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Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

MODERATE 597 reviews
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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.

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

hiking
1 day ago

Nice trail with few people on it. Very little mud. Not much parking at either spot especially when Blue Ridge is closed.

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muddy
20 days ago

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muddy
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike, perfect weather and the trails were fantastic!!

hiking
28 days ago

Overall a pretty easy hike. Took about 2 hours to complete. There were only a few good views along the hike but no place to sit and enjoy the view.

hiking
1 month ago

Only a couple good views. Short hike to the lodge, can make it as long as you’d like.

Until Rattlesnack Lodge, it’s deceptively easy and hugs the parkway denying you seclusion. A bit past that trail split, the real fun begins and the sounds of cars and people fade out. Beautiful even after the leaves have fallen.

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Very nice. Beautiful day a few people on it but very friendly. Trail in great shape.

hiking
2 months ago

A few cool views, nothing crazy. Easy to moderate trail. Some cool ruins. Good to do with family or kids

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Good trail. A little sketchy footing at the lollipop loop but great views

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty nice trail. It was hard to find which way to go once we got to the loop. Using the map on here helped.

2 months ago

Note that the trailhead comes before and on the opposite side of the road from where the directions take you (coming from the blue ridge parkway). This is probably obvious to locals, but it took us a bit to park and find the trail early in the morning since there were no other cars. We visited in late fall and the fall color was great. No lookout spots at the top, but it was cool to walk through the lodge ruins before the loop. The forested part at the top was also fun like some others have mentioned. The loop intersects with another trail, so follow the alltrails map. It's a nice hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice views and walking through pretty forest. We ran out of time to do the full loop and did not get much time to explore the Lodge ruins, but overall very pretty.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to lose track of the trail, follow AllTrails mapped path. Not much of a view on this trail unless you go further

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic colors. Wear good hiking boots cuz many slippery rocks.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail! It’s conveniently located right off the blue ridge parkway, very close to Asheville. The trail is well maintained, and has some variety in landscape. The best viewpoint is around a mile in. Around the viewpoint, you stop hearing the car traffic and then it’s peaceful. If you’re trying to do the 3.7 mile loop, be careful not to miss the turnaround - although I’d recommend checking out the shaded forest slightly past the turnaround. As a plus, the trail keeps going (with some good elevation) if you want to get some extra miles in.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Very scenic trail but full of rocks. Would not recommend for anyone with weak ankles.

hiking
3 months ago

trail was fun

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained trail and a great hike. loved the remains of the lodge and homestead at the top of the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty and well-maintained, but rocky. Wear your good shoes.

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

nice hike, not hard but lots of rocks on trail. needs better signs, i followed white signs and ended on rhe MTS trail past the loop. i had to double back, but i did t mind because it was a scenic trail with old trees and large boulder rocks. will hike again.

hiking
3 months ago

When to Lane Pinnacle . Accidentally turned off GPSA about a 1/2 mile.

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bugs
4 months ago

Hiked this today with my family and three dogs. Beautiful day to be out. Came across a nest of yellow jackets on the loop portion. If you take the counter clockwise route around the loop, they were not too far after the tail switches back to the left. My dog and my sister-in-law were stung and we met some people on the trail who also said they were stung. Keep an eye out. Also, if you bring your dog definitely keep it from wandering too far off trail. I did see a piece of old barbed wire and I'd hate for them to get hurt. We also spotted a black snake napping in the leaves. Overall, it was a great walk in the woods. Not a bad way to kill a few hours.

hiking
4 months ago

Perfect for a hike with my dog. Follow a map, as there are a few different intersections after you reach the remnants of rattlesnake lodge

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