Otter Creek Trail is 3.5 miles long. It follows the Parkway and creek from the Otter Creek Campground to the James River Visitor Center. I completed the scenic 0.9 mile Otter Lake Loop section. I also completed two trails at the visitor center. The 0.4 mile Trail of Trees has signs that identify many of the trees and shrubs of the river valley. It also has a wonderful view of the unique James River water gap. The 0.4 mile Canal Lock Trail crosses the James River on a walkway beneath the bridge. It is then a short distance to the restored Battery Creek Lock, one of nearly 100 locks that made this canal a major transportation corridor before the Civil War.
It gets four stars for the setting...a mile long paved walk around a picturesque lake with beautiful views of Sharp Top and Flat Top Mountains. There is also a nice restaurant to enhance the experience, as well as a lodge to make it easy to get to all the wonderful trails in the area.