Nature Park Trail
ElevationAscent: 24' 7 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 2,210' 674 m
Low: 2,187' 667 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“This tranquil and scenic spot gets hikers outside, just minutes from downtown Hendersonville.”— Conserving Carolina
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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