MP 86, Sharp Top Trail

Sharp Top Trail, 1.6 miles to the summit, is the most popular trail at the Peaks of Otter, originating at the Nature Center across the Parkway from the Visitor Center. This is a steep and strenuous route and should be attempted only by those in good health. There is no drinking water available on the summit, so carry plenty with you. The summit offers an impressive 360-degree view of the Peaks of Otter area, the Piedmont to the east, and the Shenandoah Valley with the Allegheny mountains to the west. Allow two hours for hiking up and one hour for hiking down. Add an extra half-hour for the spur trail to Buzzard?s Roost, a series of large rock formations offering different views of the area.

Concession-operated bus service (one-way or round trip) to within one quarter mile of the top is available seasonally departing from Peaks of Otter Nature Center (the old camp store) from the foot of Sharp Top. Sharp Top Bus Service (bus trips on the hour) - June 1 - October 28, Wednesday-Sunday only, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Please note that hiking along the bus road is prohibited.


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