This hike uses the famed Appalachian Trail (AT) to escort you up to Bluff Mountain, a somber yet scintillating place. Here lies a memorial to Ottie Powell, an area lad lost in the woods. His body was found here, astride the very peak of Bluff Mountain. The story of his disappearance and subsequent discovery has become legend.
Hikers who overnight at the nearby Punchbowl Mountain trail shelter swear the ghost of young Ottie has come to visit them. Today, you can leave the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the AT, pass the Punchbowl shelter, and walk on up to Bluff Mountain to see the wonderful panoramas and the memorial to Ottie. After that, decide for yourself if the ghost of Ottie Powell haunts these heights.
Natural Bridge Station, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8