IF YOU USE GPS, MAKE SURE IT GOES TO THIS LOCATION.
Also make sure you have enough time to get there.
Our outing will be at Bad Fork, about 25 minutes (barring traffic) southwest of downtown Asheville; see directions and Googlemap below. Do not rely on your GPS until you make sure it matches these directions or you will very likely get lost. Also keep in mind that once you leave the interstate, you will probably NOT have cell phone signal. You may not have GPS reception either. So make sure you print or save these directions beforehand and follow them precisely.
These directions are from central Asheville, specifically, from Greenlife Grocery (our local Whole Foods). We recommend buying snacks or even a picnic lunch for after the tour, as well as “using the facilities” while you’re there.
Finally, remember that if you’re planning to bring some of our “catch of the day” to one of our partner restaurants, you MUST make a special reservation (see here). See you in the woods!
Head south on Merrimon (towards downtown), then take a right onto the ramp for 240W. In about 1.5 miles, keep right at the fork to continue onto I-26 East.
In about 5 miles, take exit 33 for NC 191 toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. Use the left two lanes to turn left onto NC 191S/Brevard Road. In 2.4 miles turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Take the Parkway south(right) for 6.9 miles. At mile marker 400.25, turn left on the short, unsigned, gravel access road for FS Roads 479/5000, which pass underneath the Parkway at Bent Creek Gap. This access road is on the left side only, and being unsigned, is VERY easily missed. Your guide will meet you there.
See you in the woods!