Buffalo Mountain Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews

Buffalo Mountain Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
879 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers



old growth


10 minutes 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.

24 days ago

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

2 months ago

4 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.

4 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.

7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

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!!

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!

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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fun trail. Pleasant hike throughout, and great view of the waterfall with a nice viewing platform and bench.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This trail was a great way to end our family trip. Had three kids and two dogs and we all had no problem doing it. It's basically a shortish uphill climb to the top where you will find some of the best views around from multiple angles! Seriously, the view is breathtaking. I have a manual shift Mazda 3 and the drive to the starting point was a bit harrowing. Be aware that the road has lots of potholes on the way up. Otherwise, fantastic hike!

Monday, March 13, 2017

loved the views!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Amazing views...

Sunday, February 05, 2017

This trail would be perfect for a family hiking trip! The winding path to the top is very smooth with a few rocks every now and then. After about a mile you will reach the summit and it will blow you away. There is one point that you can stand on and get a complete 360° unobstructed view of the many valleys and mountains in the area! It is definitely the most beautiful view I have ever seen on a trail. It took us 2 hours to complete the trail and I will be returning again. All in all, wonderful trail.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Worth it. So worth it.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

great view, if the gate is open there is a parking lot about half way.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fun long hike

Thursday, October 13, 2016

This is a nice, not crowded trail, that offers a spectacular view at the top. Better take someone with you for safety, because you may encounter some wildlife along the way. Better to be safe than sorry.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Great trail now you can park at the trail head so hike is only about 1. 2 miles each way and the view is worth every step

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fantastic every time I hike this trail. The view never disappoints even on a cloudy day. It takes less than 30 minutes to reach the top and only one place near the end does it get steep enough to slow you. The road in....well I guess anything worth doing has some challenge. Just be patient getting there.

Friday, July 15, 2016

It's a challenging hike uphill but OMG it is so worth it! The views are breath taking! I took my dog but advise hydration for people and pets. Unlike anything I have ever seen! I'll definitely be going back.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Definitely one of my favorites!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Great short family hike, great views. This mountain has a lot of history, the drive to the mountain is a beautiful drive.
The town of Floyd, is a nice place to visit after the hike, several restaurants to choose from.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Beautiful. An easy hike to see such an amazing view.

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