View from Abbott Lake Recalls a Japanese Scene
The Symmetry of Sharp Top as seen from Abbott Lake...
“From Otter's summit, Virginia's loftiest peak, To crown a monument To Virginia's noblest son.” -- Inscription from the Virginia Stone in the Washington Monument.
...and her rugged summit call to mind Japan's Fuji.
The stone steps seem like something from Tolkein's stories.
Once thought to be the highest peak in Virginia, Sharp Top stone was used to carve the Virginia stone in the Washington Monument, which was completed in 1884. The engraved stone block recognizes 3,875-foot Sharp Top Mountain as Virginia's highest peak. Later it was thought that 4463-foot Elliott's Knob in Augusta County was the highest. More sophisticated measuring techniques confirmed that 5,729-foot Mount Rogers was indeed Virginia's Highest Mountain.
A 3.2 mile round-trip hike takes you to the top and back.
Boulders at the summit.
A shelter is nestled in the rocks near the top.
Abbott Lake and Peaks of Otter Lodge are seen in the distance.