Rattlesnake Lodge was built in the early 1900s as a vacation home.
A vacation home right in the middle of the woods that you must hike to. I consider this a solid option to avoid unwanted drop-ins while you're at home in PJs.
Follow the link above to read about the family that built it and what led to the ruins there today.
To the left you can see partial ruins, they are few and far between while you hike this trail.
We were more impressed with the hike itself. Access to the trail is right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and a quick drive from Asheville.
You get a small work-out in but the hike is not strenuous.
The trail is quite covered within the forest.
It feels palatial inside, as if the slender trees were tall walls all around you.
A beautiful hike all around that leads you through the wiggly trees (named by me), past the old family chimney with plenty of shade to keep you cool.
Western NC hikes have yet to fail.