overgrown trail but cool overlook at least

3 months ago

5 months ago

Nice for an easy stroll in the woods (as long as you don't mind sharing with horses and bikes). Beautiful trees and streams.

7 months ago

9 months ago

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beautiful scenery & the trail was fairly easy. Loved it!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Awesome short hike! Go out on a clear night for some truly stunning stargazing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

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.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Monday, September 28, 2015

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.

Monday, July 13, 2015

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.