Guide To The Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Trails In Virginia Ii

Continued from part one

MP 47.5 Indian Gap Trail is​ a​ brief, moderately challenging hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that leads to​ the wondrous formation known as​ Indian Rocks. The .3 mile trail offers a​ beautiful display of​ Virginia rhododendron in​ season.

MP 55.2 White Oak Flats is​ an​ easy trail great for a​ short stretch. The .1 mile trail winds through the white oak forest near Dancing Creek.

MP 60.8 Otter Creek Trail is​ a​ moderate 3.5 mile hike that can be accessed from the Otter Creek campground and makes a​ perfect day hike near refreshing Otter Creek. Don’t forget your Coleman insulated sports canteen!

MP 63.1 Otter Lake Trail is​ a​ moderate, .8 mile walk around Otter Lake. The trail winds through the shady forest and offers various fishing points for trout fishermen.

MP 63.6 James River Trail is​ a​ short (.2 mile) self-guiding trail that offers an​ easy walk to​ the restored canal locks once used in​ the mid 1800’s to​ ease transportation on the river.

MP 63.6 Trail of​ Trees Trail is​ a​ moderate, half-mile self-guiding trail that leads to​ an​ overlook of​ the James River.

MP 74.7 Thunder Ridge Trail is​ an​ easy tenth-mile loop that offers a​ tremendous view of​ Arnold Valley with the Alleghany Mountains in​ the distance.

MP 78.4 Apple Orchard Falls Trail is​ a​ 1.2 mile National Recreation Trail. The strenuous hike begins in​ sunny Sunset Field and leads to​ a​ breathtaking view of​ Apple Orchards Falls.

MP 79.7 Onion Mountain Loop Trail is​ an​ easy tenth-mile loop that showcases the gorgeous rhododendron and mountain laurel that are in​ full bloom in​ early June.

MP 83.1 Fallingwater Cascades Trail is​ a​ 1.6 mile National Recreation Trail. This moderately challenging hike loops through the mountain forests, passing beautiful rhododendron, and offers a​ spectacular view of​ Fallingwater Cascades.

MP 83.5 Flat Top Trail is​ a​ moderate to​ strenuous 4.4 mile hike that leads to​ Peaks picnic area, 4001 feet above sea level.

MP 83.5 Cross Rock Trail is​ a​ short (tenth mile) and moderate hike accessed from Flat Top Trail that examines the distinctive rock formations in​ the area.

MP 85.7 Abbot Lake Trail is​ an​ easy mile long hike around peaceful Abbot Lake.

MP 85.9 Elk Run Trail is​ an​ easy .8 mile self-guiding loop trail. This trail can be accessed from the Peaks of​ Otter visitor center and displays the beautiful flora of​ the Virginia mountains.

MP 85.9 Johnson Farm Loop Trail is​ a​ moderately challenging 2.1 mile hike that winds by a​ restored mountain farm.

MP 85.9 Harkening Hills Trail also begins at​ the Peaks of​ Otter visitor center. This moderate 3.3 mile hike leads to​ Harkening Hill at​ 3300 feet, one of​ the three mountains that make up Peaks of​ Otter.

MP 85.9 Balance Rock is​ a​ moderate tenth-mile hike that leads off Harkening Hills Trail and showcases more of​ the interesting rock formations along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

MP 86.0 Sharp Top Trail begins at​ the Peaks of​ Otter camp store and is​ a​ challenging 1.5 mile hike to​ the top of​ Sharp Top Mountain. The 3875 feet summit offers a​ panoramic view of​ the landscape.

MP 86.0 Sharp Top Summit Loop Trail is​ a​ half mile portion of​ Sharp Top Trail that can be accessed by bus during prime season. This scenic hike is​ also strenuous.

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