Peaks of Otter - Hiking

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Nestled in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, the Peaks of Otter offer unparalleled hiking experiences amidst breathtaking scenery. From the challenging ascent of Sharp Top Trail to the leisurely loops of Flat Top Trail and the serene pathways of Harkening Hill Trail, there's something for every hiker here. Sharp Top Trail, known for its panoramic summit views, is a favorite among adventurers. Meanwhile, Flat Top Trail offers a longer, scenic loop around Sharp Top Mountain. Families and casual hikers can enjoy the tranquil beauty of Harkening Hill Trail, meandering through lush forests and along Abbott Lake's shores. Experience the region's rich biodiversity as you spot native flora and fauna along the way. Whether you seek a challenging trek or a peaceful escape, the Peaks of Otter promise unforgettable adventures amid nature's splendor. Plan your next outdoor excursion to this cherished Appalachian destination. Lace up your hiking boots, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and embark on a journey of discovery at Peaks of Otter near Roanoke, VA.
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  • Directions: The Peaks of Otter Visitor Center is located at Milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Additional Information: There are multiple hiking trails, including the popular trails to the summits to Sharp Top Mountain and Flat Top Mountain. These beautiful trails offer challenging hikes and gorgeous 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

    For more information about specific trails:

    There are opportunities for fishing in nearby Abbott Lake.

    The trails of the Peaks of Otter are located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is occasionally closed during inclement weather.
  • Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
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  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Hiking, Fishing
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open