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Mountain Lake Lodge, and Pembroke Virginia area.

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Mountain Lake Lodge near Blacksburg or Pembroke Virginia: History, biology and Dirty Dancing. Buckle up folks, here's a whimsical jaunt down memory lane!

Mountain Lake Lodge, is a beloved gem nestled near Blacksburg Virginia. It has a story as rich and thrilling as the panoramic vistas it offers. Our journey begins in the 1800s, when it was simply known as Salt Pond, a natural treasure brimming with potential. It wasn't until 1936 that the resort as we know it was born, christened as 'Mountain Lake Hotel'. The magic truly rolled in with the 20th century, as the hotel transformed from a quiet mountain retreat into a raging hotspot for passionate nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike!

Now, let's leap into the 80s. Mountain Lake Lodge shimmied its way into the spotlight, featuring as Kellerman's Resort in the iconic movie, Dirty Dancing. Almost overnight, the resort transformed into a pop culture sensation. Visitors flooded in, eager to recreate the steamy dance sequences and passionate romances woven into the fabric of this magical place. Embracing its newfound fame, the resort continues to offer Dirty Dancing-themed weekends filled with dance lessons, movie screenings, and watermelon tossing.

Today, Mountain Lake Lodge stands as an exquisite blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, ever ready to enchant its visitors with its unique charm and unforgettable experiences. Its journey from a serene salt pond to a vibrant cultural icon, and even a cinematic superstar, is a tale as captivating as the resort itself. So, come and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry that is the history of Mountain Lake Lodge!

As you step into the world of Mountain Lake Resort, be prepared for the drive up the mountain. I did it, so that proves it is not terrible. But you go way up a curvy mountain road. I videoed the drive up and back so you can watch the videos here.

You will be dazzled by the breathtaking array of natural attractions that make this place a true paradise for nature lovers! Stroll down our nature trails, and you may spot a deer prancing in the undergrowth, or hear the sweet trill of a bird hidden among the leafy canopy. Step into our beautiful gardens, bursting with vibrant blooms and plants that paint a dazzling tapestry of color against the clear mountain air. Whether it's the gentle whisper of the wind through the pines, or the grandeur of the panoramic vistas from the mountain's peak, Mountain Lake Lodge is a symphony of natural wonder that will touch your heart and soothe your senses.

Mountain Lake Lodge, a creation of nature's artistic hand, owes its unique allure to fascinating geological factors. Nestled in the heart of mountains formed by centuries of tectonic movements, the resort is a treasure trove of geological wonders. The lake itself, was once a silvery mirror reflecting the sky, owed its existence to glacial action during the last Ice Age. As glaciers sculpted the landscape, they left behind a basin that was filled with crystal-clear mountain runoff, but now it is basically nonexistent. There are other geological factors at play here. Since the 1990's the lake started losing water, then at one point was completely dry. A few years ago, it started gaining water again, but it is definitely not the lake it once was during the filming of the water lift scene in Dirty Dancing.

But don't let that dampen your spirits! This mystery only adds to the resort's charm as scientists, geologists, and curious minds flock to uncover this geological conundrum. Is it an underground channel that's been awakened, a seismic shift, or perhaps the earth playing a magic trick? While they work to solve this enigma, you're invited to join the adventure. Who knows, you might stumble upon clues that lead us to answers. Strap on your explorer's hat, grab your magnifying glass, and let's unravel the mystery of the disappearing water together! There are theories that are saying that the water goes underground and enters into a neighboring creek that flows into the Cascades waterfall, The Cascades is a nearby attraction. But scientists believe that this is a natural cause, and the lake will refill, we are just at a time in the history of the lake, that is considered to be a low point.

The Cascades
The Cascades

The Cascades in Pembroke Virginia is a must see while in this area, it is a hike, but worth it. Just 10 minutes away in Pembroke, Virginia. Pay attention to the last half of the video and I will point out where to take a right to see the Cascades. This is a 66-Foot-tall waterfall, and if you walk up the trail above and behind the waterfall you will find another waterfall. The hike can be rough as it is a 4-mile hike round trip, and it is considered moderate. There is a gravel road to the left of the hiking trail that can be taken, it's just an uphill climb, but technically wheelchair safe. and wide, just an uphill climb. Parking costs $3.00

Clover Hollow Bridge
Clover Hollow Bridge

Just a stone's throw away from our marvelous Mountain Lake Lodge, you'll discover a hidden world of rustic charm—the covered bridges of the region! These charming structures, artfully crafted from timber and stone, are a delightful nod to our historical past. Whisking you away on a journey through time, each bridge tells a story of the pioneering spirit that built these lands. As you walk across creaky wooden planks and under sturdy beams, you can almost hear the clip-clop of horses' hooves and the rumble of vintage wagons. There are 4 in the area, one even near the bottom of Mountain Lake Road, it's called Link Farm Covered Bridge., you will see it as you drive up to Mountain Lake Lodge. The best covered bridge is just up route 460 a few minutes, towards Newport Virginia. (You can take route 604/601 near Link Farm Covered Bridge), It's just a curvy old windy road. Route 460 East to route 42, then turn on 601 for 1 minute or 2. This is called Clover Hollow Covered Bridge. Clover Hollow Covered Bridge has had lots of work done to it, and the work was partly sponsored by Virginia Tech and the community of Newprt Virginia, which is not far away. was These covered bridges go across Sinking Creek. Could this be where the Mountain Lake disappears into????? Sinking Creek??? Makes you wonder.

On the trail to Cascades Waterfall
On the trail to Cascades Waterfall

Adjacent to what was known as the lake area, the forests sprung from fertile soil enriched by volcanic ash from eruptions eons ago, allowing diverse flora and fauna to flourish. The intriguing rock formations scattered across the resort ground bear remarkable imprints of time, with layers showcasing millions of years of sediment deposition. You can even reach the Appalachian Trail from here.

Every stone, stream, and speck of dirt at Mountain Lake Lodge and area nearby tells a tale of the Earth's dynamic past, adding an extra layer of enchantment to your experience. I hope you have enjoyed my little blog post about this wonderful area. So, get out there, explore, and spend time in the Mountain Lake Lodge area.

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