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Blue Ridge Parkway - Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

Updated on September 12, 2016
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Cynthia is a writer, artist, and teacher. She loves studying language, arts and culture and sharing that knowledge.

The view, walking along the Mountains to Sea Trail heading toward Ox Creek Road.
The view, walking along the Mountains to Sea Trail heading toward Ox Creek Road. | Source

Hikes Near Asheville

Love the forest? Love the mountains? I luckily live near both. I live near the Blue Ridge Parkway right outside of Asheville, NC. It’s one of my favorite places to bike, hike and drive.

The views and beauty are breathtaking.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is 469 miles long. As such, there are a lot of opportunities to get your fill of nature.

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Park on either side of the road at Tanbark Tunnel - milepost 374.4.The trail head to go to Rattlesnake Lodge and then on to the MST.
Park on either side of the road at Tanbark Tunnel - milepost 374.4.
Park on either side of the road at Tanbark Tunnel - milepost 374.4. | Source
The trail head to go to Rattlesnake Lodge and then on to the MST.
The trail head to go to Rattlesnake Lodge and then on to the MST. | Source

Hiking the Mountains Near Asheville

I will focus on a hike I did near Asheville, at milepost 374.4, right by Tanbark Tunnel. You can get there easily from Weaverville, NC via Ox Creek Road. Turn left onto the Parkway and stop just before Tanbark Tunnel. You can park on either side, with the trail on the north side of the road.

It’s an out-and-back trail, and is 2.2 miles long. Round-trip it is 4.4 miles – a good hike! It goes from the ruins of the Rattlesnake Lodge site to Ox Creek Road. If you start out from the Parkway (you can also start from Ox Creek Road going in the opposite direction), you’ll head mostly north.

It'll take you about 2.5 hours to complete the trail. It took me longer because I was caught up taking so many photographs!

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As you start out, a cascade of water beckons you.I loved the way the leaves captured the light in the forest canopy.A black-eyed susan on the trail.Rhododendrons bloom in the summertime on this trail.
As you start out, a cascade of water beckons you.
As you start out, a cascade of water beckons you. | Source
I loved the way the leaves captured the light in the forest canopy.
I loved the way the leaves captured the light in the forest canopy. | Source
A black-eyed susan on the trail.
A black-eyed susan on the trail. | Source
Rhododendrons bloom in the summertime on this trail.
Rhododendrons bloom in the summertime on this trail. | Source

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The Trail: Rattlesnake Lodge to Ox Creek Road

As you start out, a cascading stream greets you. Almost immediately, you’ll come to a fork. Take the left trail. You’ll start an ascent, but it’s not too steep.

Once you’ve traveled about ½ mile, you’ll come to the old, historic Rattlesnake Lodge site. The old rock walls and remnants of the old buildings are striking.

As you finish ascending, you’ll come to a “T”. Go left and you’ll head toward the main building remnants of the Rattlesnake Lodge. You’ll also be on the Mountains to Sea Trail.

The flora and fauna are quite diverse. In the spring and summer, hundreds of varieties of wildflowers bloom. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, oak, maple and other sorts of shrubs and trees abound on the trail.

Because the area is moist and humid, a number of varieties of mushrooms like to grow.

As you continue on the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST), you’ll notice that it smoothes out after Rattlesnake Lodge. It’s a well-traveled trail. Along the way on your left, you’ll be able to take in the beautiful vistas and valleys overlooking the Haw Creek community.

As you start nearing Ox Creek Road, you’ll start a gradual descent. You know you’re getting close when the descent turns into switchbacks. At the end of the switchbacks, you’ll see another fork. Head right toward the Ox Creek parking lot.

The parking lot will be your midpoint.

You’ll feel the ascent in your legs as you climb back up the mountain, but if you’re in reasonable shape, it won’t be bad at all. You’ll get to backtrack through the lush forest, rocky outcroppings; you’ll see once again all the beautiful plants, flowers and even animals that greeted you the first time through.

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After the first fork, keep ascending until you come to a "T".  Turn left at the T and you'll see the remnants of Rattlesnake Lodge.These were the employee cabins.  Paintbrush flower grows in front of them.Turn left at the fork.What used to be the yard at Rattlesnake Lodge.  Now, it sometimes serves as a campsite.Out by the old tennis courts.  They're no longer there, but the rock wall still stands.This area is where the swimming pool was.  The pool was actually about five feet below where I was standing and the rock wall extends into the background.
After the first fork, keep ascending until you come to a "T".  Turn left at the T and you'll see the remnants of Rattlesnake Lodge.
After the first fork, keep ascending until you come to a "T". Turn left at the T and you'll see the remnants of Rattlesnake Lodge. | Source
These were the employee cabins.  Paintbrush flower grows in front of them.
These were the employee cabins. Paintbrush flower grows in front of them. | Source
Turn left at the fork.
Turn left at the fork. | Source
What used to be the yard at Rattlesnake Lodge.  Now, it sometimes serves as a campsite.
What used to be the yard at Rattlesnake Lodge. Now, it sometimes serves as a campsite. | Source
Out by the old tennis courts.  They're no longer there, but the rock wall still stands.
Out by the old tennis courts. They're no longer there, but the rock wall still stands. | Source
This area is where the swimming pool was.  The pool was actually about five feet below where I was standing and the rock wall extends into the background.
This area is where the swimming pool was. The pool was actually about five feet below where I was standing and the rock wall extends into the background. | Source

Blue Ridge Parkway at Ox Creek Road

More About Rattlesnake Lodge

Dr. Chase Ambler owned the lodge in the early 1900s. He had it built between 1903 and 1904 as a vacation home and would bring his family there during the breezy, mild North Carolina summers. As soon as school would let out, the Ambler family would stay at the lodge until it was time for the children to go back to school.

Workers used rocks and trees from the area to construct the buildings, furniture and other items. The larger logs on the property were made from chestnut.

This homestead reflected the needs and likes of the family. It had a swimming pool, tennis courts, a number of guest bedrooms, a large dining room, cabins for caretakers, a barn and stables. It also had a large yard with lush gardens for everyone to enjoy.

Dr. Ambler sold the property in 1920. Only a short time later, in 1926, it burned down, most likely due to a lightning strike.

Dr. Ambler loved the outdoors. He eventually helped create the southern chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, that later became the Carolina Mountain Club. The CMC maintains the Mountains to Sea Trail near Asheville.

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This oak tree (I think it's oak, anyways) has lots of interesting burls growing on it.Beetles take advantage of the sap coming from the burls.The trail gets smoother and flatter as you head out from Rattlesnake Lodge.The area is lush and this colorful mushroom proves it.Wildflowers abound on the MST.Nearing Ox Creek Road.  There are a number of switchbacks to descend!The last fork before the Ox Creek parking lot - bear right.The Ox Creek parking area leading up the trail.
This oak tree (I think it's oak, anyways) has lots of interesting burls growing on it.
This oak tree (I think it's oak, anyways) has lots of interesting burls growing on it. | Source
Beetles take advantage of the sap coming from the burls.
Beetles take advantage of the sap coming from the burls. | Source
The trail gets smoother and flatter as you head out from Rattlesnake Lodge.
The trail gets smoother and flatter as you head out from Rattlesnake Lodge. | Source
The area is lush and this colorful mushroom proves it.
The area is lush and this colorful mushroom proves it. | Source
Wildflowers abound on the MST.
Wildflowers abound on the MST. | Source
Nearing Ox Creek Road.  There are a number of switchbacks to descend!
Nearing Ox Creek Road. There are a number of switchbacks to descend! | Source
The last fork before the Ox Creek parking lot - bear right.
The last fork before the Ox Creek parking lot - bear right. | Source
The Ox Creek parking area leading up the trail.
The Ox Creek parking area leading up the trail. | Source

More About the Mountains to Sea Trail

The idea for the trail came about in the 1970s. Right now, it’s over 400 miles in length, extending through North Carolina and parts of Tennessee.

The trail is still under progress, however. When it’s finished, it will stretch nearly 1000 miles, starting at Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee all the way out to Jockey’s Ridge on the coast of North Carolina.

People who enjoy hiking – both for short hikes and longer backpacking trips – will have a lot of fun exploring the length of the MST. Even though all parts of the trail are not finished, hikers can still go on back roads and other paths to complete their through-trek of the MST.

Different jurisdictions maintain the trail. As mentioned above, near the Asheville section of the trail, the Carolina Mountain Club maintains the trail and Rattlesnake Lodge.

The area is so lush, plants seemingly grow right out of the rocks!
The area is so lush, plants seemingly grow right out of the rocks! | Source

Safety Considerations

Even if you're going on a short hike, it's important to stay safe.

In the summertime – when I hiked this trail – it can get quite hot. Bring plenty of water. You must not drink from the streams.

Please be a good steward to the forest. Pack out what you bring in.

Be prepared for changes in weather. Bring rain gear or clothes to layer on, in case the temperature drops. For this particular trail, you’ll be at or around 4400 ft. above sea level.

Wear good shoes. The trails get rocky and difficult to maneuver at times. It’s best to have a sturdy pair of shoes.

Stay on the trail. It’s sometimes tempting to bushwhack – especially through the switchbacks – but it contributes to erosion and to the destruction of fragile plants.

For emergencies out on the Parkway, call 1-800-PARKWATCH.

© 2012 Cynthia Sageleaf

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 12 months ago from Western NC

      Christy - you are DA SWEETEST! Thank you for coming by and for sharing! :D

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      Christy Birmingham 12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Now this sounds like a GREAT place for a hike, C!! Let's do it :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Dale - I visited your blog. Fantastic! I'm following you there.

      Tylermj23 - I really want to explore the Parkway up your way, too. I have been on most of it in NC as we used to live up near Boone, but still: it's still incredible, mile after mile. :)

      Torrilynn - I'm addicted to hiking and biking. Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      cclitgirl,

      thanks for this hub

      I love hiking here at the wildlife national park

      that we have I feel that hiking is invigorating and very fun

      thanks for sharing things that you can do in North Carolina

      Voted up

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      tylermj23 4 years ago from Roanoke, VA

      I recently moved to the Roanoke, VA area to start my new career. I absolutely love biking, hiking, and driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway from mile roanoke on to the southwest. I would love to venture on the Parkway near Asheville as I bet the scenery is even better down there. Thanks for you great and informative hub on this wonderful area of North America!

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      Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Great, cclitgirl! I have sent you a message. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Truthfornow - hehe, I grew up in Colorado, so I'm a "transplant" but I have fallen in love with this area. I wasn't sure about it at first because it is so different from the Rockies, but now, I've lived almost half my life in North Carolina. :D

      Dale - hehe, the Parkway is so majestic. Old Fort is a fun little town. As for studying with Chief Two Trees, I admit I'd like to know more! Thank you. :)

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      Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Wonderfully done! Yes, I have hiked the Parkway and have driven it as well. :) As a former resident of Old Fort, North Carolina, whilst studying with Chief Two Trees, I had the opportunities to spend days, if not weeks, enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway.

      Well done! Thanks for the memories. Voted up, interesting and useful. :)

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I visited Ashville many years ago and remember it as being so beautiful. Thanks for such detailed information about all the hiking trails. I would love to go back to that area.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thank you, Vicki. :) I didn't know you've been through Asheville before. :) It's a great place to live for sure.

      Caseymel - that's great! I love these mountains so much, too. :)

      Crystal Tatum - the Biltmore House is incredible, especially around Christmas. :) Thank you for your feedback.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Sounds lovely. I've been to the Biltmore House in Asheville, but never explored the surroundings. Voted up and interesting and shared.

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      I am in Northern Virginia and we visit the Blue Ridge Mountains about a half an hour from our house. It is beautiful! We usually drive along Sky line drive and find trails. I love it!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is beautiful. I have actually been through Asheville on a college trip to Ridgecrest. Your photos are beautiful. How relaxing this place must be!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Happyboomernurse - the views on the Parkway...wow! I have fallen in love with hiking/biking/driving the parkway. The beautiful scenery is just stunning. That mushroom is crazy, isn't it? Haha. Thank you so much for comin' by.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I've driven along the Blue Ridge Parkway several times and even when riding in a car it's breathtakingly beautiful.

      Loved your photos and the way you took the reader through a step by step tour of the Rattle Snake Lodge to Oxcreek Rd. Trail.

      I also enjoyed reading the history of the lodge.

      My favorite photo in the slide show was of the colorful mushroom.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mr. Archer - you DO remember right. :) Yes, parts of it were filmed near the Biltmore Forest in Asheville. I LOVE this area and thank you so much for the compliments. I also hope that through my writing, it will help inspire people to keep all these areas pristine and beautiful because they are such treasures. Thank you so much!

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      Mr Archer 5 years ago from Missouri

      Gorgeous pictures, and beautiful words. If I remember right (which is rare!), I think the movie Last of the Mohicans was filmed in part in North Carolina. Just a magnificent area. You are blessed to live in such an area, and to have the talent to write about it.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Christy - I love hiking, too. I always discover something and I always feel refreshed after a great hike. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I LOVE hikes! So much fun and a great way to interact with nature. I vote up and awesome. Glad too that you included the note about safety.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Pavesvoice - thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback. I know Route 81! I used to live not too far from the Virginia border. I'm a transplant from Colorado, but I loved the beauty here in Western North Carolina the first time I saw it. :) The skyline is spectacular and wondrous, indeed! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hehe, Terrye - come on! You'll have to contend with a crazy yellow lab, but that's okay because he's only TOO happy to go hiking with you. Ha! Hubhugs to you!

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up, interesting and beautiful. This article hit upon everything to draw a reader into the gorgeousness of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your pictures were exquisite. Ashville and the surrounding area is lovely. Driving down Route 81, south of Winchester, Virginia my wife and I always comment on the changing skyline as we witness the wonder on the outskirts of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      On my way, CC! :) Can I stay at your house. The couch is fine. I'll only be there for a month. :) heheeh *hubhugs* :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Audra, aw shucks. After hubs like yours with the photos, I definitely have a new love of photography. :) It's wonderful attempting to catch some of the beauty I see. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Out by the old tennis courts and a black eyed susan are my favorite photos...great job!!! What great senery and beauty you saw when hiking in NC! It feels so good huh? There is nothing better! Great hub that brought me to a wonderful place! Voted up definitely!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      kartika damon - thanks for stopping by! The Blue Ridge area is lovely for sure. Have a wonderful day! Cheers.

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      kartika damon 5 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      This part of the country is so beautiful - happy hiking and thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - your comment made me chuckle. :D Desert shrubbery and suburban concrete, eh? Okay, I've been to SoCal and it's beautiful! I love it there - I might even consider moving there if I had a reason to. :D Thanks for coming by - cheers! You rock, Aurelio. :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's great that you have such beautiful greenery near you. Here in Southern California, we have to contend with desert shrubbery and suburban concrete. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Teaches, wow! I didn't know you lived in the Appalachians! That's great! The trails are beautiful and for you to have a mountain view - so lucky! :D Thank you for your kind feedback. Hubhugs!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You have brought back many memories for me. We lived at the foothills of the Appalacians for many years and hiked these trials often. The mountain view was one I could see from my home every morning. Your hub is well written and filled with adventure!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Sounds good, Bill! Looking forward to meeting you and Bev in person someday soon. :) Come on over! It's not so different from where you are - we get LOTS of rain. Hehehe.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm still not getting notified about everyone's hubs...you have three I haven't read. I'm so sorry, Sis! This was a great hub; I would love to hike these trails some day. I'll tell you when I'm going to be there and you can be my guide.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Brenda - hehe, I think I've sacrificed life in the fast lane so I can be in these mountains. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, but if I can't be in those mountains, I have to be here. :) It, indeed, is a beautiful place, full of history...and adventure. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Attikos - cool! I always love a great story like that. Write a hub about that! :) It is hauntingly beautiful. You reminded me of movie. Have you seen the "Songcatcher"? Not the one by Sharyn McCrumb (she wrote a book called the Songcatcher) but the movie. It's about being in the Blue Ridge Mountains...and the ballads that people made of the area. Great movie. I have to watch it once a year.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Bankscottage - well...hmm...you could be in for a very interesting adventure if you decide to stick it out through the night. I dare you to get it on camera. ;) Hehe.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Attikos - you gave me some hub ideas - I always love "haunted stories."

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      bankscottage - That's wonderful! I think you should do hubs about your day hikes with the AT. Congrats on doing that. Learning the history is always so fun to me, too. Thanks for stopping by ~ Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Efficient Admin - thanks for stopping by! I used to live up near Boone and would go over to Blowing Rock via the Parkway frequently. That, too, is a beautiful area. Pisgah forest is a great bet, too. Thank you again for the votes and kudos. Cheers!

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      brenda12lynette 5 years ago from Utah

      I am jealous you live so close to such beauty!! That hike sounds awesome, and your pictures are beautiful! Voted up and shared :)

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      Attikos 5 years ago from East Cackalacky

      I've been resting after lunch on the front step stone of a long gone cabin in the Blue Ridge and have had a powerful feeling I'm not alone. Once in a blue moon I even see a shadow, movement you can't quite pinpoint. I'm not sure they're really ghosts, but I'm not sure they're not, either. Let's just call our beloved Ridge hauntingly beautiful.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Maybe ghosts. I've heard about them in Gettysburg and Savannah. That is why I day hike.

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      Attikos 5 years ago from East Cackalacky

      The Blue Ridge is filled with ghosts, isn't it, Bankscottage?

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Beautiful pictures. This looks like a great hike! I am day hiking the AT when I get a chance. I am just entering northern VA. 500 miles and I'll be there. I love learning about the history that goes with a hike. Every time I come upon an old road or foundation, I wonder why it was there and why it was abandoned.

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I love the Blue Ridge and would love to hike this trail. I have been on the Moses Cone trail right off of BRP in Blowing Rock, and would love to hike in the Pisgah National Park one day as well. Great article, voted up and thanks for sharing those beautiful photos.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      samsons1 - thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. :) I was definitely trying to capture the experience; I'm so glad you almost felt like you were there. That's a great compliment to a writer. :) Thanks again - cheers and blessings.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      tsmog - that's awesome! I like to ski at Snowshoe from time to time. It's a beautiful place. Yes...Almost Heaven. :)

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      Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Well written and the pix are gorgeous. Felt as if I was hiking with you. I'm on the other side of the mountain from you but remember the days I use to hike with one foot in North Carolina and the other in Tennessee. Would love to try it again even though I know I can't except in my 'minds eye' with the help of friends who write and share. Voted up, beautiful and shared.

      Blessings my friend...

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      cclitgirl. I left West Virginia in 1968. I was there in Huntington from 66 - 68 Those were my 'Huckleberry Finn' days 6th - 8th grades. Like the song says 'Almost Heaven . . .'

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mhatter - thank YOU for stopping by. :) I'm glad you had good experiences hiking. You can get to some incredible places, for sure. Cheers!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this awesome tour and great pictures. My hiking days are long gone. but I had unbelievable experiences...

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      tsmog - aw, now, you are too kind. :) Dan'l Boone - really? I mean, I did live up near Boone at one time; even went to college up there. Hehe. Wow, I am just so touched that you enjoyed this so. I feel like it's one of those moments as a writer when you know you've done sumthin' good. :D Thanks so much. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Terrye - thank you so much! It's a beautiful place and I was definitely trying to capture the essence of it with my photographs. Do come to visit!! You'll appreciate the lushness and the views. :) Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Josh - the lodge doesn't have any snakes - well, at least not ones that I can see, hehe. It's pretty low key. If there are snakes, they stay well-hidden. It's always good to be on the lookout for them though. My dog once got bitten by a copperhead. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      OD - 'Tis beautiful here. I would love to make it up to the Adirondacks sometime. One day I will...if not for hiking, then for skiing. :) I thought of you when I was talking about the MST, thinking that's probably on one of your to-do lists. Ha! Thanks for comin' by. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      sadie - You live in Asheville? Awesome! It's a lovely place - a mountain biking and hiking mecca. It's a lot of fun for sure. :) Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      chef-de-jour - oh, I agree wholeheartedly: nothing beats a nice hike in the mountains. :) The MST is getting on toward completion. Who knows? I might have to take some time off for a grand hiking adventure. :D Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Attikos - that sounds awesome! It's a great day hike and yes, I agree, I can't wait for the MST to be finished. Thanks for coming by!

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      This is amazing. I feel like settl'n in for the night with home brewed coffee with grinds and all. You painted a most wonderful adventure with this hub. The photos brought realism full of mystery and history. The growth is lush green and full of life dancing along. I thought I saw Dan'l Boone for a moment there. Really I did. Thank you for sharing something dear to my heart Cyndi.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Gorgeous! Both the photographs and the hub! :) Would love to explore this area some day. And another place goes on my bucketlist. :) VUMS!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for this informative hub on hiking! The one that caught my eyes was Rattlesnake Lodge! I would like to try that one as long as it is not infested with rattlesnakes, :) As always your photos are beautiful, great job Cyndi!

      Votes and sharing! :)

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      Dan Human 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Aye, I agree that the Blue Ridge is one of the most beautiful places to hike. Your pictures do it justice and you have great trail descriptions. I'm one of the people counting down to the day when the Mountains to Sea Trail is complete.

      Fantastic Hub and thanks for the links!

      A huge thumb's up and Sharing!

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      sadie423 5 years ago from North Carolina

      We are new to the Asheville area, and haven't gotten to explore as much as we would like. It is beautiful!

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      Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thanks CClitgirl.

      Is there a better pastime than walking/hiking through mountainous country? This Blue Ridge trail looks so attractive - and 400 miles you say into Tennessee and extended to 1000 miles?

      It'd be good to know if large raptors are up there - hawks and falcons and eagles and such.

      Great, gives me the goose bumps just thinking about my next long trail adventure.

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      Attikos 5 years ago from East Cackalacky

      Ah, the Blue Ridge! My favorite hiking area!

      I've yet to see the remains of Rattlesnake Lodge, but after your article I'll make a point of it next time I'm in the area. I do wish the MST would be completed, too. I want to walk it all the way.

      Voted up and beautiful.