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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.

Highlights

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Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 am

WazUpWidis-Urban Race and Stair Challenge

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 13, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 9:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, February 16, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00 am

Orienteering Treasure Hunt

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 2:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, February 23, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:00 am
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, February 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Western North Carolina's Largest Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, camping and the Mount Pisgah Inn make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain and thousands of surrounding acres was originally purchased by indust
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  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
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