Have a yen to try a local hike, but don’t know where to begin? Join Buncombe County Parks & Recreation for scenic hikes close to home this summer and fall. The Sampler Hike Series is a free four-pack of popular treks led by Parks and Recreation staff on Saturday mornings.
Explorers of all skill levels are invited to experience the fun of one hike, all four, or somewhere in between. Space is limited to 12 hikers and advance registration is required.
Up next is the Rattlesnake Lodge hike. Enjoy climbing over Bull Mountain in a mature forest of hardwoods to the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge, a one-time mountain getaway for noted conservationist Dr. Chase Ambler. The 4.25 mile trek there (2.1 miles) and back (2.1 miles) is moderately steep in places and has a rugged terrain. We will meet at the trailhead located on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway off of the Blue Ridge Parkway (there are multiple pull off spots in close proximity to the trailhead).
Stayed tuned to buncombecounty.org/parks for details on the next hike.
What to Bring Hiking
- Daypack or backpack
- Weather-appropriate clothing (The temperature and wind can change with elevation, so moisture-wicking shirts and layers are recommended.)
- Hiking boots or shoes
- Trail snacks
- Insect repellant
- Sunglasses (optional)
- Hat or bandana (optional)
- Binoculars (optional)
- Camera (optional)
- Trekking poles (optional)
- Compass (optional)
- Whistle (optional)
- Knife or multi-tool (optional)
- First aid kit (optional)
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