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Rattlesnake Lodge Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 902 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Kaitlin B
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HikingGreat!

This was a nice trail. We followed the white trail markers up to the lodge then followed the blue markers back down. I think most people we saw just went to the lodge then back down. we kept going to the loop at the top. Very rocky on the loop part but really wooded and pretty. Trails are well kept. Not too crowded on the way up but lots of people on the way down. Like others have said, limited parking so go early. We got there at about 7:30 and there were already 3 cars. Some parts are narrow so bring your mask to help protect others right now. Seems like a good trail for running as well. i may do that next time.

Ellie Lyle
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Hiking

Love this trail. Be ready for a bit of a climb, but there’s so many beautiful things to look at along the way. The car ride up to the trail is beautiful too. There’s a great lookout point where you can pull off and soak in the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Melinda Golden
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This is a nice trail close to downtown Asheville. There isn’t much parking so get there early. There are a couple of pull offs where you can park on the side of the road. The trail is a bit rocky but not difficult. It starts off with some switchbacks. It has a couple of nice views. It’s nice and shaded. It wasn’t busy for a Saturday morning.

Ray Gonzalez
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HikingGreat!

Best loop trail so far. I started going right, passed the stairs on the left, up the mountain. At the first intersection with another trial, stay towards the right up the mountain. Once the trail goes back down, you’ll intersect with another trail. Keep right down the mountain. I think the trial color is a blue dot. You’ll finish the loop when you go down the stairs you passed at the beginning. It’s pretty steep both ways. No real views, but a beautiful hike through the mountains nevertheless. Highly recommend.

Mark Davis
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Hiking

Great hike!! Good trail

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keegan canty
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Beautiful. Somewhat heavily trafficked. Limited parking

Nicholas Sanzone
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Miller Bentley
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Hiking

A great walk in the woods after work. Not much elevation change and trail conditions are great. The Mountains to Sea trail is clearly marked with white dots, but do note about 3/4 into the hike you need to veer left (if going counterclockwise) to connect back with Rattlesnake (blue markings), otherwise you keep going on Mountains to Sea and won't make it back to your car... speaking of which, the parking area was full when we arrived but there's plenty of other spots to park down the road if you just keep going another 100 yards or so.

Kenny K
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HikingRocky

Good trail. Not the best overlook and little confusing at times, but enjoyed the hike

Alex Proctor
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HikingRocky

This is a decent hike for those looking to exercise and escape the city. Parking was pretty packed on the weekend. Get there early. It’s not the prettiest or eventful hike I’ve done near or on the Parkway. There are a couple of views, but I imagine they’d be more expansive in the winter months. The first portion of the hike takes you up several switchbacks. The incline isn’t challenging but it’ll get your blood pumping. I did the loop counter-clockwise and enjoyed the rhododendron tunnels. The loop was a bit rocky so good shoes are a plus. The ruins of Dr. Ambler’s summer house are a little underwhelming. Really only the foundations exist. There’s a small information board before you start the loop that explains the history of the ruins.

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Phil Cera
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Great trail. Did it in under two hours with stops for taking a few pictures and hydrating. It's overgrown in certain areas, but you can still pass through without a problem. Somebody needs to mark the trail a bit better for less experienced hikers. Make sure you have a good pair of shoes.

Carson Hagan
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HikingMuddyRocky

Overall Greta short hike. Took exactly two hours. A few scenic spots but not many. Would reccomed doing the loop clockwise. Many creeks cross the river. Was fairly busy. Parking is rough, there's only room for four cars at the actual trail head but there 5 or 6 spots on the shoulder of the Parkway.

Kimmy Sanna
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Hiking

This was a great trail. It’s a bit confusing at first if you don’t have the map up. When you walk from your car, take the trail to the left. Overall this was a really fun hike - a little rocky at certain areas, and found myself having to watch the ground most of the time, which was fine. There was poison ivy everywhere along the sides of the trail. If you do not wear socks or pants to cover your ankles/calves, be careful when moving to the side to let people pass by! We hiked from around 1-3pm and the trail was mostly shaded, which made it very enjoyable.

Tyanna Tweed
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corey giszczak
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not made for young kids. beautiful trail not bad for hiking even if you are a beginner. dogs love it , saw multiple dogs on our way. all in all a great day in nature.

Stephanie Walczak
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Hiking

Great hike. Beautiful views and not too demanding.

Mitzi Purvis
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Hiking

Lovely completely shaded trail. Not difficult.

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Ty Graynor
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Marybeth C
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Hiking

There very little parking on the Ox Creek Road side. The Rattlesnake Lodge is very underwhelming when you arrive. My advice is to research the history first, and you will understand what you're looking at better. I would call it a truly moderate trail. Arrive early or you will encounter many, many people. There are some good views along the way. The trail is mostly shaded. Overall, I'm glad I hiked it but it will not be revisited any time soon.

Brent Carroll
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Hiking

Nicely maintained gently sloping trail most of the way. No “view” at the top as the feature here is the old lodge. But, there are a few views through the trees along the way. Heavily trafficked on the weekend with not a lot of room to social distance. The slope of the upper loop is very steep if you go clockwise, so recommend taking the loop counter-clockwise. Very little parking at the trailhead, but maybe a dozen spots along the road nearby.

J .R
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Hiking

It's so close to avl and a nice moderate hike. Steady climb up two miles with great views. Start at several switchbacks. Get to the lodge info. Pass through past a couple creeks and loop back. Great workout and lots of fun.

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Shaughn Hutchinson
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Hiking

Easy hike through the woods. The lodge ruins are approx 1.5 miles up. There is no overlook, but a couple views along the trail. Great hike to take kids on.

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amy harter
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Carrie Mann
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Hiking

Lovely little trail right near town. The lodge ruins are cool and you get some pretty (slightly obstructed) views. I saw a large bear as well. Only downside is it’s quite crowded and there isn’t much room on the side of the trail to let people pass.

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