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Buffalo Mountain Trail is a 2.2 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.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 561 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

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Getting There

Once you get to Moles Rd - stay on it for about 1.5 miles - (use your odometer not your gps - it is inoperable here) until you see the proper brown signs leading to the natural area preserve. Do not turn right onto Wild Mountain Rd, but stay on Moles Rd.

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Shea Eminhizer
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HikingRocky

The drive out there is slightly terrifying- one lane road up the mountain with cars coming down the same lane! Drive slow and hug the right. The trail was beautiful! We took the longer trail up (2.2) and the shorter one down (probably less than a mile). The view at the top was well worth the drive! So gorgeous at sunset with the fog over the mountains!

Joseph Lombardo
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Brian Lynch
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Danielle Moyer
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Hiking

beautiful views at the top. an abundance of butterflies on the red trail. four kids ages 10-9-7-6 loved it. (we followed the advice of others and went up the red trail and down the blue trail.) it took two hours out and back at a short kid leg pace, but we spent a considerable amount of time at the top enjoying the views and eating our packed snack.

Eddie Bass
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Hiking

Nice trail. Got caught in a few short showers but made the hike better cutting down on the humidity. Take the left trail for a easy hike up and follow the blue back down

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Belinda Lamm
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Hiking

Love this hike....shorter but outstanding views at the top! Hiked in less than an hour & wound up in a rain shower part of the way up. BUT, it cleared up & was well worth getting wet to see those 360 degree views! Lots of wildflowers as well.

Russell Killian
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Perfect sunset hike. My wife and I got there around 8 to see the sunset, and we hiked to the top in 15-20 minutes. Considering how short of a hike it is, the steeper parts on the trail make it worth it. The only thing that could be a downside was that the path was pretty narrow and surrounded by overgrown grass and bushes. However, the view of the sunset was magnificent! The atmosphere at the top was very peaceful with a light breeze. We’ll definitely be back!

Nino Arranz
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Jenny Anne
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This is a little hike that does not disappoint. The 360 view at the top is gorgeous. Go early if you do it on the weekend, as it can get crowded and there's not a ton of parking

amy bl3
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the view is great

Tonya Sawyers
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This trail is a gem. only 2.1 miles round-trip with a HUGE payoff. The rocky outcroppings at the top provide a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. We followed the red trail up (longer, but easier with lots of switchbacks) and followed the blhe trail down (steeper, overgrown). We had an impromptu air show when a fighter jet flew low over the mountain, and we saw a young black bear on the way back.. Incidentally, this is a great place to watch the sun set.

Aaron Bazemore
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nice hike. great views of the valley from the top. there is a very easy route to the left when entering the trail and a more challenging going route to the right. you can use this as a loop of you like. I'd probably avoid the trail on wet days. it looks like it could get really slippery. very well maintained trail anyone can hike. I have small children and wouldn't hesitate to take them on this. there are also plenty of logs and rocks to take a break if you need the rest

Amie Elizabeth
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Hiking

Beautiful Trail . There are two trials neither were difficult. Once you get to the top , you will enjoy the 360 Mountain View . I highly recommend this hike for all hikers . Bring your camera, Journal and be prepared for a relaxing Peaceful time on the mountain top .

Joey Lyons
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HikingMuddyRocky

Excellent, 360-degree views from the top! Ascended the red (easier) trail, and descended on the blue (steeper) trail. Neither were very difficult. No streams to cross, paths are well marked and easy to maneuver when passing by fellow hikers. Great trail for a family.

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Maggie Oliveri
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HikingMuddyRocky

A short trail that has an amazing view at the top. The climb is steep but has switchbacks and some rocky spots. The drive to the trailhead is beautiful. the last bit is over a gravel road. Any car should be able to navigate it. I did this as an afternoon hike and had time to climb up. eat a protein bar and leisurely hike back down. A great trail!

Linda Edwards
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Hiking

For my first hike in Virginia it had incredible views

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Erin Hobson
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Went this morning and had the whole trail to myself. Really great, quick hike. Took the longer red trail up and the shorter, steeper blue trail down. Gorgeous 360 views from the summit, especially after the snow overnight.

Livid Ostrich
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Hiked 2/22/20: Proposed to my fiancée at the summit!! Trail is always nice. There's a new blue trail at the trailhead that goes nearly straight up to the summit, really steep going up. We chose the established (mapped) trail. Something else new is the peak now has restricted zones marked with cables, I'm guessing to preserve the plantlife. Will def hike again and again, especially with our proposal happening there :)

Brianna Simoni
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HikingMuddyRocky

What an awesome hike! We saw some friendly deer, but man the top was so windy it was a tad scary. But view I could star at for hours. Will definitely be back and bringing friends. :)

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Angela Lollie
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Hiking

Went an early morning last month and had the trails all to myself. Beautiful views and something interesting to look at every step of the way.

Lisa Anderson
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Hiking

Blue Ridge trail .5

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Carolyn Curtis
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Hiking

Well-marked with great sunset 360 views. Would definitely hike this again.

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Faith Adams
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Hiking

Perfect little hike with amazing 360 views. Went at sunset and man was it something. Definitely recommend!

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