Blue Ridge Parkway Activities
See the wildlife, hundreds of plant species and the historic vestiges of a previous century’s residents.
Hike the six trails surrounding the Peaks of Otter Lodge.
Explore Polly Wood’s “Ordinary,” a cabin that served as the first lodging for travelers starting in the early 1830s.
Visit Johnson Farm. The Johnson family lived at and worked the property from 1852 into the 1930s. The National Park Service has restored the farm to represent a typical Blue Ridge Mountain home of the 1920s/1930s. The farm will be open Wednesday through Sundays beginning May 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Costumed interpreters work the farm and offer discussions and programs daily during the operating season (the farm is closed during the winter months).
Include a stop at the Visitor Center at Milepost 86 on the Parkway, an environmental education center, and an amphitheater.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway, hikers can gain access to the Appalachian Trail at Bearwallow Gap, five miles south of the Peaks of Otter on State Road 43. Access is also available at the Cornelius Creek Shelter, five miles north of the Peaks at Milepost 80.5.