Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve, Floyd

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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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  • This provides one with a wonderful hike. Trail is not too steep. It winds around the mountain. The view from the top is awesome.  more »
  • Buffalo Mountain was worth the hike to the top. Absolutely awesome. Steep incline going up but we were told if you took the trail to the left it wasn’t such a steep incline. It was just beautiful at.....  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places I hike. As a horticulturist this hike in just the two times I've been has the most diverse of wildflowers I've enjoyed.
  • Great place to hike and enjoy nature.

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