Visiting Earthaven

The best ways to visit Earthaven are to:

  • Come for a Tour (see below)
  • Attend a Class
  • Sign up for a Live & Work arrangement

Please do not arrive at Earthaven without having made confirmed arrangements in advance. Call 828-669-3937 to make a reservation for a tour. Office hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday plus noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. Other times, please leave a message. Or email us by using this form or emailing: It may take several days or a week for us to respond to your email.

Our rule about pets (no matter how lovable they may be) is never bring them.

See How to Get Here, Maps of Earthaven, and Earthaven Weather.


Public Tours. We offer public tours on alternating Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Tour dates for 2014 are January 11 and 25; February 8 and 22; March 8 and 22; April 12 and 26; May 10 and 24; June 7 and 21; July 12 and 26; August 9 and 23; September 13 and 27; October 11 and 25; November 8 and 22; and December 13. Call 828-669-3937 to make a reservation for a tour. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register. The fee for the tour is $15 per adult and we welcome additional donations to help support our outreach efforts. The tour lasts two to three hours and is mainly outdoors, so be sure to dress for the weather. Please bring your own food if you think you’ll get hungry. On Saturday afternoons, there are sometimes community work projects or in-depth tours of members’ homesites available (the morning tour guide announces afternoon work projects or tours). More information about Saturday tours.

Private Tours. Besides regularly scheduled Saturday tours, our tour guides are available for 2.5- to 3-hour guided tours of Earthaven, including specialized tours focusing on natural building, permaculture design, sustainability, or other topics of interest. Private tour fees are $40 for one person, $50 for two people, and $20/person for three to five. Lower rates apply for larger groups. We do not accept credit cards. Contact our private tour coordinator at 828-669-6861×3 or   We sometimes need at least a week’s notice to arrange a private tour. For shorter notice, please call rather than emailing. There may be times when no guide is available to give a tour. More information about private tours.

Group Tours. Earthaven also offers Group Educational Tours, a customized experience for schools, universities, and groups. These tours are designed to provide learners with a deeper understanding about sustainable living in community. Some of the activities to choose from include panel discussions with members, land stewardship work projects, community celebration events, and specialized tours. For more information, or to schedule a group educational tour, please contact  

Also, check our calendar for classes and events, some of which include Earthaven tours.


The 2014 camping season will run from April 1 to November 2, 2014. In season, the campground is open to the public by reservation only. The cost is $15 a night for each adult, except that for two adults on one site the cost is $20 a night. Supporting members are entitled to one week of free camping per six months of membership, and discounted rates thereafter. To make a reservation, call 828-669-3937 or email us by using this form or emailing

You will receive a confirmation and information on procedures. Campground Orientation (please read).

Water is available at the campground, but please bring your own food. Earthaven does not have facilities to serve food to the public.


Here is a list of options for accommodations in the area.