Hike the War Spur Loop

Virginia War Spur Trailhead

Added by Jacob Sells

An easy hike with an awesome view in the Mountain Lake Wilderness.

This is an awesome hike to do with limited time. It only took about 2 hours total with time to chill at the overlook. There's a map at the beginning of the trailhead which also shows how to connect over to the Appalachian Trail via the War Spur Connector Trail if you have more time in your day.

From Rt 460, take Mountain Lake road for 7 miles to The Mountain Lake Lodge. Continue past the lodge another 3 miles to the pull-off on the right where the War Spur trailhead starts. The 3 mile section of road past the lodge turns to a gravel/dirt road that had many potholes and eroded sections to be aware of if you have a small car. Certain areas might be a problem. Parking's limited to about half a dozen cars or so.

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Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



2.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

300 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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7 months ago

Nice hike

This is a nice hike, but the views aren't so great. Best to go in winter when leaves aren't on the trees. It is nice, however, when the mountain laurel are in bloom. Could be combined with the Wind Rock hike if you take the spur trail to the Appalachian Trail.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Nice easy hike

The hike is an easy one, the loop is short and not steep at all. The view, while not as great as some, is still a beautiful sight. A nice and easy half day hike.

7 months ago

Added by Jacob Sells

Catch me somewhere between Hokie Nation and the 607.

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