Turkey Pen


Also make sure you have enough time to get there.

Our outing will be at Turkey Pen, about 35 minutes (barring traffic) south 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).



Going south from Asheville, there is construction and severe traffic delays on I-26 East. We highly recommend taking this route via Highway 191, which is not much longer and far more pleasant anyway.

From Greenlife Grocery, head south on Merrimon Avenue towards downtown for a tenth of a mile and get on I-240 West.  In a third of a mile, take the exit for I-26 East. Continue to follow signs for 240W/I-26E/I-40.  In 1.3 miles, keep right at the fork to stay on I-26 East.

In 5 miles, take exit 33 for NC 191 towards the Blue Ridge Parkway. Off the ramp, take a left onto 191 south. In about five miles, 191 will run into NC 280. Take a right and stay on 280 for approximately 7 miles.

At the Henderson/Transylvania County line, just past Boyleston Creek Baptist Church, turn right onto Turkey Pen Road. The road is a bit rough. Do not go all the way to the parking lot at the end of the road. Go approximately 1 mile and look for cars pulled over on the left. It will be a tight fit for us all, so please try to save space.