We drove up the mountain and paid $2 for parking at the summit. The scent of the balsam fir trees was terrific! The ranger said the are prolific on the mountain. Wonderful!
This reservation is part of the Appalachian Trail and we encountered one group of young men who began hiking in Georgia five months prior. So cool!
We only hiked around the summit, taking in the views, but there are a lot of trails worth checking out on another visit.
The lodge has a lounge area, restrooms, cafe and lodging. The inn keeper was able to show us the rooms. Mostly utilitarian with shared bathrooms and showers. Queen and bunk bed rooms are available.
The rangers on the property are very helpful and knowledgeable. The tower was closed but we were told it will be reopening in the spring after renovations.