Road To Joy
If you’re looking to truly get away, one of the world’s best road trips is waiting on the serene Blue Ridge Parkway. There are no noisy billboards to detract from this meandering, 469-mile highway.
Rather, you’ll experience a quiet escape in the stoic Blue Ridge Mountains, featuring more than 50 waterfalls and 200 incredible overlooks (the views that really count). The Blue Ridge Parkway has been the most visited unit of the U.S. National Park System for 70 of the past 74 years, and with good reason. Authentic Southern cuisine and epic mountain hikes reside way down yonder. Shhh. Don’t let the whole world know.
Named for the Parkway’s first resident landscape architect and planner, Abbott Lake is located behind Peaks of Otter Lodge and features a loop trail, a historic cabin and a living farm.
Flat Top Mountain Trail
The tallest of the three Peaks of Otter, the trail to the top is lined with lush poplar trees and beautiful wildflowers.
Sharp Top Mountain
This rocky trail has been popular with hikers for hundreds of years. At about three miles roundtrip, the panoramic views are well worth the steep climb.
Apple Orchard Mountain
There may not be any apples on this trail, but the endpoint – Apple Orchard Falls – more than makes up for it.
National D-Day Memorial
Honoring one of the most pivotal battles of World War II, the National D-Day Memorial pays tribute to those who died on June 6, 1944.
Thomas Jefferson’s 4,819-acre plantation and private retreat, including an octagonal home, gives visitors a glimpse into history.
Get up close and personal with the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway.
Take in the sights (there’s so many) of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Visit Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one highway you won’t mind being on for 450+ miles. Located at Milepost 86, north of Roanoke in Bedford, Virginia, Peaks of Otter Lodge is a great home base for your Blue Ridge getaway.