Great hiking for two of us with bad knees. We were able to easily make the whole hike. The spring is about 2 weeks behind the rest of the new river valley and the birds seri ayes us until the heavens opened and the rain came down. I would like to go back to explore the stream more. So serene.
Getting to this trailhead is difficult if you are using the other "War Spur Trail" description on AllTrails. This page has the correct coordinates and the Forest Service link below has the correct driving directions.
A nice trail loop! Nice vista of a valley, and gorgeous fern forest. Feels very ancient.
From the Forest Service website:
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.
Nice little trail, easy for the family, but I would recommend early spring, late fall/winter. We ran into a good-sized aggressive rattler at the overlook, which I understand is fairly common. It is not a well-worn trail so that's going to happen in the summer.
Great little loop trail. Takes you through a hemlock stand and rhododendron grove. I've led groups of all ages and there are plenty of things to see no matter what the age. Water features along the path and wildlife to be seen. I enjoy the overlook and from there you can see more Eastern Hemlock damage. There are also geocaches along the path. The Forest Service maintains the trail nicely and it's a great afternoon stroll through the woods!
This trail goes from Pandapas Pond to a service road near Long Shop and is part of the Jefferson National Forest. In total, round trip it's 14.2 miles. It is used for hiking and mt. biking. It is a pretty easy hike with some slow inclines. If you are starting from the service road there is rarely anyone on this trail. There are places to park along the road. The trail can get overgrown in the raining summer months. Overall, I enjoy taking my dogs and hiking this trail.