Vacation spot Trip: Peaks of Otter, VA

Bedford County, Va. (WFXR) — Spanning the southern and central Appalachians is the Blue Ridge Nationwide Parkway, the place guests will discover gorgeous views and numerous important pure sources.

Amongst these pure sources are the Peaks of Otter, a bunch of sister mountains and space that has attracted folks to the area for greater than eight,000 years and in the present day, a spot the place many can get away for mountain climbing, nature, romance, and solitude.


Interpretive Park Ranger, Richard Nash fortunately cruises down the parkway throughout on-season in order that he can educate guests in regards to the Peaks of Otter.

“It’s nearly religious once you’re coming down the parkway and also you’re every little thing. You concentrate on your home on the earth, , right here I’m, how fortunate am I to get to see this each day, to see these mountains.”

Richard Nash, Interpretive Park Ranger


Nash says the Peaks of Otter consists of three mountains, Sharp Prime, Flat Prime, and Harkening Hill. Of the three, Sharp Prime is probably the most visited and has even been a vacation spot for the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee.

At three,875 ft in elevation, Sharp Prime was lengthy believed to be the tallest mountain in Virginia. Nonetheless, Flat Prime is taller with an elevation of four,004 ft and Harkening Hill rises to three,375 ft. All the paths on the three mountains are a steep and strenuous hike to the highest, starting from 1.5 miles to three.three miles. The views are rewarding.

Common Supervisor of Peaks of Otter Lodge, Jean Howell has guests coated as soon as they attain decrease elevation.


“Once they’re finished mountain climbing, they’ll come into our lounge for a calming cocktail, take heed to some dwell music. In our eating room, our chef does some nice specialty dinners.”

Jean Howell, Common Supervisor of Peaks of Otter Lodge,

Howell says many come to the Peaks of Otter Lodge to unplug and loosen up. One can definitely see why with the serene Abbot Lake within the lodge’s yard. A paved walkway across the lake is wheelchair accessible. Many take pleasure in fishing on the lake or just taking it in from one of many lodge’s cozy Adirondack chairs.


Tracy Reines visiting from New York Metropolis did simply that. She says everybody’s on the lookout for a little bit of a break and area and has actually loved her keep.

“It’s a beautiful spot. You don’t really feel such as you’re leaving the Parkway to go to a different resort offsite. They’ve been dealing with every little thing fantastically, it’s very well taken care of. I simply obtained some espresso upstairs, I’m having fun with this unbelievable view proper exterior of my porch and I form of don’t wanna depart. I’ve an extended drive to go, however I form of don’t need to depart, it’s incredible it’s beautiful.

Tracy Reines, visiting Peaks of Otter


Many really feel the identical approach as Reines. Whether or not visiting for the primary time or typically. The Peaks of Otter is a spot to be.

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