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  • One of the best trails in all of Virginia! Sharing The Wild - Luxury Travel Designs has been coming here and recommending this trail to travelers for years! The parking lot is rather small so be sure to get here early in the day or be prepared to wait for others to leave. Two trails, under a mile in length (rated moderate and challenging) will lead to the top where gorgeous panoramic views will take your breathe away and leave you filling inspired. Checkout the awesome photos we were able to get at the top!
  • Amazing 3900ft views, short hike from parking lot, 22min from Floyd, pleasant summer breezes at the top. 2 trails up that join to a final trial to the peak. Red trail is less steep but longer at 0.9mi and blue trail steeper with more natural 'steps' at 0.5mi. They meet to the orange trail which is another 0.3mi to the top. Blue+orange trail takes about 25min to peak at natural walking pace. 10 spaces at parking lot and a nice portapotty available.

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