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Virginia whitewater, Buffalo River

Amherst county, Amherst to Tye River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     13 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. This stretch of Buffalo River in Virginia is 13 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. Since you're on this site you are probably
    into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. There's camping available near Buffalo River. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming
from far and near. The beautiful scenery of Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Amherst to Tye River section is one of them. The starting location is a short drive from Lynchburg, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
At Buffalo River you always meet someone from
Arrington; hiking is a popular thing to do around Buffalo River; Tolley Gap Trail is a good local trail. Through the days of summer highs here at Buffalo River reach the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures drop down into the 60's. Throughout the winter highs are in the 40's, and night lows in the 20's for Buffalo River. Buffalo River typically gets a large amount of rainfall. October is the month that gets the most rain while January is mostly the driest month.

Buffalo River, Amherst to Tye River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Buffalo River.
 Whitewater Near Buffalo River:
Tye River, -blank- County, 2 miles away
      Class -blank- - 6 miles long (US 29 to Route 654)
Tye River, -blank- County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Route 654 to James River)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 13 miles long (Amherst to Tye River)
Rucker Run, Nelson County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (Route 653 to Tye River)
Shoe Creek, Amherst/Nelson County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (North Fork to Piney)
Piney River, Nelson/Amherst County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Alhambra to Woodson)
Tye River, Nelson County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Nash to Tye River)
Harris Creek, Amherst County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Route 130 to James River)
Rockfish River - South Fork, Nelson County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3.2 miles long (Wintergreen to Beech Grove)
Tye River - North Fork, Nelson County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Above Nash to Confluence with Tye River)
 Ski Areas Near Buffalo River:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 17 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 45 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 66 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 67 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 83 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 83 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 84 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Buffalo River:
Knights Inn Madison Heights Lynchburg, Madison Heights , 13 miles away
Scottish Inns Madison, Madison Heights , 14 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Lynchburg , 15 miles away
Super 8 Appomattox VA, Appomattox , 16 miles away
The Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buffalo River:
Lake Nelson Campground, Arrington, 4 miles away
James River State Park, Gladstone, 7 miles away
Piney River Campground, Piney River, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Buffalo River:
Tolley Gap Trail, Amherst , 14 miles away
White Rock Gap Trail, Augusta , 17 miles away
Mills Creek Trail, Augusta , 18 miles away
Turkey Pen Ridge Trail, Augusta , 19 miles away
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Augusta , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buffalo River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 59 miles away
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 67 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buffalo River:
Shadow Ridge Golf Course, Amherst , 7 miles away
Winton Country Club, Amherst , 7 miles away
Mountain View Golf Course, Appomattox , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Buffalo River
Lake Monocan, Nelson , 17 miles away

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