War Spur Loop Trail (Forest Trail #68)

Area Status: Open
Two women look across green forested mountain.

War Spur Loop is an easy trail through the Mountain Lake Wilderness that treats hikers to a wide variety of plant life and an outstanding view. Most hikers travel the loop counter-clockwise, following the Salt Pond Mountain ridge to the overlook. In spring, you’ll see an array of wildflowers, rhododendron blooms, and flame azaleas. In fall, you’ll be surrounded by the colorful foliage and giant ferns. The overlook offers views of the Mountain Lake Wilderness, Johns Creek Mountain, and the valley below. On the return hike to the trailhead, you will walk through a rhododendron thicket and pass a number of large spruce, oak, and hemlock. Shortly before arriving at the trailhead, the War Branch Connector Trail heads north linking War Spur Loop to the Appalachian Trail and then on to Wind Rock overlook.

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At a Glance

Open Season: Open year round
Restrictions: When recreating on Forest Service Lands, follow the Forest Rules for Visitors and Forest Supervisor’s Orders.  This trail is located in the Mountain Lake Wilderness. Wilderness regulations apply. Group size is limited to 10 people and mechanized equipment, including bicycles, is not permitted. 

All visitors should follow Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace guidelines.   
Closest Towns: Pembroke, VA - Giles County
Water: Drinking water is not provided. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: Restrooms are not available. Leave No Trace when disposing of human waste.
Operated By: Eastern Divide Ranger District: (540) 552 - 4641
Information Center: For more information contact: Eastern Divide Ranger District 110 Southpark Drive Blacksburg, VA 24060. 540-552-4641 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 4:30 Current weather conditions for Pembroke, VA: www.weather.gov

General Information


From Blacksburg, VA:  Follow US 460 west for 6.5 miles.  Turn right on Mountain Lake Road (SR 700).   Travel 3.5 miles past Mountain Lake Hotel.  War Spur Trailhead is on the right.

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1.70 miles

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  Elevation : 
3700 - 3800 feet