War Branch Trail (Forest Trail #69)
Area Status: Open
War Branch Trail links to the Appalachian Trail via the War Spur Loop Trail. War Branch Trail branches off from the northern section of the War Spur Loop about a quarter mile from the loop trailhead. From there, it is an easy 1.2 mile hike to the Appalachian Trail. Once at the junction with the Appalachian Trail, hikers can turn left and travel 3.6 miles to the Wind Rock overlook.
Trail Open To:
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. 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:||No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.|
|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|
From Blacksburg, VA: Follow US 460 west for 6.5 miles. Turn right on Mountain Lake Road (State Route 700). Travel 3.5 miles past Mountain Lake Hotel. War Spur Trailhead is on the right. War Branch veers off from the War Spur Loop.
- Trail Length: 1.20 miles
- Trail Difficulty: Easy
- Connecting Trails: Appalachian Trail (Forest Trail #1); War Spur Loop Trail (Forest Trail #68)
- Elevation: 3700 - 3800 feet
- Trail Access Points: LAT 37.3932 LONG -80.5039
- Trail Map: It is recommended that all trail users always carry a reliable map. This trail is shown on the Interactive Visitor Map and the National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #787 and #788. Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.
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