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Valley History Explorer Hike #6: Riceville (Rattlesnake Lodge)

August 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hikers will first stop at Bull Creek Valley Overlook, overlooking the Riceville valley, to learn about the history of the community, named after Joseph Marion Rice, who settled in the region in the 1780s. From Bull Gap, hikers will travel along the original 1.4-mile trail to the ruins of Rattlesnake Lodge. In 1903, Dr. Chase Ambler, realizing the health benefits of the mountains, commenced construction of a summer home for his growing family. Remembered as one of the most unique summer residences in Western North Carolina, Rattlesnake Lodge also boasted stables, tennis courts, and a pool.  

Meet Time: 9:00AM at the Museum
Estimated Return Time: 12:30PM; We cannot guarantee a return time. Please plan on staying with the group until the end of the hike.
Difficulty: Moderate, 3 miles

Pack List: Bring water and a snack. Wear good hiking shoes and socks and long pants. You may also want sunscreen, a hat, hiking poles, rain gear, and any personal medications you may need. Please have all gear you are not wearing in a day pack to keep your hands free while hiking. Hiking poles will be especially important for this hike as there is a bit of a steep descent.

Please direct any inquiries to svmhikes@gmail.com.


August 8
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center
223 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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