Directions to Hickory Nut Forest
Directions to Laughing Waters (Hickory Nut Forest's Retreat Center)
From downtown Ashevillle take I-240 east, pass under I-40 and take 74A east toward Bat Cave, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Lake Lure. (If coming from I-40, take exit 53A and take 74A east.) Laughing Waters is approximately 13 miles from I-40. Drive through Fairview and up the mountain on a series of very curvy switchbacks. Go PAST Hickory Nut Gap Farm and on up the mountain. At the top is the continental divide and a sign for Gerton. Pass the Gerton Post Office (on the left), Gerton Fire Station (on the right), and Hickory Nut Forest (on the right where you will see a sign that says Laughing Waters, 1/2 mile ahead). From this point, Laughing Waters is less than a mile on the right, #3963. Look for the split rail fence and an old log cabin. Turn right into the entrance at the blue Laughing Waters sign. Parking starts at the top and also includes spaces off to the left as the road goes down to the retreat center. There are special needs parking spaces in front of the building and others in the circle of the driveway.
From points west and south:
If coming from the south, take I-26 west to Hendersonville, and then take 64 east to Bat Cave. Turn left onto 74A heading up the gorge toward Asheville. Laughing Waters is approximately 4 miles up the road. You will pass Creekside Campground on the left, a long red store on the right (formerly Moonshine Junction) and then a stone wall with a burnt chimney on the right. Laughing Waters is on the left at the blue sign and split rail fence and old log cabin, #3963. Parking starts at the top and also includes spaces off to the left as the road goes down to the retreat center. There are special needs parking spaces in front of the building and others in the circle of the driveway.
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