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The Mountain Lake Conservancy in Pembroke manages 2,600 acres of mountainous terrain that encompasses a unique ecosystem due to an average elevation of more than 4,000 feet.

There are more than 20 miles of fern-lined trails on the property that are open to the public for biking year-round. The trails are home to the “Dirty Dawg MTB Race” and offer trail options for all experience levels and age ranges. Mountain bike rentals are available at Mountain Lake Hotel, located nearby.


  • 20 miles of trails available for hiking and biking and 11 total trails.
  • The Homestead Trail is the longest at 1.75 miles, and Middle Jungle Trail is the steepest with a grade of 24 percent.

Bike It, Hike It

  • There is a trail system map online that outlines the trails and starting points that they can access these from.
  • The multi-use trails vary in double to single track, smooth and rocky, and open to constrained.
  • Trail running is also available and encouraged.
  • Reservations for the lodge can be made online.


  • From Roanoke, take I-81S to exit 118 C in Christiansburg, where you will continue toward Blacksburg and merge onto US-460W for approximately 20 miles.
  • Turn right onto VA-700 for 6 miles and continue onto VA-613 for 300 feet, where you will ultimately turn onto Hotel Cir. And be right at your destination.
  • Parking is available at the Mountain Lake Hotel and Lodge.

Add-On Adventures

  • Float the New River in many different locations throughout the surrounding area and enjoy all that the New River Valley has to offer.
  • Mountain Lake is fairly secluded, but it is not too far away from Blacksburg and Virginia Tech, where you can tour the region’s largest university and catch a sports game for whatever teams are in season. You can also enjoy the local fare in Blacksburg and enjoy a beer at a brewery in town.
  • Check out Beliveau Estate Winery, located between Salem and Blacksburg, for a glass of wine in season, or to take a bottle home for later.

Nearby Breweries

  • Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill Expand Collapse

    Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill is a locally-owned brewpub with both an upscale dining room and a separate sports bar with a casual dining area. The brewpub is located in “First and Main” in Blacksburg on South Main Street. Fresh lager and ale is handcrafted and served on site and the brewery is visible through glass walls throughout the restaurant.

  • Rising Silo Farm Brewery Expand Collapse

    The brewery is currently operating with a 3-barrel brewing system on site at the farm. Each batch is crafted with great care and attentiveness. The tasting room is open for various events throughout the week.

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