War Spur Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 498 feet Route Type: Loop

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Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. The spur takes you to a nice overlook of a tree-filled valley, awesome colors in the fall.

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1 month ago

Currently closed due to COVID-19.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Gorgeous view. Pretty easy hike although the trail isn’t marked so you do feel like you get turned around. There are some trees down that you have to climb over. But it’s worth it

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

Great for beginners or those who are in the process of building strength. Also nice if you want a hike that doesn’t take up the whole day. Be sure to wear pants to protect your legs as you walk through long stretches of ferns that grow over the train. Pretty view at the lookout.

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11 months ago

Quite overgrown. Still some downed trees, as others have mentioned. I opted to take the right trail as an out and back, rather than take the loop (the left trail seemed even more overgrown). I was the only person on the trail when I was there this afternoon. Mostly downhill on the way out, which means uphill on the way back, but the grade is gentle. Definitely not difficult. It's a gravel road to the trailhead, but there will be a pullout spot on the right (when coming from Mountain Lake) to park. There is a sign with more information at the trailhead. View from the overlook is nice.

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Sun Apr 07 2019

Very nice beginner trail if taking the right route opposed to the left. The left is a little more challenging and wouldn’t recommend taking small children or elderly. Lots of downed trees made path a little hard for a double jogging stroller. The left path is also NOT recommended for strollers of any kind. Definitely a beautiful view at the overlook. Will be doing this one again when tress are in bloom. Only 4 stars because of all the downed trees. Strongly suggest child carriers instead of stroller. Haha. Right path tends to be muddy in spots.

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Fri Jan 04 2019

Simple hike with a calming stream and some steep incline switch backs and finished by a nice outlook view. Certainly more exciting hikes in the area but this is a nice change of pace in a beautiful area. Lightly trafficked.

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Tue Apr 10 2018

3.5 stars , did this after cascades was about whooped nice though

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Tue Nov 21 2017

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.

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Fri Nov 03 2017

The overlook off the ledge has a great view.

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Tue Sep 26 2017

Great views!!

Tue Jul 25 2017

overgrown trail but cool overlook at least

Sun Aug 21 2016

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

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Sat Jun 25 2016

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

Sat 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.

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Mon Sep 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.

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Mon Jul 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.

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Mon Feb 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!

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Tue Jun 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.

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Thu Dec 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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