Buffalo Mountain Trail

MODERATE 101 reviews

Buffalo Mountain Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Willis, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
551 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

1 month ago

Wonderful view, great hike!

2 months ago

Beautiful views!!

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike. As others have stated, the mileage listing on All Trails is from the last turn in the road. In your car, continue to follow signs for the Nature Preserve. It's a (mostly) gravel, one-ish lane road, but there's plenty of room in most stretches to pull over and let someone pass. Just one rut in the road, otherwise it's very well grated. You don't need an SUV or 4WD. From the parking lot (which looks like it could hold about 10-15 cars), it's a 1.1 mile trail to the top. RT was 2.2 miles. There is a port-o-potty at the trailhead. There are a lot of spider webs (and their residents) on the trail, so be aware if you're the first ones up (like us). The views definitely rival McAfee, and it's much less crowded! Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

I read others' reviews before visiting Buffalo Mountain- I've always lived close by, but never visited. It was truly an amazing view at the top and I really liked that the trail was short. It was a workout mostly because swarms of bees were all over me the entire trip up so I was going pretty fast. LOL. My sister and I were the only people on the trail both ways... it was a weekday. On the hike down we encountered a very large snake and some pretty scary growls from a fairly close animal we didn't stay to see. It was a very interesting experience with the wildlife but the views are better than McAfee's hands down.

3 months ago

A nice short hike but a decent workout due to the elevation change. There was a fair amount of poison ivy creeping into the trail which can be narrow at areas so long pants suggested. Nice views at the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike, watch out for snakes!

hiking
4 months ago

lovely, well maintained and shaded trail. At almost 66, over-weight and out of shape, I completed the hike. I haven't ever hiked let alone "climbed a mountain" and it definitely wasn't a "cake walk" by any means, but I did it so I imagine anyone could. The view is impressively breath-taking and well worth the hike. Parked at the trail head parking lot and the AllTrails app clocked it at 1 & 3/10ths mile. The last 10th mile was a bit steep, but worth it.

4 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails that I’ve ever hiked. Short, but stunning views.

4 months ago

loved the veiw at the summit

backpacking
4 months ago

Loved this hike! a must do if you're in the area.
if you're using Google maps to get here, don't use buffalo mountain, as that will take you through a farmers property. use buffalo mountain parking lot instead. this lot can only fit about 10-15 cars. I went on a Wednesday at 3pm and it was empty. the drive up to here is a rocky road with a lock of potholes so I would suggest an SUV and to go slow because some of it is very narrow and cannot fit 2 cars.
the trail has about 4 switchbacks up the mountains. 2 miles each way. it's a gradual up. not too many rocks to climb over (and certainly not a rock scramble, contrary to another person's review). it was a moderate incline. it took us 30 min to get up.
views are gorgeous. it really is 360 degree views. they have a cute bench at the top for pictures
I think I'll bring a picnic for the top next time.

4 months ago

Only 1 mile each way when you park at the trailhead instead of the gravel road. There’s a parking lot there so don’t be shy about driving up. The trail is quick and rewards you with an almost-360 view.

5 months ago

Great trail. Not too crowded. Be sure to apply your deet bug repellent before your hike. The trail is narrow with a lot of tall grasses ....tick favorite..?brushing your legs. Amazing views reward your efforts!

5 months ago

Steep but a great hike! Pretty easy

hiking
5 months ago

The views at the top are where the 3 stars come from. It's great, but the remainder of the hike is uneventful. Do park at the area up the gravel road if you can. If you park at the bottom where the trailhead was listed when I did it, you get a mile each way that's literally a road with cars passing you as they drive up to the real trailhead.

Take a picnic for the top. I recommend this for kids, dogs, etc.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view once you reach the summit! Nicely shaded hike.

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

Short hike with beautiful views at the summit.

hiking
9 months ago

Buffalo Mtn. Is approx. a 1 mile hike from the parking lot. It's a little hard to find the first time but well worth the effort. It has an elevation gain of close to 600 ft. in that mile but is switched-backed so as not to be too strenuous. At the top there is an almost 360 degree view and looking southward you can see Pilot Mtn. NC. on most days. With a good set of binoculars the skyline of Winston Salem can just be made out a little distance to the East of Pilot Mtn. (look at the base of the sloping mountain range). Be aware that the wind blows often at the top so take a sweater just in case.

9 months ago

Well worth the hike to the top. Note...AllTrails shows hike from the bottoms of the road, making it a 4 mile hike. You can actually keep driving up the gravel road until you reach the parking lot capable of parking about 14 cars. From there the hike is only 1.5 miles approx to the top or park at bottom of gravel road for the full 4 mike hike. Well worth it either way. Some the most beautiful 360 views of unspoiled farmland, meadows and Appalachian mountains. Very peaceful and relaxing.

hiking
Thursday, December 07, 2017

A great hike that takes around 30 minutes to reach the summit. The last 1/4 mile is steep but that is the most challenging part. Views at the top are the best around!

hiking
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Great day for a hike. Buffalo Mountain Trail is well blazed (red) and well maintained. Views from the top were not the best due to overcast skies and some fog. This was my first time here, I will look forward to bringing some of my children and grandchildren next time. A good day, Life is Good.
Mike Furey

hiking
Friday, November 10, 2017

The drive to the trail start was a little confusing. I wasn’t expecting a gravel road only big enough for one car but do follow the signs through the little, green (broken looking) gate and keep going until you see the parking area.
Was nervous hearing it was 4+ mile hike, but started the trail anyway. My gps tracked it from trail start to summit clearing at 1.07 mi. Not too strenuous but definitely a workout. Views are 360 and well worth it! I plan on going back soon on a clearer day.

hiking
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

was a steady climb to the top about a mile up and a mile back wasn't as bad as i thought it would be , the view up there was fantastic , I don't know how far but you can easily see pilot mountain and hanging rock among many others

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Great trail. Not to strenuous but a good workout. Awesome view at the top. Very rewarding

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Awesome hike with spectacular 360 views. Not steep, and goes by quickly. Recommend in off season.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Absolutely spectacular views! In my book, it gives McAfee Knob a run for its money. Once you reach the top, you are greeted with a 360 view of the surrounding area. As others have mentioned, the actual walking trail is only about 1 mile. Once you reach a stump with the word "Buffalo" painted on it, I would say you're about half way. The trail has red markings and are frequent. The last 1/4-1/2 mile to the top does get fairly steep, but don't stop!! The views are well worth it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beautiful views and super easy hike. Definitely shorter than 4.2 miles, maybe less than half. Very enjoyable nonetheless!!

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

This is an awesome hike that provides amazing panoramic views of the valley below at the end. The trail is actually only about 1 mile, the first mile can be driven and then there is a small parking area at the trailhead. It is relatively steep but is steady and not too strenuous, especially for those who have a bit more experience hiking. Even so, there were several children on the trail, so anyone can do it at their own pace, especially because it is a short distance. Coming back is very easy as it is all downhill.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

360 view is great. My favorite view in the 540. Trail is pretty easy as well!

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Really great open expansive views of the beautiful rolling mountains and valleys around the area. Lots of room at the top to find a spot to lunch or lay or hangout Was pretty quiet the whole way didn't see too many people. The incline is steady on the way to the top but wasn't bad at all and definitely worth the view.

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