Flat Top and Sharp Top are two of the most popular hikes at the Peaks of Otter along the Blue Ridge Parkway. While Sharp Top attracts the most foot-traffic, Flat Top is little more secluded and will likely have fewer hikers. Flat Top’s summit also offers a variety of rock formations, which can offer some fun climbing and exploring. Caution: Rocks can be slippery when wet. Both hikes can be done separately or successional for a 9.8-mile adventure or incredible 360-degree views at the two summits.
Flat Top features a classic Virginia 5.2-mile round trip (out and back) hike at the Peaks of Otter. 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.
From Roanoke – Take the Blue Ridge Parkway and use the exit at milepost 86 to arrive at the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Parking Lot.
Located in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia at the foot of the Peaks of Otter, the winery of the same name features fruit of the farm wines.
Although Peaks of Otter grows many fruits for the wine, apples are the main crop. Apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, and pears are used to make wine, cider, and butters. These “grandma’s style” wines are excellent with snacks, as an after dinner wine or just sipping.
The winery is open daily from April through December and on weekends January through March.
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