Mountain Lake Wilderness

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Mountain Lake Wilderness

Mountain Lake Wilderness Professional Review and Guide

"Hear a name like Mountain Lake Wilderness, and thoughts of Caribbean-blue lakes and tall peaks might pop into mind. In fact, Virginia’s only true mountain lake sits outside this, the largest of all Virginia wilderness areas. And most of your climbing is done in the car getting here.

Which is just fine, really, because this saves your breath for exploring upland bogs on Lone Pine Peak, slabs of Tuscarora sandstone on Salt Pond Mountain, and a red spruce glade on Potts Mountain. Trails through Mountain Lake Wilderness are well marked and maintained (the Appalachian Trail is the most-
traveled route)."

Mountain Lake Wilderness Reviews

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I did this hike as an overnight loop starting late one afternoon and hiking only the short distance to the first overlook before camping. Due to a map reading error, I ended up hiking the 2 mile lower War Spur loop trail and then getting back in the car and driving to the upper parking lot to do an in and out hike to the white rocks overlook on Potts Mountain trail. (rather than hiking up the war spur connector trail which is called War Spur Branch Trail on the sign) Both of these hikes were very nice with a good amount of wildlife - warblers, chipmunks, other birds. A word of warning - the guide on this trail suggests that you might park a second car at the upper parking lot in order to shuttle and avoid hiking the last two miles on the road. However, this road is gravel, riddled with pot holes, and was completely impassable when I tried to drive up it due to erosion. I would not recommend driving past the first lot! The road is also littered with an unfortunate amount of trash. Other than that, the wilderness was beautiful and the views were great.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
Year round; hunting season busiest from November through January
Additional Use
Eastern Divide Ranger District, Blacksburg (540) 552-4641
Local Contacts
USGS Waitesville, Interior
Local Maps

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Jul 2018