Peaks of Otter
Scenics views and a famous rustic Lodge
The Peaks of Otter is named for the three mountain peaks positioned together in a triangle pattern in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Resting right in the center of this triangle is a beautiful mountain lake. These three mountains are Flat Top Mountain, Sharp Top Mountain and Harkening Hill and the manmade lake is Abbott Lake. The Peaks of Otter Wilderness Recreational Area is maintained by the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Wildlife in the area consists of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, red fox, black bears and rare species of birds that migrate along the Blue Ridge Parkway range.
The area is mostly old growth hard wood forest. Mixed in are a few mountain meadows with wild flowers and migrating butterflies. Winding all through the area is a mountain stream with cold crystal-clear water.