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

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,030 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

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Forest

River

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Over grown

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Note: Users have reported that a section of this trail is now closed due to a nearby shooting range.

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Reviews (36)
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Ann-Marie K.
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The shooting range interrupting the loop trail was a real bummer.

Gayle Lincoln
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Trails need a lot of attention, be sure to wear long pants!!!

Brody Johnson
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Good views and some pretty country. Hard to stay on trail although we did the loop as mapped here. Very overgrown but not super difficult to find the trail. Easy walking except for the high grass where this trail doesn’t seem to get much travel. If you have any questions feel free to message me on IG Mountaineer97

Autumn Goebel
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The view makes it completely worth it, the trails on here are over grown but very easy hikes!

Richard Blythe
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The western side of the loop heads up the old golf course road. The golf course has been converted into a shooting range and the walk leading there is average at best. The counter clockwise eastern side of the loop however offers a pretty good out and back walk of around 4.5 miles. Head out along the Indian trail through some overgrown but spectacular rhododendron forest, then up the hill to the tree top park, a short section of road and then you are into the trail proper. This trail is marked but not well trafficked I would recommend using GPS and downloading the map. The GPS marked trail is very accurate, more accurate than the road/trail makings on the map. The trail heads out through open forest and descends into a nice creek, then it is a short climb to White Pine Road, turn right and follow the road along looking for a red marker track off to the left, if you get to the lodge gate you have gone 300ft too far, beyond this point is a very nice open forest walk past giant boulders, when you get to the seat and shooting range sign turn around and follow the same path back.

Gill Eastwood
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The trail has changed and there is now a shooting range preventing access to the western part. Check an alternative route first!

Sarah Rushing
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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.

Jenny Orr
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Great payoff for a short hike! Spectacular views!

Somer Goff
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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.

Ava Schwarz
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Hiking

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!

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

Medha Satyal
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Hiking

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

Melissa Clingan
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Hiking

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.

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

Darrin Slusher
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Nice View ,pretty easy hike.

Erik McCarthy
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Hiking

Watch the sunrise and played around on rock outcroppings.

Rachel Atkins
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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.

Dave Craft
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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.

Vincent Snell
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Barb Collins
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Bob Devereaux
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Adam Paine
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Kim Taylor
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Chasity Harmon
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Bob Devereaux
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Doniel Kaye
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Marty Heid
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Ava Schwarz
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