War Spur Trail

EASY 19 reviews

War Spur Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pembroke, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.6 miles
498 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

over grown

The spur takes you to a nice overlook of a tree-filled valley, awesome colors in the fall.

5 months ago

decent hike. It's definitely lightly trafficked since we were the only ones on the trail. It was much easier than most hikes I've been on and I did it only stopping twice recovering from an injury and wearing a knee brace. definitely kid friendly. You do pass a lot of private property on the way there but don't worry its back there.

6 months ago

The overlook off the ledge has a great view.

7 months ago

Great views!!

9 months ago

overgrown trail but cool overlook at least

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

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.

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.

Monday, February 09, 2015

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!

trail running
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This is a great trail for hiking or trail running as long as you are cautious when navigating the trail. The overlook is about 1.3 miles out, and it provides a nice view.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Nice little loop up at Mountain Lake. Not a ton of elevation gain, takes you out to a nice overlook. Trail is pretty easy to follow and well maintained.

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