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Spectacular Overlooks

Bald Knob:
Views southwest of New River Valley
Low technical difficulty, steady fire road hike

Bear Cliffs:
Technically difficult, rewarding views of eastward of Blacksburg and Roanoke.

Old Club House:
Gentle hike across old golf course, views from southward facing cliffs toward Radford

Wind Rock:
Hike part of the AT, amazing views north and west into West Virginia. Click here for trail information.

War Spur:
An popular loop hike with stunning northeastern views. Click here for trail information.

Butt Mountain Overlook:
Easy access from road, nice views towards Angel's Rest and Pearisburg

Barney's Wall:
Take the Conservancy Trail down from Butt Mountain Road for a vertigo inducing overlook. Click here for trail information.

Come by the Conservancy Visitor's Center for more info and directions or call 540.626.7121 x444.

Click for Trail Map (pdf)


Recreation: Hiking

2,600 acres waiting for you to explore...

NOTICE: The Mountain Lake Conservancy participates in the DMAP, or Deer Management Assistance Program, with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. A small number of employees are allowed permission and access to hunt deer on MLC property. Hunting does not take place on the trails but in the surrounding forest. Similar to National Forest lands, the MLC trail system will remain open during the 2012-2013 fall and winter deer hunting season; all hunters are aware and cautious of trail system users, however we advise the following precautions while hiking on MLC trails:

Wear blaze orange or other bright colored apparel. Blaze orange vests and hats are available to rent from the MLC and recreation office. Please give us a call at 540-626-7121 x422 and x405 to coordinate. Stay on trails please!

Deer hunting season begins with bow season on Saturday, October 6, 2012, and ends Saturday, January 5, 2013. No hunting will take place on MLC land during November 21-25 and December 21-26. Hunting is not permitted on Sunday.

Trail Access
Year-round parking for hikers is now available at our new Trail Access parking lot, 9/10ths of a mile past the Mountain Lake Hotel entrance on your right. There you will find a new kiosk with a trail map and other information.

We have installed a box on the outside of the kiosk where you can obtain your daily parking pass for $5.00 per vehicle. We encourage you to fill out your contact information if you are interested in receiving email updates from the MLC.

If you are a frequent trail user, you may want to consider another option. You may purchase a yearly Trail Access Pass for $20 from the MLC Visitor's Center. They can be mailed to your address upon request.

Interested in becoming a member? Our 'Trail Lover' membership includes it all!

Our brand new custom trail maps are now available at the Conservancy office next to the hotel, East Coasters Bike Shop in Blacksburg & Roanoke, Run About Sports, Backcountry Ski and Sports, Tangent Outdoors and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports at First and Main. These 1:24,000 scale, shaded USGS topo maps have all of our trails precisely GPS traced in custom colors and include difficulty and length.

Please read our visitor use policies before planning your trip to Mountain Lake.

Wind Rocks


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