Carole and I have always enjoyed our stays at the lodge. It was sad to see it close its doors, and I really do wish that the Park Service would stop leasing these properties to concessionaires and just run them as part of the Park Service with Park employees. That way, we wouldn't have to see the kind of situation that we witnessed with the Peaks of Otter Lodge last year.
The last time we stayed there it was in the winter. The weather that weekend was cold with alternating rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow...you name it. I had a great time hiking the mountains and wandering around looking for waterfalls while Carole relaxed at the lodge.
It will be good to get back there again some time.
|Rear of the lodge and the edge of the lake.|
|The view of one of the three "Peaks of Otter". They are Sharp Top, Flat Top, and Harkening Hill. Two of them (Sharp Top and Flat Top are over 4,000 feet in elevation. All are fun to hike and I've done the trio.|
|The upper reaches of Sharp Top coated in ice and sleet.|
|Here I was at the nearby Apple Orchard Falls. Well worth the drop into the gorge and the steep climb back to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just a short distance from the lodge.|