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Virginia whitewater, Buffalo Creek

Rockbridge county, Effinger to Buffalo Forge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     12.5 miles
  The nature scenery of Virginia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The average Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Lynchburg, please print out a copy of the road map further
    down the page so you won’t get lost. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature
are great attractions for lots of people. This stretch of Buffalo Creek in Rockbridge County is 12.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Effinger to Buffalo Forge stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can  
camp. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag.

Briefly about the general area:
A fine location to pop by in the neighborhood of Buffalo Creek is Spring Valley, and the Balcony Falls Trail offers hiking at its best. So many exciting things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains, not enough time. Buffalo Creek is a place with many visitors from Natural Bridge, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Gunter Ridge Trail. This is a really good river. High temperatures at Buffalo Creek through the summer are in the 80's.

Buffalo Creek, Effinger to Buffalo Forge 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 Creek.
 Whitewater Near Buffalo Creek:
Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Effinger to Buffalo Forge)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
James River, Rockbridge/ Amherst County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Glasgow to Snowden)
Laurel Run, Rockbridge County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Game road to Maury River)
Marl Creek, Rockbridge County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.2 miles long (roadside Route 706)
James River, Amherst/ Bedford County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Snowden to Six Mile)
Hay's Creek, Rockbridge County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 1.25 miles long (Eastfields to Walker's Creek)
Maury River, Rockbridge County, 11 miles away
      Class II(III) - 32 miles long (Rockbridge Baths to James River)
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
North Creek, Botetourt County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Campground to Jennings Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Buffalo Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 28 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 40 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 50 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 63 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 72 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 78 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Buffalo Creek:
Econo Lodge Lexington, Lexington , 5 miles away
Days Inn Lexington, Lexington , 5 miles away
The Georges Inn, Lexington , 5 miles away
The Natural Bridge Historic Hotel, Natural Bridge , 6 miles away
Best Western Lexington Inn, Lexington , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buffalo Creek:
Lake Robertson Rec Park, Lexington, 4 miles away
Natural Bridge Koa, Natural Bridge, 5 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Natural Bridge, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Buffalo Creek:
Balcony Falls Trail, Rockbridge , 7 miles away
Gunter Ridge Trail, Rockbridge , 8 miles away
Belfast Trail, Rockbridge , 9 miles away
Rocky Row Trail, Rockbridge , 9 miles away
Sulphur Spring Trail, Bedford , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buffalo Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 35 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 22 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 36 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buffalo Creek:
Lexington Golf & Country Club, Lexington , 4 miles away
Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs , 5 miles away
Vista Links Golf Course, Buena Vista , 11 miles away

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