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We were out for a hike to Rattlesnake Lodge (click the link to read about the fascinating history) on a part of the Mountain to Sea Trail. The lodge was a private home built around 1903 on a 318 acre lot. The house was a weekend home for a doctor who worked in Asheville. The home was sold in 1920 and then destroyed by fire (probably lightning) in 1926. When the Blue Ridge Parkway was being designed, the land was declared a part of that right away and then finally bought by the U.S. Park Service in the 1970’s. This is very fitting because the doctor was one of the early proponents of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and was a advocate of forestry conservation.
We like this hike because you can see some of the foundations and rock walls from the original house, but the area is still very wild. In the middle of the area, there is suddenly a Park Service sign which explains the lay out of the original grounds and a little of the story. The hu-dad figured he would be the only one interested in reading it, but someone else nosed their way in.
By the way, we have posted a before about Rattlesnake Lodge and even posted a video of the walk. Go here if you want to see it.
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