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    Are the peaks of otter in a state park or national park?

    Evening everyone. Are the peaks of otter in a state park or national park? I have heard that if you are not careful, you can cross lines from national to state without knowing. With that in mind, has anyone had problems oc there? I read that national parks follow state laws, just wanted to make sure.

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    Without doing some investigating I'm not sure. CC and OC are no longer prohibited in National Parks or State Parks so if the only option is one of the two it doesn't much matter. The state and national forest part is where I have to keep looking it up.
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    One of the websites returned by Google says Peaks of Otter is one of four campgrounds on the Blue Ridge Parkway. At the bottom of the website is a reference to "nps", as in perhaps National Park Service.

    Here's the link: http://www.virginia.org/site/descrip...p?attrid=12893

    Here's one from that page: http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

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    Thanks Citizen. I was thinking it was a national park but wanted to verify that cc or oc was legal there.

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    Peaks of Otter are National Park Service lands, however it is surrounded by Jefferson National Forest. I have never found a really good map of the dividing lines. I have hiked in the area and been told I was in the National Forest sometime and not even having gone far, but in another spot I went a long way and never left the National Park.

    Telephone Numbers for Peaks of Otter: Visitor Center & Ranger Station -- 540 586 4357
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    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Quote Originally Posted by nuc65 View Post
    Peaks of Otter are National Park Service lands, however it is surrounded by Jefferson National Forest. I have never found a really good map of the dividing lines. I have hiked in the area and been told I was in the National Forest sometime and not even having gone far, but in another spot I went a long way and never left the National Park.
    Yes, the Peaks of Otter is National Park Service (NPS) lands, and part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is mostly a narrow easement that runs the length of the parkway, from Afton Mtn in Virginia, over 400 miles south to Ashville, NC. Periodically, the parkway NPS lands broadens to include additional recreational areas, such as the scenic Peaks of Otter. Most of the trails around the peaks are within NPS boundaries.

    If you really want to get an idea of the boundaries between national park and national forest, you will need to get a USGS topo map. The boundaries are well marked on the topo maps, and typically, the park service maintains good boundary markings along their property lines.

    Hope that helps..

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