WELCOME TO HICKORY NUT FOREST

Sustainable Living in a community of ​forever-wild ​lands, green-​solar ​homes, ​organic gardens/orchard, and renewable energy from solar and water. Nestled in the beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.

Green Built Homes & Available Lots

Green Built Homes & Available Lots

Live in a unique sustainable community close to Asheville, NC that combines land conservation, green-built homes, organic gardening and renewable energy from solar and water power.

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Gardens & Orchards

Gardens & Orchards

Enjoy our organic gardens and heirloom orchard with 75 old-time apple trees.

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Weddings

Weddings

Celebrate your wedding in the gorgeous mountains of Southern Appalachia at the beautiful Laughing Waters Retreat Center.

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Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Hickory Nut Forest is a Net Zero Energy Community, making more energy from renewable sources than is used.

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Recreation

Recreation

Enjoy hiking trails, mountain biking, swimming, herb walks and numerous outdoor activities.

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Forever Wild Lands

Forever Wild Lands

Forever wild, protected land surrounds Hickory Nut Forest. We have kept the most special places wild for all to enjoy: the cascading streams, tumbling waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and distant vistas. With over six miles of hiking trails, residents and visitors enjoy the adjoining 800 acres in both Little Bearwallow Mountain and Florence Nature Preserves.

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Featured Videos

Laughing Waters

A Bird's Eye View

Spring Flowers

VISITING THE AREA

Hickory Nut Gorge

Hickory Nut Gorge

Hickory Nut Gorge is a magnificent jewel in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Over the eons, the winds and waters have carved this 10-mile granite gorge through spectacular, sheer cliffs. Starting at the Eastern Continental Divide, the tumultuous waters of Hickory Nut Creek cascade for miles over small, beautiful waterfalls and merge into the powerful, boulder-strewn Broad River, before finally coming to rest at Lake Lure.
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When in Asheville

When in Asheville

Asheville, one of the most popular towns in the country, is only 25 minutes away. Asheville has become the mecca for arts, music, crafts, and theater. It also has a wonderfully friendly, laid-back, diverse population of people of all ages from all over the world. Here you can find everything you could want in terms of restaurants and dining, culture and arts, a wide variety of entertainment and excellent health care.
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RECENT BLOG POSTS

  • We Now Have a Roof on the Model Home in Hickory Nut Forest

        Our builder has been moving right along on the model home. We now have all the doors, windows, rough electric, rough plumbing, chimney for the wood stove, and the heating ductwork is going in today. Next week we will get the insulation and......

  • New Trail Fence in the Orchard

    We just completed building a new fence for the hiking trail that goes around the apple orchard headed up Little Bearwallow Mountain. We used locust posts and rails collected from dead trees on the land. After we cut and hauled the wood, we drilled the......

  • New Green Home Construction

    Our new solar-green home is under construction in Hickory Nut Forest. The walls are up and the roof will go on soon. It will be a 3-bedroom passive solar house with a large porch and deck to enjoy the outdoors. If you are considering a......

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