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Ferns in spring
Bald Knob

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...

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

We have installed a box on the outside of the Trail Access 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 Outfitters shop or purchase on-line to receive your pass by mail.

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

Topographic, water-proof and rip-stop paper trail maps are available for purchase and included in all membership levels. 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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