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How to Get Here

Remember, please don’t arrive without contacting us first. Email us or call (828) 669-7271 to make a reservation to visit. Please don’t make travel plans until we’ve called or emailed you back to confirm your visit. This is important! Thank you.

Note: Most cell phones cannot get a signal at Earthaven and in much of the area leading to Earthaven.

Flying to Western North Carolina
  • Asheville Airport (“Hendersonville-Asheville” Airport) is an hour away—newcomers often take longer due to mountain roads.
  • Greenville-Spartanburg (South Carolina) Airport is about 1½ hours away.
  • Charlotte Airport (North Carolina) is about 2 hours, 45 minutes away.
  • (We don’t recommend the Raleigh/Durham Airport: it’s about 4 hours away.)
Getting Here From the Airport

You can rent a car or call one of the following (in advance):

(1) Black Mountain Cab, $72 one way. Their driver knows where Earthaven is. 828-230-1121.

(2) Areawide Cab. 828-713-4710.

Driving Directions

Note: YOUR GPS WILL PROBABLY NOT GET YOU HERE. Until recently, Google Maps and other resources did not lead to our actual location. You can set it to 126 Camp Elliott Rd, Black Mtn, 28711, and then follow the directions from Camp Elliott Rd, below.

 

From the Asheville Airport

There are two ways to get here: (1) The easier, less scenic way that takes major freeways, and (2) the more scenic way on winding country roads. They both take about 50 minutes. If you’ll be traveling after dark, we recommend the first way.

  1. The easier way. Go east on the road outside the Asheville Airport to the WEST I-26 on-ramp. Go west on I-26 towards Asheville. Just before Asheville, turn onto the I-40 EAST exit and go east on I-40 to exit 73 at the town of Old Fort. Then follow the directions for “From Interstate 40,” below.
  2. The more scenic way. Go east on the road outside the Asheville Airport to the EAST I-26 on-ramp. Travel on east I-26 and get off at the second exit, Highway 64/Hendersonville. Turn left over the freeway onto Hwy 64/Bat Cave. Go about 25-30 minutes (winding road in some places) until the T-intersection with Hwy 9. Turn left onto Hwy 9, then take the next immediate right, which is also Hwy 9. (Hwy 9 jogs here.) Then follow the directions for “From the south,” below.
From the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport

Take Hwy 85 East to I-26. Take I-26 West towards Asheville. Just before Asheville turn onto the I-40 EAST exit and go east on I-40 to exit 73 at the town of Old Fort. Then follow the directions for “From Interstate 40,” below.

From the Charlotte Airport

Take I-77 north to I-40 WEST in the town of Statesville. Go west on I-40 to exit #73 in the town of Old Fort. Then follow the directions for “From Interstate 40,” below.

From Asheville

Follow the directions for “From Interstate 40” below. Plan one full hour driving time from Asheville or Hendersonville; plan 30 minutes from the I-40 exits at Old Fort or Black Mountain. (We are 30 minutes outside of downtown Black Mountain!)

From Interstate 40 (east or west)

Take exit 73 at Old Fort, heading south on Bat Cave Road for 8.5 miles, and take a left on Camp Elliott Road. You will see a sign for Asheville Academy.

Alternate route from the west: take Hwy. 9 south from Black Mountain for 9.5 miles then left onto Old Fort Road; you will cross a steel bridge. [To find the turn, follow signs for Gateway Mountain, because the Old Fort Road sign is sometimes down.] After turning, go 3 to 4 miles, and turn right on Camp Elliott Road.

From the South

Take Hwy. 9 north from Lake Lure/Bat Cave for about 7 miles, take a right on Old Fort Road (look for the road sign on the left), go 3 to 4 miles, turn right on Camp Elliott Road.

After turning onto Camp Elliott Road

Go about a mile down Camp Elliott Road, past Asheville Academy School. After the school, please reduce your speed to 15 mph. You will come to the end of the pavement, where the road forks, with Full Circle Trail on the right, and Another Way straight ahead through an open metal gate. Proceed through this gate, and you are at Earthaven. <The Earthaven speed limit is 7 mph. Cross one bridge and look for parking on the left before you reach the next stream. Tours start at the Visitor Kiosk on the right.

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Upcoming Events

Decolonizing Permaculture: Exploring the Principles through an Equity Lens

Saturdays, May 22 – June 19 11am – 1pm Eastern Time

Join us on this exploration of the celebrations and challenges of permaculture as seen through the lens of three “marginalized” voices. Amakiasu Turpin-HowzeTyson Sampson, and Lee Warren explore how the concepts of colonization, power-over, and dominator thinking have pervaded modern culture and offer suggestions about how to move towards a more holistic, equitable, integrated, and life-centered mindset.

 

Red Tent Facilitation Training

Saturday, June 5 @ 1-5 EDT

The Red Tent is a multi-generational woman-only space where women can honor the cycles of our lives. Learn how to offer Red Tent Circles and have more structure for your own personal practice. Join Earthaven Red Tent founder and community Priestess Kaitlin Ilya Wolf in the Red Tent.

Earthaven Ecovillage Experience Week

June 11-17, 2021

Join the homesteads, farms, and businesses of Earthaven Ecovillage for a hands-on, skill-building immersion in sustainable and climate-resilient community life. A residential service learning immersion in our unique community laboratory.

Reaching Nature Connection

June 18-20, 2021

An annual outdoor conference for educators, parents, administrators, camp staff, and therapists. The program is based on forest schools, wilderness awareness, and early childhood education, and is a program of the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers with CEUs available.

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