Blue Ridge Parkway Directory and Travel Planner 2012 : Page 31

63.7 US 501 Crossover West to Natural Bridge 15 miles. East to Lynchburg 22 miles. Alt. 670. -IL EPOST “Discover History, Natural Beauty, Arts and Culture in Every Direction!” Lynchburg offers Six Historic Districts and many historical, cultural, and natural attractions located near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Specialty shopping, antiques, fine restaurants, and more than 2,200 guest rooms, including Bed & Breakfasts. Stop by our Visitor Information Center located at 12th & Church Streets. www.DiscoverLynchburg.org g E-mail: tourism@lynchburgchamber. org. (800) 732-5821 or (434) 847-1811 . LYNCHBURG, , VA P E A K KS O OF O T T E ER Visitors to the Peaks of Otter gain a sense of both the his-tory of community and the history of tourism in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The community had its beginning in 1766 when Thomas Wood settled here from Pennsylvania. By the mid 1800s, there were twenty families, a school, and a church inte-grated into the business of tourism, providing food and labor for a large resort hotel. Polly Woods’ early tavern or “ordinary” provided the basic necessities for travelers as early as 1840 and is preserved at the Peaks of Otter as well. Visitors will get a sense that many of the things attracting them to the Peaks of Otter today have attracted visitors for centuries. Prominent historical figures have visited or written about the Peaks of Otter, signifying its importance as a natural landmark in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The Johnson Farm provides opportunities for insight into community life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth cen-turies, with hands on living history demonstrations that convey a sense of visiting an occupied family home. The farmhouse is perhaps the Parkway’s best example of a log cabin home that was enlarged successively, clap boarded and otherwise modified to reflect the evolution and development of Appalachian homes. The Johnson farm represents what may be thought of as “middle class” life in the mountains, providing a significant contrast to log homes selectively preserved by Parkway planners, and breaking down the stereotypes often associated with mountain residents. Natural history also abounds at the Peaks of Otter, an area that is representative of the hardwood forests common along the mid range elevations of the Parkway. The area is also home to rare plants and animal species and an extensive trail system offers visitors access to these areas. A hike to the top of Sharp Top, one of the three “peaks”, is a long standing tradition dating back over a century. Overnight lodging and food service makes the Peaks especially attractive. What attracts visitors today, abundant wildlife, the high mountains, cool summer temperatures, and diversity of natural resources, have made the Peaks of Otter a hunting destination for humans for 10,000 years and a destination for travelers for centu-ries. Newly developed exhibits in the visitor center convey this in more detail. 74.7 76.5 83.4 Thunder Ridge Parking Area . Ten minute loop trail to superb view of Arnold’s Valley. Alt. 3,485. High Point on the Parkway in Virginia . Apple Orchard Mountain. (El. 4,229.) Alt. 3,950. Fallingwater Cascades National Scenic Trail. Divided into two sections or may be hiked as one continuous loop. Fallingwater Cascades section is a 1.5 mile loop of moderate hiking. Flat Top section is more strenuous, 2.5 miles to summit and 4.4 mi. to Peaks Picnic Area on VA 43. of Otter Area , 5,000 acres. Three Peaks-84-87 Peaks Sharp Top [El 3,875], Flat Top [El. 4,004], and Harkening Hill [El. 3,364]. Visitor Center, self-guided trail, historic farm interpretive programs. Picnic area, campground, restrooms. “Where our Nation Reunited” ... featuring civil war sites, beautiful architecture, antiquing, outdoor recreation, and so much more. www.tourappomattox.com. (877) BLU-GREY. APPOMATTOX, , VA Exit via VA 43 at the Peaks of Otter and take a peek at Bedford’s orchards, potteries, country inns, arts, & shops. The Welcome Center is located at 816 Burks Hill Rd. (Hwy 460 & 122 -near the D-Day Memorial), Bedford, VA 24523 www.visitbedford.com (877) HI-PEAKS or (540) 587-5681. BEDFORD, , VA Sharp Top Mountain | Peaks of Otter 31

Lynchburg, VA

<b><i>“Discover History, Natural Beauty, Arts and Culture in Every Direction!” Lynchburg offers Six Historic Districts and many historical, cultural, and natural attractions located near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Specialty shopping, antiques, fine restaurants, and more than 2,200 guest rooms, including Bed & Breakfasts. Stop by our Visitor Information Center located at 12th & Church Streets. www.DiscoverLynchburg.org E-mail: tourism@lynchburgchamber.org. (800) 732-5821 or (434) 847-1811.</b</i><br /> <br /> <b>74.7 Thunder Ridge Parking Area.</b> Ten minute loop trail to superb view of Arnold’s Valley. Alt. 3,485.<br /> <br /> <b>76.5 High Point on the Parkway in Virginia.</b> Apple Orchard Mountain. (El. 4,229.) Alt. 3,950.<br /> <br /> <b>83.4 Fallingwater Cascades National Scenic Trail.</b> Divided into two sections or may be hiked as one continuous loop. Fallingwater Cascades section is a 1.5 mile loop of moderate hiking. Flat Top section is more strenuous, 2.5 miles to summit and 4.4 mi. to Peaks Picnic Area on VA 43.<br /> <br /> <b>84-87 Peaks of Otter Area,</b> 5,000 acres. Three Peaks- Sharp Top [El 3,875], Flat Top [El. 4,004], and Harkening Hill [El. 3,364]. Visitor Center, self-guided trail, historic farm interpretive programs. Picnic area, campground, restrooms.<br />

Appomattox, VA

<b><i>“Where our Nation Reunited” ... featuring civil war sites, beautiful architecture, antiquing, outdoor recreation, and so much more. www.tourappomattox.com. (877) BLU-GREY.</i><br />

Bedford, VA

<b><i>Exit via VA 43 at the Peaks of Otter and take a peek at Bedford’s orchards, potteries, country inns, arts, & shops. The Welcome Center is located at 816 Burks Hill Rd. (Hwy 460 & 122 - near the D-Day Memorial), Bedford, VA 24523 www.visitbedford.com (877) HI-PEAKS or (540) 587-5681.</i><br /> <br /> ATTRACTIONS<br /> <br /> Bedford Welcome Center</b> - 816 Burks Hill Road (Hwy 460 & 122 - near the D-Day Memorial), Bedford, VA 24523. Toll free 1-877-HI PEAKS, (540) 587-5681.<br /> <br /> <b>National D-Day Memorial</b> - 9 acre complex with English garden, landing scene, Victory Arch. Guided tours/school programs with reservation. Admission fee. <i>www.dday.org</i> (540) 586-DDAY.<br /> <br /> <b>Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards</b> - Seasonal or by appt. Free tours, tastings & animal visits. Farm vacation rental house. Website: <i>www.JohnsonsOrchards.com</i>. (540) 586-3707.<br /> <br /> <b>Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest</b> - Designed, built by Jefferson as his retreat. Open March 15 - December 15, 7 days a week. 10- 4. Restoration/archaeology in progress. Located near Lynchburg. <i>www.poplarforest.org</i>. Call (434) 525-1806.<br /> <br /> <b>FOOD, LODGING, & CAMPING</b><br /> <br /> <b>Days Inn of Bedford</b> - 921 Blue Ridge Ave. Bedford, VA. Beautiful views of the Peaks of Otter Mountains. 11 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. (540) 586-8286.<br /> <br /> <b>Loft on Lawyers Row </b>- 1840’s era. Centertown Bedford building accommodates family of 5. Period decor, cable/Wi-Fi, full kitchen, fireplace, pet friendly. <i>www.loftonlawyersrow.com</i>. (540) 874-4840.<br /> <br /> <b>Olde Liberty Station Restaurant</b> - Your ticket for casual dining. 12 mi. from MP 86; Open 11-10 M-Th, 11-11 Fri, Noon-11 Sat., 1st Class Dining in beautifully restored train station. Great prices. (540) 587-9377.<br /> <br /> <b>Otter’s Den B & B </b>- Circa 1797. Bedford’s oldest B&B. 43S, 2 mi from MP 86. Rustic, 23 acres, full breakfast, scenic 40 mi. views. <i>www.ottersden.net</i> (540) 586-2204.<br /> <br /> <b>Vanquility Acres Inn</b> - Rt 43S 8 mi. to Rt 838. 10 acre farm, beautiful views of Blue Ridge mountains, fishing, lake, AC, fireplaces, cable TV, WI, suites w/priv. baths, full breakfast. <i>www.vanquilityacresinn.com</i> (540) 587-9113.<br /> <br /> <b>Shopping & Miscellaneous</b><br /> <br /> <b>Bedford Hardware</b> - 126 S. Bridge St. Centertown Bedford. Authentic old hardware store - all you’d expect plus local art, knives, more! <i>www.bedfordhardwarestore.com</i> (540) 586-8811. <br /> <br /> <b>Gross’ Orchard & Apple Valley Homeplace</b> - Vacation home rental. Open year-round. $75 per couple per night. Mountain grown fruit & produce. Bedford, VA. Rt. 43 in Apple Valley. U- pick or U-select. Apple Festival 3rd Sat. in Oct. (540) 586-2436.<br /> <br /> <b>86</b> VA 43 East to Bedford 10 miles and Smith Mountain Lake via VA 43 and VA 122. <br /> <br /> <b>Peaks of Otter Lodge</b> - Motel and restaurant on the Parkway at Milepost 86. Open seasonally. Special buffets on Friday nights and Sundays. Rooms have two double beds, private bath and breathtaking views. Gift shops & country store open May-October. Write P.O. Box 489, Bedford, VA 24523 for information or reservations. <i>www.peaksofotter.com</i> (540) 586-1081.<br /> <br /> <b>90.9</b> Bearwallow Gap. VA 43, 4 miles to Buchanan. Alt. 2,258.<br /> <br />

Peaks Of Otter

Visitors to the Peaks of Otter gain a sense of both the history of community and the history of tourism in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The community had its beginning in 1766 when Thomas Wood settled here from Pennsylvania. By the mid 1800s, there were twenty families, a school, and a church integrated into the business of tourism, providing food and labor for a large resort hotel.<br /> <br /> Polly Woods’ early tavern or “ordinary” provided the basic necessities for travelers as early as 1840 and is preserved at the Peaks of Otter as well. Visitors will get a sense that many of the things attracting them to the Peaks of Otter today have attracted visitors for centuries. Prominent historical figures have visited or written about the Peaks of Otter, signifying its importance as a natural landmark in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.<br /> <br /> The Johnson Farm provides opportunities for insight into community life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with hands on living history demonstrations that convey a sense of visiting an occupied family home. The farmhouse is perhaps the Parkway’s best example of a log cabin home that was enlarged successively, clap boarded and otherwise modified to reflect the evolution and development of Appalachian homes. The Johnson farm represents what may be thought of as “middle class” life in the mountains, providing a significant contrast to log homes selectively preserved by Parkway planners, and breaking down the stereotypes often associated with mountain residents.<br /> <br /> Natural history also abounds at the Peaks of Otter, an area that is representative of the hardwood forests common along the mid range elevations of the Parkway. The area is also home to rare plants and animal species and an extensive trail system offers visitors access to these areas. A hike to the top of Sharp Top, one of the three “peaks”, is a long standing tradition dating back over a century. Overnight lodging and food service makes the Peaks especially attractive.<br /> <br /> What attracts visitors today, abundant wildlife, the high mountains, cool summer temperatures, and diversity of natural resources, have made the Peaks of Otter a hunting destination for humans for 10,000 years and a destination for travelers for centuries. Newly developed exhibits in the visitor center convey this in more detail. <br />

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