FAQ Is this trail known by any other names? Perfect for a half day hike, with views of the surrounding more prominent mountains. There are lots of switch backs on this part of the trail with the final leg being quite straight to the Parking area. This loop offers venues that are all within sight of the Peaks of Otter, named for the three peaks at the headwaters of the Big Otter River. A gain of just under 1000 feet from the parking lot makes it a decent hike still, and it's not for the faint of heart even if it is the smallest! We started the sharp top hike around 10:50 and it was quite solitary. Abbot Lake was drained in … From the Spur Trail take a left onto the Flat Top Trail and retrace your steps to return to the Visitor Center. Hiking Peaks of Otter has some of the most popular hiking trails in Virginia! This would be a great place to spend the weekend either at the Lodge or the nearby Campground. I took my time, stopped every 30-40 feet and totally enjoyed every moment. 540.463.5375 bcchamber@cablenet-va.net, Bedford City & Couty Dept. Beautiful. The trail is un-blazed but is well worn. Nice hike, good workout, and less crowded than neighboring Sharp Top. 877.453.9822 There is a parking lot on the eastern side and you will see a brown sign denoting the beginning of the Flat Top trail. The length of the trail is 10.2 miles (16.4 km) or 22,660 steps.. How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail (Section 74)?. View Map > Visit Website > View Details > Elk Run Loop Trail. It's a pretty view, but there are better payoffs that aren't as crowded and don't have any stairs. Take plenty of water and some light weight snacks. Bedford, Virginia --Five men of the armed forces, four lieutenants and one corporal, met instant death Tuesday night a little before 10 o'clock when a twin-engined army plane crashed into the Peaks of Otter on the southwest slope of … Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. We did this as a sunrise hike this morning--what a great hike! Visit Website > View Details > Falling Creek Park. lmeriwether@lynchburgchamber.org, Lexington-Rockbridge County Chamber of Comerce Blue Ridge Parkway – Peaks of Otter Trails. chamber@lexroclchamber.com, Lexington-Rockbridge County Visitor Center The park also conducts various wildlife and outdoor programs throughout the tourist season. T he Johnson Farm, accessible by trail from the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, is the one remaining property from the community that existed around this vacation resort prior to the building of the Blue Ridge Parkway.. This link has additional information about the Peaks of Otter area and about halfway down has an interesting story about a WW2 B25 Mitchell Bomber that crashed into Sharp Top Mountain in 1943. This is a steep and strenuous route and should be attempted only by those in good health. The start of this trail begins around mile marker 83.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, north of the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Sharp Top is very popular and can get quite crowded due to its’ proximity to the Lodge and the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). Tough workout with great payoffs on both mountains. 85554 Blue Ridge Parkway. This adds an extra .6-mile, round trip, to the hike. I saw them mentioned in the review, but I thought there were just a few. Total distance was about 11.3 miles with an elevation gain of over 3000 feet. To save time and effort, park at the lower lot (near the road) of the Peaks of Otter Lodge, which is just a half mile north of the Visitor Center. In another 0.6 miles you will come to the spur trail on the right for the Flat Top peak and some great views towards Bedford and the Bedford reservoir. 2-ENGINED BOMBER HITS SIDE OF PEAKS. I was very mistaken. View Details. The trailhead is located to the right of the building. The summit offers an impressive 360-degree view of the Peaks of Otter area, The Piedmont to the East, and the Shenandoah Valley with the Allegheny Valley Mountains to the west. The views at the top of Sharp Top and Flat Top are unbelievable. He showed us a small plastic container behind a tree and under a rock behind the Polly Woods cabin to record our information and leave a message for others. 540.586.9401 Continue on the trail ignoring the next intersection, bear to the right at the next one heading across the earthen dam of Abbot Lake. The trail for Sharp Top said strenuous and it was definitely difficult. Might be closed more going forward so check Parkway website for info. Cathy standing by the remains of one of the engines. Gorgeous views of the Peaks of Otter and great hike to the top. I live close-by and head over to the Peaks whenever I fancy a quick workout. While you can hike to the farm from the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, it is a.3-mile walk (.6-mile round trip) just to get to the start of the trail. I will certainly return for the other two peaks and farmer family remnants. A very little bit of ice along the way with the major challenge simply being exposure at the top. He said that if we go to the Buzzards Roost trail, just a few feet inside the beginning of the spur to the left there was a little deer trail and if you follow it, you will find the plane wreckage from a B-25. Starting in the 1800s, the surrounding community opened their homes and lodges to guests hoping to relax and rejuvenate in the mountains. Be sure to wear the proper footwear, ankle support will be a must because the trail is mixed with not so bad areas, and, some somewhat challenging spots to test your agility and stamina. Below: The trailhead sign; The Sharp Top bus takes riders close to the summit and is a great option for those not physically able to do the full hike; The trail starts off smooth and gentle – things soon change! Go early to avoid the weekend crush of college kids. bccoc@rbnet.com, Greater Lynchburg Convention & Visitors Bureau 434.845.5966 If you dislike stairs and want to see the view, take the bus from the lodge to the top (in season). 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