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The Friends of the Appomattox River (FAR) was established in 1997 by a dedicated group of volunteers with a vision to make the upper Appomattox an accessible and enjoyable paddling  destination. 

Since its inception, the Friends of the Appomattox River has organized and led clean-up events along the Appomattox River, its tributaries, and local public lakes. Thousands of pounds of trash and debris have been removed from these areas with the help of members, the public, local businesses, and the Town of Farmville.


In 1999 FAR worked with government and private sector assistance to preserve the remains of a historic narrow-gauge railroad downstream of the confluence of the Appomattox River and Buffalo Creek. The railroad bridge was constructed across the Appomattox River by the Farmville and Powhatan Railroad over 100 years earlier.  Stream-bank rehabilitation prevented a historic bridge pier from collapsing into the river.

That same year the Friends adopted an 8-mile section of the Appomattox River between Rts. 15 and 45. This was accomplished through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Adopt-a-Stream Program.


In 2014, FAR worked with the town of Farmville to complete a Blueway, or paddle trail, along Buffalo Creek and the Appomattox River. This paddling trail begins at Wilck's Lake Park on the west side of town and continues approximately four miles to Riverside Park in downtown. Paddlers come from all over Virginia’s piedmont to enjoy this nature trail.

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