Hiking by the Cabin

Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking

Peaks of Otter has some of the most popular hiking trails, not only along the Parkway, but also in Virginia.

Sharp Top Trail
A strenuous 1.5-mile hike to the summit of Sharp Top that rewards hikers with a spectacular 360-degree view of the Peaks of Otter area.

Flat Top Trail
A strenuous 4.4-mile hike to the summit of Flat Top peak. In the spring, the thickets of mountain laurel make this an especially beautiful hike.

Harkening Hill Trail
A moderate 3.3-mile trail that leads to an elevation of 3,375 feet. Trail head begins at Peaks Visitor Center.

Johnson Farm Trail
A moderate 2.1-mile trail that leads to the Johnson Farm, which has been restored to represent regional life in the 1930s. Living history demonstrations are done seasonally.

Abbott Lake Trail
An easy 1-mile trail through woodland forests and an open field, looping around beautiful Abbott Lake.


There are even great opportunities to bring kids along, to get them unplugged from their electronics and plugged into nature!

The Peaks of Otter TRACK Trail follows the Abbott Lake Trail for an easy 1-mile loop around the lake, and then the Johnson Farm Trail for a 1.8-mile loop that passes through Johnson Farm - a mountain farmstead that exists today as it did in the 1850's. Each TRACK Trail features self-guided brochures and signs that turn your visit into a fun and exciting outdoors experience. Kids can even earn prizes for tracking their adventures through the Kids in Parks Program!

Related Activities

Peaks of Otter Sharp Top Shuttle

Sharp Top Shuttle

Enjoy a scenic shuttle ride to within 1,500 of Sharp Top summit!View Details
Sharp Top Mountain at Night from Peaks of Otter Lodge

Astronomy

Join NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern for engaging presentations about outer space!View Details
Peaks of Otter Live Band

Live Entertainment

Enjoy the varied instruments, styles, and sounds of live Blue Ridge Mountain music select weekends!View Details