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North Carolina - Rattlesnake Lodge

Rattlesnake Lodge was the former summer home of Asheville physician and outdoor activist Dr. Chase P. Ambler. The Amblers built their summer retreat in 1903 and occupied it until 1920. The Lodge is long gone, victim of a fire in the late 1920s.

The retaining walls and foundations for its tennis courts, swimming pool, and caretaker's cabins will give you a good feel for the lifestyle of the rich and famous—famous in Asheville at least. Ambler's wife and children went up to the Lodge as soon as school let out and came back to Asheville in the fall. Dr. Ambler visited on weekends.

Rattlesnake Lodge Official Meetup
Meeting time: 10:00AM
Length: 3.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 550
GWH Rating: Yellow
Dog friendly: Yes

Meeting location:

There are two trailheads. We will meet at the OX CREEK RD trailhead (at approximately 667 Ox Creek Rd, Weaverville). Parking is limited, so if we expect a large turnout I'll designate another meeting spot nearby so we can carpool.

Hike Info

Post-Hike Gathering:

GWH member Anne-Marie will host a post-hike gathering at her house (approximately 2 miles from the trailhead). Details TBD, but it will include a talk about snakes on the trail and what to do if you're bitten by one. 

Please RSVP if you will be attending the hike only, the post-hike gathering only, or both.