Johnson Farm, Harkening Hill, and Elk Run Loop Trails Milepost 859

Bedford, Virginia 24523

Johnson Farm, Harkening Hill, and Elk Run Loop Trails Milepost 859

Johnson Farm, Harkening Hill, and Elk Run Loop Trails (Milepost 85.9) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"These scenic, short-to-moderate–length, interpretive trails impart a real sense of how Southern Appalachian mountaineers lived. A 3.9-mile outer loop of the Johnson Farm and Harkening Hill Trails rolls the human and natural history of the area into one wonderful walk.

The Harkening Hill, Johnson Farm, and Elk Run Interpretive Loop Trails are interconnected, which creates an interesting situation: You can be on a section of two different hikes at once. All hikes are best started from the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center. Together or separately, they offer insight into the lifestyle of Southern Appalachian mountaineers. By the 1930s, a community of more than twenty self-reliant families populated this high valley under Sharp Top, including
the last of the Johnson family, for whom the Johnson Farm Trail is named."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Five-Star Trails: Roanoke and the New River Valley, Virginia (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hike at the Peaks of Otter area of the Blue Ridge Parkway o?ers three distinct pleasures. The Harkening Hill Trail takes you ?rst 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-re?ected vistas of the surrounding mountains." Read more
Hiking through History Virginia (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"Situated in the scenic Peaks of Otter area along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike visits a long-lived homestead and then circles around a lake built as part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Start your hike at the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center, 2,500 feet high, then cruise rich woods. Join the Johnson Farm Loop, where you skirt a mountainside then reach the farm, located in a high mountain flat. See the preserved homestead as well as outbuildings, and perhaps the furnished inside when open for interpretation. The hike then circles Abbott Lake, rimmed by the Peaks of Otter and a park lodge. Before finishing, stop by a preserved log structure from the 1830s." Read more

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Trail Information

Bedford
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
0.8-3.9 miles
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
USGS Peaks of Otter; Parkway map available at visitor center (in season), lodge, and other Parkway facilities and online at nps.gov/blri/planyour-visit/peaks-otter-trails.htm
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Dec 2018