Peaks of Otter Campground - MP 85.6
Behind the Peaks of Otter Lodge is Abbott Lake, named for Stanley William Abbott, the Parkway’s first resident landscape architect and planner. The 24-acre lake features a one-mile loop trail, and is stocked with smallmouth bass, catfish, golden shiners, sunfish, and blue gill. Fishing is permitted with the appropriate license.
Reservations can be made for portions of this campground online at www.RECREATION.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
The visitor center offers restrooms, water, and an amphitheater. It is open May through October. Postcards, books, and other items reflecting nature and local-interest themes are sold here, and the center features an exhibit on wildflowers, birds, and animals of the Blue Ridge. Bus rides to within 1,500 feet of the Sharp Top summit are available at a station not far from the visitor center. Sharp Top is historically significant as it marked the northern most boundary of the Cherokee Nation. This area includes a 62-table picnic area, camp store, and 141-site campground, which features 53 RV/Trailer sites.
Area hikes include: Sharp Top, Elk Run, Harkening Hill and Johnson Farm Trails.
Historic buildings include: Johnson Farm and Polly Woods Ordinary.