Our outing will be at Earthaven Ecovillage, about 45 minutes southeast of downtown Asheville. We meet on site. 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 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.
Earthaven is an internationally-known ecovillage. If desired, you can bring a bag lunch and take a private tour of the community that afternoon.
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).
***THERE IS NO CELL PHONE SERVICE ONCE YOU GET ONTO OLD FORT RD AND CAMP ELLIOTT RD. PLEASE WRITE DOWN OR SAVE DIRECTIONS ON PHONE.***
Earthaven Ecovillage Center
Consensus Cir, Black Mountain, NC*
*do not rely on your GPS until you make sure it matches these directions or you will very likely get lost.
There directions are from Asheville. If you are coming from other areas, you can use these directions.
From Greenlife Grocery, take Merrimon Avenue toward downtown, then turn left to get onto 240E/US 70E. In 3.7 miles, use the left 2 lanes to merge onto I-40E toward Statesville. In 19.7 miles, take exit 73 for Old Fort.
Continue onto Catawba River Road for 0.2 miles, then turn right (south) onto Bat Cave Road. In 6.8 miles (see “A Map to Earthaven” below), this becomes Old Fort Rd. In another 1.7 miles (for a total of 8.5 miles), make a left onto Camp Elliot Road (there is a sign for “Asheville Academy”).
After turning onto Camp Elliott Road, go about a mile, passing Asheville Academy on the left. After the school, please reduce your speed to 15 mph. You will come to the end of the pavement, where the road forks, with Full Circle Trail on the right, and Another Way straight ahead through an open metal gate. Proceed through this gate, and you are at Earthaven.
The Earthaven speed limit is 10 mph.
Drive about 0.5 miles. You will cross one bridge and pass signs saying “Campground” and “Village Center Parking.” Park in the gravel parking area on the left, across from a field, just before a fork to the right and a bridge to the left. Your guide will meet you there.