By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach) Peaks of Otter Recreation Area is an extremely popular destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Peaks of Otter Lodge (MP 85.4) ****Johnson Farm Trail and ***Abbott Lake Loop Trail. The Peaks of Otter is formed by the triangulation of three mountains: Sharp Top Mountain, with a summit of 3875 feet; Flat Top Mountain, whose peak is at 4001 feet; and Harkening Hill, whose apex reaches 3372 feet. Peaks of Otter Hiking Trails (MP 85.9) Trailhead or access point to a dozen hiking trails. The trailhead for this hike is at the same parking area for the Flat Top Trail. Flat Top is a lovely trail full of wonderful views, large rock formations, and flora that changes with each turn, including huge oak, poplar, hickory, and beech trees, mountain laurel, rhododendron, and an assortment of wildflowers. Peaks of Otter has some of the most popular hiking trails in Virginia! Distance Flat Top features a classic Virginia 5.2-mile round trip (out and back) hike at the Peaks of Otter. Flat Top Trail and access to ****Fallingwater Cascades Trail. Passing the crowded parking lot at the trail head, we were forced to park at the nearby Cascade lot thus extending the … Important! Hike Abstract Location: Flat Top Mountain Overlook, Peaks of Otter Recreation Area, VA Distance from Hubs: Raleigh (161 miles – 3 hours and 6 min) Greensboro (125 miles – 2 hours and 23 min) Roanoke (32 miles – 55 min) Trail Access: From Bedford, VA follow VA-43 north for 10.3 mi. From the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, travel north up the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 3 miles, where you will come to small parking area. The Peaks of Otter are three mountain peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the town of Bedford, Virginia, which lies nine miles (14 km) to the southeast along State Route 43.These peaks are Sharp Top, Flat Top, and Harkening Hill.. Manmade Abbott Lake lies in the valley between the three peaks, behind the Peaks of Otter Lodge and restaurant. Famous naturalists and such notable historic figures as Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee wrote about or visited the Peaks of Otter during their lives. Compared to Sharp Top and other trails in the Peaks of Otter Recreational Area, this trail … Flat Top Mountain is the highest of the three major peaks in the Peaks of Otter Recreation Area along the Blue Ridge Parkway. You don't need to be an avid hiker to see the beautiful views at Sharp Top Mountain. You can hike Flat Top from the Peaks of Otter Park or you can do as we did and access the trail head from a parking lot in the northeastern end of the park. Nestled between these mountains is Abbott Lake. Peaks of Otter Picnic Area (MP 85.9) ***Abbott Lake Loop Trail and Flat Top Mountain Trail. Its nearby neighbor peak, Sharp Top, was once believed to be the highest mountain in Virginia, but is actually much the shorter of the two. Peaks of Otter Lodge 85554 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Bedford, VA 24523 . Ride our shuttle to the top and experience the scenic area. This strenuous, 4.4 mile National Recreational Trail travels from the Flat Top Parking Area located at milepost 83.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, over the summit of Flat Top to the Peaks of Otter Picnic Area. T he Peaks of Otter - Sharp Top, Flat Top, and Harkening Hill - have dominated the view in this region of Virginia for centuries, first attracting the attention of Native Americans who saw the area as a rich hunting ground. View Details. Sharp Top Mountain and Flat Top Mountain guard the central Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia like sentinels rising from the valleys around Roanoke and Lynchburg.