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Description - Buffalo Mountain rests at 3,971 feet above sea level. It is subjected to subalpine temperatures and winds. Contrasting micro climates are a result of its variation in exposure and soil depth. Much of Buffalo Mountain supports mountain sandwort, plains frostweek and mountain rattlesnake root. Of particular interest is the fact that near the top of the mountain lives an insect that is found nowhere else in the world. It is the Kosztarab's giant mealy bug (Puto kosztarabi). This preserve is also of historic significance dating back to the Revolutionary War and the father of Civil War General Robert E. Lee.

Recreation - Grayson Highlands State Park is a short distance away offering overnight facilities and a multitude of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - From the Blue Ridge Parkway, travel to Rt. 799 heading north for about 1.5 miles until you reach Rt. 604. Turn left and travel another 1.5 miles to Rt. 727. Turn left again and travel about 1 mile to the parking lot.


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Filed By: Pat Burton (Dugspur, Va)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Steep grade,incredible views, mark a trail, picnic on a log(byo water)watch for loose rocks, rotten logs.May see much small wildlife and numerous deer. Get out before dark.


More Information

Contact Information:
Virginia Natural Heritage Program, 217 Governor Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-371-2671

Additional Information:
Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region - The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.

Links:
Grayson Highlands State Park - Official agency Website
Virginia Natural Heritage Program - Official agency Website

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