Lots to see!
Posted Dec 4, 2016
Route 11 (from I-81 to Lodge) is extreme, downhill twists and turns, go slow and cautious, it's also not very long. Lodge restaurant and registration building is 5-star, very nice looking. The rooms are basic cinder block walls, but clean and comfortable. The view of the lake and mountains are very nice. The hike to the top of Sharp Top is challenging (not dangerous), but at times, a strain on cardiovascular system. Go slow, stop and rest, views from the top are spectacular. Hike to the top is 1-1.5 hours and trip down is easy. Bedford is a charming town with good food and small shops. The D-Day Memorial is all outside (consider weather), but the guided tour is interesting and will probably save you time from stopping and reading all of the plaques. If you can, read the book "The Boys from Bedford" before you go. Will return to this area to climb the other peak, visit Poplar Forest, and ride bikes on the High Bridge Trail.