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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by rockinrog, Oct 14, 2010.
That's a pro-quality photograph, amigo. Well done.
Thank you my friend.
Another plus of stopping at the park was a talk with the lady at the visitors center about the closed camping area and the parkway in general. As a bonus she gave me a Butler map.
I started watch vlogs on youtube last year of people hiking the Appalachian trail..maybe someday
I camped at Peaks of Otter and walked over to the lodge for supper. The times they are a changin, I guess
Abbott lake at Peaks of Otter.
You should hike up "Sharp Top" Mountain there in the pic. Beautiful views and an old stone cabin up there. If you are not into hiking there is(or used to be) a bus you can take up most the way.
I got married at The Peaks many years ago. Hiked Sharptop the morning of our wedding. Did it again a few years back and surprisingly the trail has become much steeper or maybe it's that I'm carrying a lot more weight up the hill.
Sharp Top is a good hike, but Flat Top across Rt43 there is considerably harder, especially going up from the picnic area side. If you go up the Parkway and take the trail from the other side, there are more switchbacks, making it a little easier. I remember chatting with a young lady at the camp store there, and she said going up the back side of Flat Top was the hardest hike she had ever done.
I did Flat Top last year from the Parkway side. A lot less foot traffic than Sharp Top. I've always wanted to do a combo Parkway/day hike trip but I always come back to the fact that I enjoy hiking much more with my dog.
Be careful when riding through the Peaks area as the deer have little fear.