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.

Length3.7 miElevation gain902 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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AMNON FRIED
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Jenna Gillespie
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Maggie Moses
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Perfect day hike! It was pretty icy on the loop, after you pass the lodge sign post.

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Andreina Bates
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Loved this trail and it’s so convenient

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Todd Brown
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Liz Riley
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Anna Idler
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Loved this trail, was snowy and a little slippery on the loop right after you hit the stone lodge on the day we went recently. Really pretty and had an interesting plaque that noted history of the lodge.

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Melissa Jones
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The trail was in good condition but very icy so be prepared and wear the right shoes! It was also very muddy in some parts.

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Liz Chen
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HikingIcy

I hiked this on 1/17/21. The log at the trailhead was full (4 cars) so we went another 0.3 miles and snagged one of the 2 spots at the next lot. This was an excellently marked trail but there was definitely a 0.3 mile icy stretch when you veered to the right for the loop. We hiked in the afternoon sun and it was still fairly treacherous for avid hikers. I do recommend going right instead of left for the loop so that you are going up the icy patch instead of descending with the ice. Overall, it was a beautiful trail and not particularly crowded.

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Liz Chen
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Duane Cehelnik
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Definitely very limited parking, there were approximately 4 spots in a little lot then some road parking up the road a bit. The trail is sort of marked, not horribly strenuous but gets your heart rate going. Once we reached where the old lodge was and the informational sign it wasn’t very clear where to go. The day we went was snowy and icy so we didn’t end up going all the way around the loop but still got a solid 4 miles in roundtrip.

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Robert Parker
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Jack Michael
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A beautiful, moderate-to-high traffic trail for a vigorous-but-not-crazy in-town hike. Very limited parking at the Craven’s Gap trailhead where it meets the Parkway, so arrive early. There are some sets of stone steps here and there that would be difficult for young kids and elderly folks to navigate, especially since they intersect springs and runoff channels, so they’re often very wet. Only four stars because the trail was RIDICULOUSLY muddy for more than half of the total hike. Since this is my first go at this trail, I’m not sure if that’s a function of snow melt/recent rains or if it’s like that most of the time...but there ARE a lot of small springs all around the trail, so it’s safe to say you’ll probably hit some serious mud most any time of the year. The Parkway was closed today so there was no road noise, but since most of the trail parallels the Parkway, expect road noise when the road is open. All this said, I would definitely do this hike again, especially because the trail traffic thins out and the scenery gets even MORE gorgeous about half a mile from the Rattlesnake Loop trailhead.

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Joey Massey
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Ricardo Araujo
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Sara Waite
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Route shown is 4.5-5 miles, not 3.7! Was slippery (after a bunch of snow recently). Muddy today, but only a few slip-and-slide sections because of all the rocks and roots that make little steps. In the rockier back portion of the loop (which is fairly shut-in), there was still a lot of ice. I’ve been out hiking the past two days in the snow and ice, so this didn’t seem too bad...but it was definitely not sure footing. Pretty crowded on the portion to and from the loop, but I didn’t pass anyone on the loop. For the view-hunters, this trail didn’t have much. The shut-in section feels gives me a secret garden vibe, though, which I love.

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Stephen Bradshaw
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Micayla Bowman
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Nice and steady hike. Not many overlooks. A little muddy today. Parking is a challenge!

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krisztina Fazio
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Andy Berry
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WalkingGreat!Muddy

Great trail, well maintained. It was a very busy hike with lots of people, most wore masks.

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Mary Rippe
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful. Lots of dogs, moderate traffic Saturday morning to early afternoon. The trail loop switches from white to blue on the way down, which had us go out of our way for .5 miles, but other than that this was perfect and well maintained with stellar views

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Samantha Stophel
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Great trail, limited parking at the trail head. When doing the loop pay attention to where it splits from white to blue - you have to follow blue to continue the loop before you’re back on the white.

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AMNON FRIED
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Jackie Ritz
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HikingGreat!

Love this trail! Did it with my 2 kids (ages 9 and 11). Halfway through the trail and at the peak elevation is a beautiful rocky area with amazing views. We brought hot cocoa and kids spent 1.5 hours playing on the rocks. Wish I would have brought my hammock!

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