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Nature Park Trail

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0.4 mile 0.6 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 24' 7 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 2,210' 674 m
Low: 2,187' 667 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by Conserving Carolina

This tranquil and scenic spot gets hikers outside, just minutes from downtown Hendersonville.

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Description

This trail offers scenic views of Rhododendron Lake and a fun river crossing across several stones. The trail is largely flat, and users can make their walk as long or as short as they like. Look out for pooling water after a heavy rain.

Rhododendron Lake Nature Park is a 10-acre park nestled between Lake Drive and Primrose Lane, conveniently accessible from both Laurel Park Highway and White Pine Drive. It features almost a mile of walking paths, fitness stations, a catch-and-release fishing pond, picnic area with charcoal grill, and more.

Rhododendron Lake was a major community hub in the 1950s and 1960s in Hendersonville. The Red Cross held swim lessons for residents, so many people took their first swim strokes in that lake. In the 1980s, however, the earthen dam that was set to protect the surrounding residents from the Lake was found to be unsound. The lake size reduced from nine acres to one acre and the site where so many used to congregate and enjoy each other's company became overgrown and forgotten by many.

The new Rhododendron Lake Nature Park seeks to preserve and remind residents of those memories. Through the help of our donors and grants, we were able to construct a park that will make room to create new memories and bring the community together the same way its predecessor did.

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Picturesque views of Rhododendron Lake.
Jan 23, 2020 near Laurel…, NC
A fun water crossing over stone steps.
Jan 23, 2020 near Laurel…, NC

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