Blue Ridge Parkway offers two easy hikes

Staff reports

Join Blue Ridge Parkway rangers at 7 p.m.  Thursday, June 9 an easy, 1.2-mile hike to learn about two challenging resource issues that are affecting the Blue Ridge Parkway - light and noise pollution.  Learn what the effects are on our wildlife and what you can do to lessen these impacts.

Meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, located at Milepost 384. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and prepare for changing weather.

The Rattlesnake Lodge trail is one of two hikes the Blue Ridge Parkway is offering this week.

Also, join Parkway rangers at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 10 for a moderate, 1.5-mile roundtrip hike to the old site of Rattlesnake Lodge.  Learn what life was like at a large mountain homestead, see the remains of the lodge and find out what makes it so “snake-y”.

Meet at the dirt pull-off at the southern entrance of the Tanbark Tunnel, Milepost 374.4.  Bring water, wear good walking shoes, and be prepared for changeable weather.

For more information, contact 828-298-5330, ext. 304.