Asheville, NC – Biltmore Estate

Since I would be leaving for a cruise in a week, and be gone 2 weekends, Steve and I headed over to Biltmore for a visit today. Took another trail today that we’ve never took a walk on.

As usual, we parked in the conservatory parking lot. Walked up the steps outside the conservatory and walked over to the right and crossed the road over into the azalea gardens. We quickly came to a 4 way intersection. We beared towards the left and took the little gravel trail continuing through a garden. You then come out to the one way road that goes through the estate. Cross the road here and you quickly walk through very tall bamboo on the trail. You will then come to a fork. If you go to the left, that will take you on Rhododendron Trail (that we will take on a later date).

Our destination today was Woodland Trail, to  the right. This is a 1/2 mile long, moderate trail. You cross a bridge and head up into the woods. Nothing spectacular. Just a nice walk. Because the leaves were off the trees at the time of this walk, we could see the lake peeking through the trees about 3/10 of a mile into the trail. The trail ends at the vehicle bridge that goes over Bass Pond. We walked across the bridge and continued only probably 1/10 of a mile along the road to the cut-off that takes you across the bridge that goes over the dam at Bass Pond. After crossing the bridge, we walked down the hill on the left to the waterfall. Not alot of water. The way the sun was shining, there were rainbows in the mist. Took lots of photos to try to get a good rainbow photo, but none of the photos turned out too well. We then walked through the bamboo back behind us to the creek. Not alot of water flow there. Headed back up to the waterfall and up the hill and walked back to the conservatory on the trail beside of the lake. This was a pretty easy walk. Probably somewhere between 1 and 1.5 miles.

Here are a few photos from today.

Biltmore Estate Address: 1 Lodge St., Asheville, NC

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For our walk today, not long after entering azalea gardens, took this left off of paved trail onto a graveled trail

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Was a little surprised to see a little color in the garden today

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A little more color

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Just crossed the road and entering the bamboo area at the beginning of Woodland Trail

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To continue on Woodland Trail, at the fork, go right and cross this bridge

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Heading up into the woods

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Heading down out of the woods. Can see Bass Pond peeking through the trees in the background.

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Got a few photos of the bridge. Woodland Trail comes out at this bridge. 

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View of Bass Pond and the meadow from the bridge

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Finished our short walk along the road and are cutting across the bridge over the dam

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View of Bass Pond from the bridge

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Down at the waterfall

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My best photo of the little rainbow

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View of the boat house as we are walking along the pond back to the conservatory

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Zooming in on the bridge that is now across the pond

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