Rattlesnake Lodge Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Weaverville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
slightly strenuous start, interesting views of the road and homeplace. parking can be a bit challenging. short distance but worth taking the trekking poles.
Great well kept trail. Be sure once you hit the house remains you either follow the blue up a steep hill or take the white blazes to the right and meet up with the blue blazes further down the trail for a less strenuous climb. Be sure to turn left at the blue blazes if you take this route to come back down, otherwise you'll continue on the mtn to sea trail.
I think moderate is right on.
Great diversity of mountain range views and forest scenery. Definitely a hike worth doing!
Fun hike with my 11 yr old son. REALLY windy at the start, thru the gap between mountains. Wind stopped once we got around the south side. Hike from lot up to the lodge is quite nice. Good trail, easy slope. Think that part could be done by most people in about 30 minutes. The Rattlesnake trail, .3 mi from the ruins up to the top, is steep; you'll get your heart rate up here! Easy descent back on the longer path.
2 hours total, with several photo & water stops along the way.
We'll try it again in the spring, should be beautiful.
Great hike! Parking lot was full so we just went a little up the road and joined up from the otter creek trail. Since the lots are small there were not many people on trail which was nice. Switchbacks kept the climb nice. We wound up taking the blue trail back down to the ruins/start of the loop and that part was pretty steep. Overall great hike!