Buffalo Mountain

Climate Recreation Hydrology

Buffalo Mountain, located in the Appalachian Mountains mountain range, is a prominent peak in southwestern Virginia. Standing at an elevation of approximately 3,971 feet (1,210 meters), it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The mountain is part of the Jefferson National Forest and spans an impressive 4,360 acres (17.6 square kilometers).

During the winter season, Buffalo Mountain experiences a diverse range of snowpack depths. Snow accumulation can vary greatly depending on the specific weather patterns in a given year. On average, the mountain receives around 25 inches (63.5 cm) of snowfall, transforming its rugged terrain into a picturesque winter wonderland.

Several creeks and rivers are fed by the runoff from Buffalo Mountain, including Little River and the South Fork of Roanoke River. These water sources contribute to the rich biodiversity and provide essential habitats for various aquatic species in the region.

Regarding its name, Buffalo Mountain derives its title from the early settlers who witnessed herds of bison grazing on its slopes. These majestic creatures once roamed the area abundantly, but sadly, they became extinct in the region in the 18th century due to overhunting. The mountain continues to be steeped in folklore and legends, with stories of hidden treasure and mysterious happenings captivating the imaginations of locals and visitors alike.

- "Buffalo Mountain." Virginia Trail Guide. Accessed September 29, 2021. [Link]
- "Buffalo Mountain." Virginia Department of Forestry. Accessed September 29, 2021. [Link]
- "Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve." Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Accessed September 29, 2021. [Link]

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