The Peaks of Otter are three mountain peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the town of Bedford, Virginia, nine miles (14 km) to the northeast along State Route 43. These peaks are
Manmade Abbott Lake lies in the valley between the three peaks, behind the Peaks of Otter Lodge and restaurant. The National Park Service preserves the peaks and lake as part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "the mountains of the Blue Ridge, and of these the Peaks of Otter, are thought to be of a greater height, measured from their base, than any others in our country, and perhaps in North America." Of course this later turned out not to be the case, but not before Virginia had sent stones from the peaks to be its part of the Washington Monument.
By elevation Peaks of Otter is
# 89 out of 170 in Blue Ridge Parkway # 4 out of 77 in Bedford County # 4 out of 91 in Botetourt County # 69 out of 320 in Jefferson National Forest
By prominence Peaks of Otter is
# 3 out of 170 in Blue Ridge Parkway # 25 out of 2569 in Virginia # 3 out of 77 in Bedford County # 3 out of 91 in Botetourt County # 8 out of 320 in Jefferson National Forest # 55 out of 6326 in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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