Mountain Lake Trails Loop is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pembroke, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,036 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Most of these reviews seem to be talking about Bald Knob, which isn't actually included on this listing/map. Bald Knob is great - see the separate listing for that hike. As far as this loop, I'm not convinced that it really exists anymore. We followed the map for about a mile when we started seeing signs that said "Keep Out - Shooting Range." It was ambiguous as to whether they were talking about the road or the surrounding field, so we walked for another half mile to an old cabin with a nice overlook. There was a friendly worker there, but when we asked him whether it was safe to continue on our loop, he didn't know of any trails in the direction we were heading. As we would have been headed directly to a shooting platform, we decided to turn around. We tried a couple of the intersecting trails on the way back (Jungle Trail & Upper Doe Run), but they were overgrown and not easy to follow. I did notice some blue blazes on trees which made me wonder if this area might get more traffic in the winter from snowshoers and cross-country skiers. The area is pretty, but this particular loop wasn't possible to follow.

hiking
3 months ago

Great payoff for a short hike! Spectacular views!

hiking
4 months ago

Bald Knob is 1/2 mike hike but is very steep. Gorgeous views at the top!!! We saw Lady Slippers and Jack-In-The-Pulpit on this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

A fun loop trail that isn't too strenuous. Make sure to explore Mountain Lake and the little museum they have for when Dirty Dancing was filmed there! Another note, no matter how nice it is out, it is always SO WINDY at bald knob so be prepared with a wind breaker or gloves and a well secured hat even on a nice spring or fall day!

hiking
6 months ago

Forgot to add! Make sure you do bald knob while your there. Short hike with great views but very very steep and rough terrain

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike!! Had a few nice views!! Had a couple steep long hikes. Some trees down that blocked some of the markers butt all and all it was cool to get off track a little and explore. Entrance was a little hard to find but we got there.

hiking
10 months ago

The Bald Knob trail is short, but steep. Great views at the top!

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11 months ago

Only did the Indian Trail and the foliage was very dense. Not difficult, but only brief views and lots of blackberry bushes that were crowding out parts of the trail.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hiked to Wind Rock with the family, 4 yr old included. Easy and fun hike with amazing views.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nice View ,pretty easy hike.

hiking
Thursday, February 02, 2017

Watch the sunrise and played around on rock outcroppings.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, March 27, 2015

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.

hiking
2 months ago

recorded OK? 7878

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

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Saturday, October 18, 2014