Grandin Road, VA
Explorer | 30 pts
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.