A visit to the 3,875 foot summit of Sharp Top Mountain at the Peaks of Otter provides one of the most breathtaking views you’ll find anywhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 360-degree view features the Peaks of Otter Lodge and Abbott Lake at the base of the mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway winding its way through the area, and scenic mountains on the horizon.
It’s a strenuous 3.5 mile round-trip hike to the summit, but there are multiple overlooks along the way to catch your breath. The Peaks of Otter Lodge also offers a seasonal shuttle that brings visitors within 1,500 feet of the top of the mountain. The view from Sharp Top Mountain is also featured in the image at the top of this article.