Riceville Retreat


Also make sure you have enough time to get there.

Our outing will be at Riceville Retreat, about 15 minutes east of downtown Asheville; see directions and Google map 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 may not have cell phone signal or GPS reception. 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!


624 Upper Grassy Branch Extension, Asheville, NC 28805

Take a right on Merrimon Ave towards downtown. Turn left to merge onto I-240 east. In 2 miles, use the 2nd from the right lane to take to exit 7: highway 70. Use the middle lane to turn left (east, away from the mall), then the left 2 lanes to take the ramp onto US70E/Tunnel Road.

In about 2 miles, take a left onto Riceville Road (at the light with a McDonalds on the right and an Rite-Aid on the left). In 1.9 miles, turn left onto Upper Grassy Branch Road. Take the first RIGHT onto Upper Grassy Branch Extension to the 2nd house on the right, after the trailer park and Schnauzer Lane. It’s white, set back behind a large oak tree, with blue trim and a detached garage. Your guide will meet you there!

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