The Rattlesnake Lodge area is above mile post 375 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and can
be reached by two common paths. One, from the Tanbark RidgeTunnel, where
there is some limited parking, is .44 miles long and takes about 20 minutes. Moderate
hike. The other, a trip of 1.42 miles from Bull Gap, is not as steep. To get
to the start at the gap, leave the Parkway at the Ox Creek Road, and continue to
the right for about .6 miles. There is a small parking area at BullGap. Go about
50 yards to the gap and turn left on the Mountain to Sea trail. The trail is marked
with white blazes. It is an easy walk to the lodge area.