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Hiking the Graveyard Fields Loop Trail

June 22nd, 2013 by Honey Hill

The Graveyard Fields hiking trail, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a popular destination for guests staying at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins. The trail is located close to Mt. Pisgah, the second highest point along the parkway – approximately 5,000 feet above sea level.

There are a number of theories about how this area got its name. During the early 1900s, when the mountains in western North Carolina were being extensively logged, all that remained in this valley were the stumps of cut trees. Over time, mosses and vines eventually grew all over the stumps, resembling an overgrown graveyard. Later, catastrophic fires swept through the area, destroying anything resembling a graveyard, but the name remains. The heat of the fires destroyed the tree stumps and sterilized the soil, making it difficult for anything to grow. This area, however, has beautiful mountain vistas and waterfalls that are along the trails.

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Beat the Heat at Biltmore this Summer

June 5th, 2013 by Honey Hill

There is so much more to do on the Biltmore Estate besides touring the fabulous Biltmore House. With one of Honey Hill Inn’s two-day passes to the estate, you can enjoy activities that will keep you cool during the heat of the day and into the evening.

  • Guided Raft Trips: Take in the amazing views as you follow the gentle currents on the French Broad River as it winds through the estate during this 2 hour experience.
  • Self-guided Kayak Rentals: Enjoy a 3-mile, 2-hour float trip down the French Broad River in a single or tandem, sit-on-top, kayak. kayak_raft_closeviewCMYK
  • Shady spots on Hiking Trails: Hike miles of magnificent trails wind throughout the estate. Follow the Creekside Trail alongside the stream through a cool grove of hemlocks, pines, beech, rhododendrons, and bald cypress. The Woodland Trail follows an old farm wagon road, passing through deciduous woodlands. A wooden bridge arcs over the spring-fed brook and provides a spot for quiet meditation.
  • Ice-Cream! Savor a scoop or two at the Ice Cream Shoppe in Stable Courtyard, or at the Creamery in Antler Hill Village.
  • Visit late! Visit the winery and Antler Hill Village during the evening after it’s cooled down. Guests can enter the estate up until 10:00pm.

Hike Mountains to Sea Trail to Rattlesnake Lodge

May 27th, 2012 by Honey Hill

Rattlesnake Lodge was a summer home of Asheville physician Chase P Ambler and a retreat until it was destroyed by fire in 1926. Today the stone foundation remains, as well as remnants of other artifacts like the outline of an in-ground pool.

Dogs are welcome, but must be on a 6 foot leash.

The hike to Rattlesnake Lodge about 2.8 miles round trip from Ox Creek Rd.

Directions from Honey Hill Inn and Cabins

Take I-40 east to I-240 (toward Asheville). Take Exit 4A, US 19/23 north, toward Weaverville. Drive 6 miles and take exit 21/New Stock Rd. At the end of the ramp, turn right and immediately turn left. Drive 8/10 mile. At the stoplight, turn right onto Reems Creek Rd. Drive 4 miles and turn right onto Ox Creek Rd. Go 3.7 miles and arrive at the parking lot (on left).

The Hike

From the parking lot, follow the trail for a short distance to where it intersects with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Turn left on the trail and start up the switchbacks for 1.4 miles to the lodge site.

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