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Last Tuesday I was lucky to get to go on a second PE field trip, this time with the 8th graders. I asked an 8th grade teacher who is not so athletic if he wanted to switch spots for the day and he couldn’t say, “Yes!”, fast enough! We both were happy – I got to hike with my students from last year and he got to stay in the air conditioned building for the day.
This hike starts near the Peaks of Otter Lodge on Milepost 86 of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I took the photo below from the back of the bus as we drove home to show where we hiked, all the way to the tip top peak of the mountain below. The Otter River runs through Bedford County in this area. Can you see now why this area is called The Peaks of Otter?
The mountain top is quite rocky. The boys enjoyed climbing all over the rocks and scaring me half to death. There’s a small stone house at the top of the mountain and I don’t know it’ original purpose.
The Peaks of Otter Lodge is beside the lake you see below. If you drive the Parkway, stop here to eat. They have awesome fried chicken! The parkway is the road you can see snaking through the mountain. I am so lucky to leave close enough to this area to enjoy it whenever I want.
I’ve hiked Sharp Top many times but hiking with the boys was my favorite trip. They were so proud when they made it to the top! I’m hoping that I’ll have a standing invitation to go on this trip with the 8th graders every year.