Blueridge Photo Tour: Continued.
This beautiful spot is Abbot Lake. Located at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, it is one of the most peaceful bucolic areas that I enjoy. The Lodge is open all year long, and open for a very comfortable stay. The food at the Lodge is excellent. You must try their fried green tomatoes. Sundays feature a seafood buffet that many of the locals from the area are in the habit of visiting. Besides having such scenic views this is one of the best spots to see deer on the Parkway. They will walk right up to you.
A seasonal campground is near by, and primative free camping is near by in the National forest.
Not far from Abbot Lake is Orchard Mountain. Trails from the scenic overlook lead you into the Thomas Jefferson National Forest. In a quiet, but strenuous walk you can find the Orchard Mountain Falls, this is just one small scene found on the way.
Thunder ridge Overlook is several miles north of Orchard Mountain. It is an amazing spot with a rock and stone built overlook that is less than a quarter mile from were you park. The Westward view is amazing and constantly changing. I have walked up on deer there. And one time when I was sitting quietly a bear walked right behind me. I was at the moment to spooked to get his picture.
This little wayside is found deep in the George Washington National Forest. I found this when traveling down Petties gap and taking a short road trip west of the mountains.
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