This is the crown jewel of The Preserve at Little Pine. Resting high atop Grassland Mountain at 4,200 feet, the rustically elegant Mountain Lodge is outfitted with the comforts of a refined mountain home, complete with large floor-to-ceiling windows, a stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and an inviting wrap-around porch that offers breathtaking views. It features two premier condominium units with jacuzzis, and plenty of privacy, making it the perfect gathering spot for couples or small groups.
This is a unique treasure at Little Pine, and something members and families can take advantage of year-round. Located next to the Mountain Lodge on Grassland Mountain, the state-of-the-art observatory—which is owned and operated by the Astronomy Club of Asheville—is complete with a retractable roof and high-powered telescope. This is the ideal spot to gaze at the stars or into the distant mountains. Minimal light pollution creates one of the purest night skies you’ll find in Western North Carolina.
W.C. Ward Pavilion & Pond
This has become a gathering spot for members and guests—and a favorite place for kids to enjoy, with running streams that invite discovery and play. With a full outdoor kitchen, inviting stone fireplace, and rustic wood furniture and tables, families and friends can have summer parties, fall oyster roasts, spring celebrations, or intimate cookouts throughout the calendar year. Adjacent to the Pavilion is a fully stocked trout pond for fishing.
Apple Orchard & Blackberry Fields
High atop Grassland Mountain resides a whole new world waiting to be discovered. Gently rolling, bald hills reveal nature’s summer bounty in the form of wild blackberries, and in the fall, an apple orchard featuring a number of delicious varieties. The apples and blackberries have grown for generations atop the mountain, as much of a seasonal constant as the cool summer evenings and autumn sunsets.
This is one of the most extraordinary mountaintops in all of Western North Carolina. At 4,200 feet, there are panoramic views in every direction. Unlike many ridgelines at that elevation, Grassland Mountain is a vast expanse of wide-open meadows that are accented with apple orchards, blackberry fields, and primitive cabins. Whether on foot, on horseback, or in an UTV/ATV vehicle, families and friends can explore dozens of magical acres that are sequestered from the world below.