Recreation: Mountain Biking
Trails for all levels of cyclists:
Smooth gravel trail rolls under giant hemlocks and yellow birch trees above the lake to the stables, ideal for beginners and kids
White Dot to Upper Doe Run
Gentle rolling jeep track climbs to the old golf course through shoulder high ferns under a canopy of semi-mature hardwoods
Expert level trail rocks and rolls across Salt Pond Ridge connecting to Bear Cliffs Trail
Lower Doe Run
Fast and twisting descent down to the Pond Drain winds around massive boulders
Click for Trail Map (pdf)
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.
The Mountain Lake Conservancy manages 2,600 acres of mountainous terrain that encompasses a very unique ecosystem due to an average elevation of over 4,000'. More than twenty miles of fern-lined trails on the property are now open to the public for biking year-round.
Please read our visitor use policies before planning your trip to Mountain Lake.
Due to this high elevation, these trails are a perfect place for mid-summer riding. Temperatures are typically 10-15 degrees cooler here than at nearby Pandapas Pond Recreation Area.
There are also over 35 miles of public fire road and jeep track accessible from the new trail access. Perfect for endurance training or long rides with friends, the jeep trails are rocky and can be technical with hard climbs and super fast, rocky descents. The Butt Mountain Loop is a local favorite!
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.
Our $5 parking fee is on the honor system. Please do your part to help us sustain and grow this unique trail area.
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!
These trails are home to the 'Dirty Dawg MTB Race', held in July. This is the sister race to the famous 'Rowdy Dawg MTB Race' held at nearby Pandapas Pond Recreation Area outside of Blacksburg and is on its way to becoming one of the region's favorite courses.
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.
Mountain Bike Rental Fees
Hotel Guests: Gary Fisher Hardtails - Free
Gary Fisher Full Suspension - $10/half day - $20 full day
Sign out at Conservancy Recreation Office
Non-Hotel Guests: Gary Fisher Hardtails - $20/half day - $40 full day
Gary Fisher Full Suspension - $30/half day - $50 full day
Sign out at Conservancy Recreation Office
Note to avid cyclists not bringing your own bike
We encourage you to bring your own clipless pedals, helmet, shoes and Camelback to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Don't forget to bring spare tubes and a working pump, pinchflats and thorns are popular.