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

Bedford, Virginia

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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.

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

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bedford
Distance: 0.8-3.9 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Local Maps: 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
Driving Directions: Directions to Johnson Farm, Harkening Hill, and Elk Run Loop Trails (Milepost 85.9)

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