Rattlesnake Lodge Trail is a hiking trail in Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a mile long and begins at 3,331 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 720 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Rattlesnake Lodge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This fun little trek takes the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to the relics of a mountain retreat by the name of Rattlesnake Lodge, built by one of North Carolina’s earliest national park proponents. First, you will leave a mountain gap, then switchback up Bull Mountain, passing open rock slab slopes presenting views of the Swannanoa River valley and adjacent mountains. Reach the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge after a gentle uptick where you can explore this highland retreat that once included a pool, water-driven generator, and even a tennis court!"
--Johnny Molloy , Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
"More than 100 years ago, Rattlesnake Lodge was a private summer destination for prominent Asheville doctor and conservationist Chase P. Ambler, his family, and friends. Today the rock ruins that remain offer unique appeal for area hikers. The Rattlesnake Lodge route follows the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) to the foundations of Dr. Ambler’s summer home, swimming pool, shed, and reservoir. Pausing at the onetime Ambler property, it’s not hard to imagine the family spending a hot July day soaking in the pool or watching a mountain sunset from their front porch. The rockwork, alone, at the site serves as a reward even when rain or fog hides the mountain views."
--Jennifer Pharr Davis, Five-Star Trails: Asheville (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This is one of those hikes that holds natural and man-made wonders, making it a special hike for both dogs and their people. The trail is named for the actual Rattlesnake Lodge, which sat tucked away in this hidden mountaintop retreat for about twenty years in the early 1900s. The stone remains of the lodge await at the end of the trail, a treat for history buffs and anyone with a sense of curiosity. The lodge can be accessed from two separate trailheads. Decide at the outset if you (and your dog) prefer a slow and steady ascent or a fast and strenuous one."
--Karen Chavez, Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
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