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A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other, a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. Protecting a diversity of plants and animals, the Parkway meanders for 469 miles, providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special.
If you do the get directions option, it takes you to Peaks of Otter lodge, which is not the exact start of the trail, but it's close. I uploaded a picture to help.
The trail is easy to follow and not marked until you reach the summit. We went in mid February so there were no leaves, but the views were good, and the trail was not hard. No crazy incline, about 1.8-2.0 miles to the summit. There were some good places to have fun and climb rocks.
As a Liberty Alumni, this a staple for Virginians. The hike is relatively short, but challenging. Trail is well maintained; it is even paved near the top. Plenty of good peekaboo views to encourage you along the way and for breaks. Not to mention the 360º views from the top are as good as it gets in the Apps. You can see for miles across plains to east and rolling mountains to the west. Sunrise hikes are also spectacular here, just bring proper lighting (and you will likely avoid the crowds).
Fisher Farm is great. There's something for everybody. 1) There are paths through a large field that are great for families and dogs. They also have lots of 'nature stations' for identifying plants and wildlife.
2) There are several miles of mountain biking trails that are well marked and good for beginners.. These trails are also open to hikers just beware of the cyclists. Technically hikers have the right of way on shared paths but it's much easier for hikers to step aside than bikers to stop.
3) Finally, there is a hiking trail intended solely for hikers.
There's nothing flashy about Fisher Farm, but I'm grateful it's well cared for and available
I think this "trail" refers to the paved path going around the golf course. I was unable to find parking and ultimately dissapointed to realize this was basically a golf cart path. I'm giving it 2 stars under the unlikely assumption that there is parking allowed somewhere and that the golf course/surrounding neighborhoods want others to enjoy their space. That would be a great revelation for those looking for a leisurely, paved stroll near the water
Nice trial. Relatively easy hike for adults and children alike. If you have younger children, be aware that there are some narrow parts of the trail that have steep drop offs. My six year old wanted to hold my hand out of fear on those parts.