Mountain Lake Trails Loop is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pembroke, VA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Bald Knob hike is short (0.5 miles) but extremely steep with an average incline of about 14%. There is a fire road that also goes to the top and that is about a mile long. While it is a difficult hike, it is well worth the effort as the view is fantastic. The trailhead starts on the property of Mountain Lake Lodge, making it easily accessible.
The Indian Trail is 1.4 miles and circles around the edge of the lake. The trail is covered by rhododendron bushes and lots of foliage. It is not a difficult hike but can be slick due from mud or moss. The trail doesn't offer any views but is pretty itself.
We did the BEAR CLIFFS trail starting from Mtn. Lake Hotel. It was about two miles round trip w/ the first .5 mile ascending up a steep rocky terrain. The rest was on the ridge of the mountain so it was fairly easy.
The cliffs were fun to explore.