MP 85.9, Johnson Farm Loop

Johnson Farm Trail is a loop trail, approximately two miles long, which follows a section of the Harkening Hill Trail. Beginning at the north end of the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center parking area, the trail leads 1.1 miles to the Johnson Farm, originally built in the 1850s.

Like many mountain homes, this one was improved a number of times over the years. 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.

Living history demonstrations are presented on a seasonal basis and provide insight into community life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 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.

Allow two to three hours for a leisurely visit.


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