Rattlesnake Lodge Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Weaverville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Nice wooded trail through the woods with some neat historical ruins. Some views through the trees near the top, especially in the winter time.
Can you camp on this trail?
I like more scenic hikes and this one only had a couple of spots with views.
We took our five year old up this trail and enjoyed the views. We cooled off our water bottles in the old spring house and climbed the trail behind it to the log seats to rest before heading back down. Our approach was from Ox Creek road, it's the long way up... but not long at all. Take the trail on the left from the parking area, it's blazed with white circles, up to the ruins of the lodge.
Nice hike close to Asheville. About a 30 minute drive max. Hike is about 1 1/2 hours up and back.
a fun hike with ruins, wildflowers, beautiful views, and interesting terrain. we missed the loop so keep an eye out.
Truly love this hike. Not much of a view, but I just love the feel of being deep in the woods, especially when you stumble upon ancient ruins! The backstory on this Lodge fascinates me. The hike itself isn't too strenuous. The switchbacks at the beginning get you warmed up and a gradual incline toward the ruins. There is also an approach from the Blue Ridge Parkway that makes this hike a bit shorter.
Such an interesting trail. Views, wildflowers and mysterious ruins.
This is an easy hike with nice views and the ruins are very cool for adults and kids alike to explore. The views are wonderful but there is a good bit of road noise from the motorcycles and cars on the parkway below. We have three kids between 3.5 and 7 and all made it up and back with smiles. Bonus points given for the random act of kindness of someone who anonymously left bouquets of flowers on several cars at the bottom.
Didn't hike the entire trail as it was a spur of the moment thing after we hiked Craggy Gardens. A few trail markers would be nice as we really didn't see many, hence why we didn't finish the hike. It's a heavily, dense vegetated path in some spots but I loved seeing Flame Azaleas, great surprise! There's alot of history regarding 'The Lodge'. I highly recommend reading up on it before you go and I think you'll really enjoy the remnants, etc. that you'll encounter.
i didn't technically do the whole trail today... but this was my 1st trail in NC!... wow... pretty mindblowing... looking fwd to going back...i hiked around the area... gorgeous... otherworldly... a tip for 1st timers: just pull off along the side of the road when you see signs saying that 'parking in the road is illegal'... park... and hike.... ;)
Thought the trail had beautiful sweeping views with nice long switchbacks at the beginning of the trail. The route beyond the lodge is a bit confusing if you are a first timer to the area but still so pretty even for a sunny winter day. I'm coming back and hiking this again and planning a longer hike beyond rattlesnake lodge!
Fun hike. Harder in spots. Great for dog. Great history to see along the way.