Do NOT enter “Laughing Waters” in Google Maps
IF YOU GPS, MAKE SURE IT GOES TO THIS LOCATION.
Also make sure you have enough time to get there.
Our outing will be at Laughing Waters, about 30 minutes southeast of downtown Asheville. 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).
Take Merrimon Avenue toward downtown, then turn left to get onto 240E/US 70E. In 4 miles keep right to stay on I-240E, then continue onto US-74 ALT E. In 14 miles, after passing the main entrance to Laughing Waters on the right, the road will curve back on itself:
Right before it curves back again, look for the second driveway on the right. It will be across from a red building that looks like this:
Here is the second driveway. You can see that it passes to the right of a little brown cabin:
The driveway is rough, but within 20 feet, ends at an orchard. Your guide will meet you there.