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Monroe, Virginia Map
2 months ago

Cross an arm of the lake on rocks, climb up a couple steep areas but other than that - pretty easy. We are seniors and had no problem with this trail.

Very strenuous, but totally beautiful trail! Stunning mountain ridge view overlooking the river valley! Definitely do out and back and stay on the main trail

Great loop around the lake. Beautiful views. It made for a great run connected with otter creek trail.

enjoyed this hike...nice views from little rocky row!...gets a tad difficult up top...nice river walk too!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

I'd rate it closer to easy.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Great easy trail to hike with children. We were looking for a simple trail with hopes of some wildlife for our 4 year old. We loved crossing the creek and the little streams along the trail. Took us about 45 min with a child. Tons of butterflies spotted. If you are traveling the parkway this makes a great stop.

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beautiful fall colors drive in October 2015.

the first part of the trail is easy. the second part of the trail the last mile from the top or so is quite difficult. this Trail is rated as moderate, but some of it is difficult.

Wonderful Trail. Not McAfee but a beautiful view from the top.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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 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.

This is a great part of the Parkway with many wonderful destinations (including the visitor center area along the James River, Apple Orchard Mountain which is the highest point on the Parkway in Virginia, Peaks of Otter with Sharp Top and Flat Top Mountains, and a ridgeline section north of Roanoke with amazing views in both directions).

We hiked to the first overlook, about 3.7 miles and it was definitely worth the hike. The view is gorgeous and you can see miles and miles of mountains. You could even see where we started from. I highly recommend it to anyone. Don't let the steeper climb near the end stop you. :)

We hiked as a 10+ mile put and back (as a recommendation from another hiker). Great trail and the views are beautiful from the top. A great reward after the 21 switchbacks to get to the top.

Monday, September 19, 2016

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

Monday, July 07, 2014

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

Some of my best memories are in these beautiful mountains. This ride was no exception.

A beautiful ride! I never tire of the scenery. Some day I hope to backpack the whole length of the Blue Ridge.

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Sunday, July 06, 2014