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 Long Branch Environmental Education Center, about 35 minutes northwest of downtown Asheville; see directions 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. There will also 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!
278 Boyd Cove Rd, Leicester, NC 28748
Head south on Merrimon Ave towards Orange Street. Take I-240W 1.3 mile then keep left at the fork to stay on US19S/US23S/US74 ALT W. In 1.1 mile, turn right onto NC 63W.
Take NC 63W for 11 miles, then turn left onto N Turkey Creek Rd. In 1.4 miles, slight right onto Earlys Mountain Rd. Continue straight for just under 6 miles (becomes Sandy Mush Rd, then Bald Creek Rd), then turn right onto Boyd Cove Rd. In about a mile and a half, after passing the farmhouse on the left (with the sign saying “Farm House 1917”), pick up speed slightly and veer left to go up the steep hill into the parking lot. If you prefer, you may also park down by the farmhouse (to the far right, off of the driveway, next to the bamboo). Your guide will meet you there.