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part ofBlue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


The Peaks of Otter Campground is nestled between the bases of two dominating mountains in the rolling hills of Virginia.

Natural Features:

Three mountain peaks sit atop a thick blanket of forest along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, making up the Peaks of Otter-- a recreational oasis spanning acres upon acres of rolling landscape.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic byway that follows the high crests of the central and southern Appalachians for 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.


The 24-acre Abbott Lake is one of the biggest attractions the Peaks of Otter Park has to offer. The lake is well-stocked with small mouth bass and bluegill. A crystal-clear mountain stream also winds through the campground and picnic area, creating a tranquil backdrop for your camping trip.

Numerous hiking opportunities range from demanding, scaling the area's high mountain peaks, to the moderate short, flat trail around Abbott Lake. Hikers are likely to stumble upon one of the mountain meadows, filled with wildflowers and migrating butterflies in the spring and a fantastic assortment of colors in the fall.

Abundant wildlife like deer and wild turkey are spotted daily at the Peaks of Otter Campground, and many rare species of birds reside or migrate along the mountain ranges. Summer interpretive programs are provided for visitors to learn about the wildlife as well as the history of the area.


Campsites are shaded under an umbrella of thick trees, and provide campers with tables, campfire rings and grills. The site also offers modern conveniences like flush toilets, drinking water and a dump station.

Nearby Attractions:

The Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant are located within walking distance of the campground, offering a country store and gift shop.

Also located a short walk away is The Johnson Farm, an old mountain farmstead that has been restored and preserved to look as it did in the mid-1800s. Another historic structure, Aunt Polly's Ordinary, has also been restored and sits on the northeastern shore of Abbott Lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Lake Access
  • Trails
  • Water Spigot
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Amphitheater
  • Fishing
  • Interpretive Center
  • Paved Roads
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Due to the presence of invasive insects, firewood from outside the local area is not allowed.
  • No showers, electric or water hookups are available
  • Some campsites at this facility are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • First-come, first-serve sites may be available
  • Six visitors are allowed per campsite

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.44315, -79.60471
37°26'35"N, 79°36'17"W

From Roanoke, Virginia, take the Blue Ridge Parkway north for 26 miles to Milepost 86.

From Bedford, Virginia, follow Route 43 to Blue Ridge Parkway; the campground is on the left before reaching the Parkway.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

10454 Peaks Road
Bedford  VA  24523

Phone Number:

Project Office: (540)586-7321
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