Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

At A Glance


0.5 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.5
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Other Map ID: BRP MP 374.4
Hikes That Use This Trail: Rattlesnake Lodge


This trail climbs steeply from the Tanbark Ridge tunnel to a historic site along the Mountains to Sea Trail. The route is not far from a cascading stream through a mixed hardwood forest its entire length. A few spots have rock steps or roots, but the surface is mostly in good condition. Excellent displays of mountain laurel blooms can be found in mid to late June.

Intersecting Trails

  • Mountains to Sea Section 3
  • This trail is located in the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 trails list page.

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    Average Rating: 2.5 (rated 2 times)

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    Bob Singleton said: An easier, more pleasant route is to start from the trailhead on the east side of Ox Creek Road. This is about 0.6 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway MP 376.6. There is only room for 2-3 cars to park here and the trail to the lodge is a little longer (about 1.3 miles).

    Tuesday, September 25 2012 4:08pm

    Steven Rearden said: It was very steep at first from the tanbark tunnel up to rattlesnake lodge. Then when we got to Rattlesnake lodge, we found out there was some other ways to get there. I would advise you to not go to rattlesnake lodge from the Tanbark tunnel.

    Saturday, July 7 2012 5:14pm
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