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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

4 days ago

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.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful views and not too demanding.

hiking
6 days ago

Lovely completely shaded trail. Not difficult.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
8 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

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.

hiking
24 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

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rocky
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

All trails stopped at 6.8 was actually 10 miles

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
2 months 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.

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muddy
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months 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
3 months ago

Nice trail Leaves are down pretty views

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

only recorded half due to phone battery

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