The dirt path dipped and turned. Ahead I could see a tree-lined pond dotted with the V-shape of a duck coasting over the glassy water. I was about halfway there and was torn between wanting to get to my destination and wanting this walk to last longer. It was quiet except for an occasional squawk from one of the ducks. About an hour later I headed up a hill, through an old gate and saw what I was looking for. Off in the distance I could see the Estate, almost a castle. I had arrived. In front of me was the Biltmore Estate.
Over the last few blogs I’ve taken you on an incredible walk from the Biltmore Historic Inn over to the Biltmore Estate. Today, we’re on the final approach. The following photos will take you through the rest of the walk…
After you leave the pond you’ll follow the trail up to the first of three gates.
Then you find yourself in a large open field.
Keep following the path and you come to the second of three gates. You can see it had been raining – I slugged through the mud to get to the other side.
After you pass through this gate you will get your first glimpse of the Estate. In the photo below you can see it off in the left corner.
Just keep walking!
At the end, you’ll pass through one more gate and you’re at the Estate. The photo below was taken once I was inside, looking back.
From here you can walk through the formal gardens, over to the Estate and take the tour. (Make sure you shut the gate behind you.) On a quick note, you can do this walk from the Estate to the Inn too. If you are there a few days and want to mix it up, try it both ways. Also, if you’re traveling along it’s very safe so don’t hold back!
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