Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

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Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 902 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
14 days ago

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.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful trail, we did see wildlife and many beautiful places along the trail to stop and lookout. This trail does not lead to the top of an overlook though, it is continuous and is a mountain to see trail. Beautiful moderate hike, would definitely recommend! And not too far outside of Asheville

Beautiful! Great trail. Things are slippery so be careful. Tried to run it and ended up twisting my ankle about a mile up. Big bummer. Still doable, but be careful!

hiking
19 days ago

Well maintained trail. One good spot for Blue Ridge Mountain View. Interesting story I found online about the doctor that built the lodge: The living room ceiling was covered with rattlesnake skins. During the first three years, it has been written that 41 rattlesnakes were killed on the property. It was understood throughout the area that Dr. Ambler would pay $5 for any rattler brought to him. As $5 in those days was about equivalent to week's wages, many rattlers undoubtedly came from very far away!

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

A great trail and a great hike. The best part is that we saw a roaming black bear right off the trail towards the end! The trail does get uneven and a little rocky about half way thru, especially as you hike to the highest point. The best views are early on in the hike, but still worth it.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail! Narrow, rocky, about 900ft elevation. Mostly a nice walk, watch your step. Definitely hiking this again.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful well maintained trail. We ended up following the white trail markers past the lodge loop and ended up on another trail that took us way off course. It was beautiful but turned our hike into a 9 mile ordeal. Haha. Just be aware of that little bit of info :)

hiking
26 days ago

Excellent trail, well kept and had some great views of the valley and surrounding landscape. Relatively easy hiking for my dad and I. Parking is plentiful along the road and right up to the trail head as well.

running
27 days ago

All trails stopped at 6.8 was actually 10 miles

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail to get some cardio, neat old rock foundations to some days gone by cabin and it had a old timey wading pool.

Fun hike! Beautiful views, wild flowers and kid friendly.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail we stumbled upon, we started up higher and hiked to the main part of the trail. Had no idea we were on this great trail till we came to the lodge area.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail Leaves are down pretty views

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

only recorded half due to phone battery

hiking
2 months ago

First time this trail. Good trail and well traveled. Decent uphill in and downhill out.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

great hike with the dog not too much elevation

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

There was some snow and small ice patches for short distance after leaving parking area. Late trail gave way to somewhat muddy conditions but overall Trail was in good shape. There is a relatively steady climb with some switchbacks but at no point was incline steep. It is a nice trail that I would recommend to anyone looking for a somewhat short challenging hike.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

It is a good trail with a few nice views (probably only visible in the winter) and interesting ruins from an old lodge. It was pretty muddy, though.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Amazing trail! We were blown away with the views of the mountains and the scenery on the trail. We brought our dog along, and he loved rolling in the snow alongside parts of the trail! Highly recommend this beautiful hike.

recorded Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Wonderful!

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