Laughing Waters

Do NOT enter “Laughing Waters” in Google Maps


Also make sure you have enough time to get there.

Our outing will be at Laughing Waters, about 30 minutes southeast of downtown Asheville; see directions from Asheville below. Please 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.

If you have any trouble and do have signal or can get to a phone, call the office at 828-209-8599. If there’s no answer, we may be on the line with someone else. Leave a message and we will return your call within 10 minutes.

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, as there will not be a bathroom available on site.

Finally, 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!


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, you will come to the orchard on your left.

Here is the entrance to the orchard:


Directly across from this on the left:


…are two driveways. The entrance is the second one on the right. It looks like this:



The driveway is rough, and you immediately pass a little brown cabin on the left. Abby will meet you in the orchard.


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Always learn from an expert, preferably your parents.