hiking
10 days ago

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.

walking
10 days ago

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.

53 year old, pack a day smoker. Very hard but doable if you go slow and rest. View at the top totally worth it.

walking
7 months ago

The Abbott Lake Loop Tail is a 1 mile loop around Abbott Lake. The trail is paved and flat.

hiking
2 years ago

I have long loved this series of trails for its variety of visual beauty and ease of access.

hiking
2 years ago