Johnson Farm via Harkening Hill

Bedford, Virginia

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This hike at the Peaks of Otter area of the Blue Ridge Parkway offers three distinct pleasures. The Harkening Hill Trail takes you first to a geologically entrancing mount with partial views and Balance Rock, then on to historic Johnson Farm, a preserved home replicating local life in the 1930s. Finally, take an easy stroll around Abbott Lake, soaking in water-reflected vistas of the surrounding mountains.
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by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This hike at the Peaks of Otter area of the Blue Ridge Parkway offers three distinct pleasures. The Harkening Hill Trail takes you first to a geologically entrancing mount with partial views and Balance Rock, then on to historic Johnson Farm, a preserved home replicating local life in the 1930s. Finally, take an easy stroll around Abbott Lake, soaking in water-reflected vistas of the surrounding mountains.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bedford
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,540 feet
Top Elevation: 3,364 feet
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway, 199 Hemphill Knob Road, Asheville, NC 28803; 828-298-0398; nps.gov/blri
Local Maps: National Geographic #789, Lexington/Blue Ridge Mountains; USGS Peaks of Otter
Driving Directions: Directions to Johnson Farm via Harkening Hill

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