|September, 1992||Bedford & Campbell Counties||Blue Ridge Chapter|
Along Buffalo Creek, the Westvaco Corporation preserved a unique hemlock forest, which does not usually occur at such a low elevation. In the spring a showy display of flora greets visitors to the nature trails, and an abundant variety of wildflowers can be seen throughout the year.
Westvaco’s Buffalo Creek Nature Area, a seventy-five acre natural area preserve in Bedford and Campbell counties, was accepted into the VNPS Registry. Westvaco Timberlands Division Area Supervisor Trenor Hypes attended the banquet and accepted a Registry plaque and a framed print of dwarf ginseng, Panex trifolius, a unique find in the Nature Area.
Buffalo Creek Nature Area is an easily accessed public area which straddles Route 24 near Evington. One section is bisected by a five and one-half mile trail which can be leisurely traveled in about three hours. The trail leads through six distinct plant communities: open field, bottomland hardwood forest, hollows, upland hardwood forest, Virginia pine forest, and hemlock forest. Wildflowers are prolific in the area; peak bloom time usually occurs from the end of April through the beginning of May.
Buffalo Creek Nature Area is southwest of Lynchburg near Evington.