Milepost 86 off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Known for its exceptional hiking trails that challenge fitness enthusiasts. The adjacent overnight lodge is known for its food buffets and lake rimmed mountain views. For those visitors who enjoy fishing, Abbott Lake contains catfish, smallmouth bass, golden shiners, sunfish, and blue gill. To protect against the introduction of non-native species in the lake, you may only fish with artificial lures. The Parkway monitors the fish habitat in the lake to help insure the health of all species and to maintain a healthy catch and release fishery.Virginia State fishing licenses, Bedford County licenses, or short-term permits are required for all Virginia residents between ages 16-65. Non-residents over 12 years of age must have a license (the Parkway honors North Carolina licenses, as long as the license holder fishes ON PARKWAY LAND).Swimming, wading, boating and ice-skating are not permitted in/on Abbott Lake.