Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

Abbott Lake

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.

Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson’s 4,819-acre plantation and private retreat, including an octagonal home, gives visitors a glimpse into history.

Popular Activities

Get up close and personal with the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway.

Two visitors hiking along the shore of Abbott Lake near Peaks of Otter Lodge


Stretch your legs or climb to the top – the Blue Ridge Parkway has hiking trails for every level.

Two guests hiking near a historic cabin on the Blue Ridge Parkway


Meander through the quiet Blue Ridge Parkway, filled with mountains, waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife and incredible views.

A starry night sky on the Blue Ridge Parkway


Away from the bright lights of the city, you can really appreciate the night skies at the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A visitor birdwatching with binoculars at Peaks of Otter Lodge

Bird Watching

Birders will find northern and southern species among the 250 different types of birds.

Explore Lodging

Enjoy quality Blue Ridge Parkway lodging at Peaks of Otter Lodge! With a full-service restaurant and lounge on-site and miles of trails nearby, Peaks of Otter offers the perfect way to unplug from the outside world.

Peaks of Otter Lodge guestroom on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Peaks of Otter Lodge

Located on the shore of Abbott Lake, Peaks of Otter Lodge provides visitors with comfortable overnight lodging with either 2 Double beds or 1 King bed. ADA accessible rooms and pet-friendly rooms are also available. Learn more.


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.