WELCOME TO HICKORY NUT FOREST

Sustainable Living & Retreat Center 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

  • 10th Anniversary

    10th Anniversary of Hickory Nut Forest and Laughing Waters On Saturday, August 30th, 2014, we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Hickory Nut Forest and Laughing Waters. When we began this project back in 2004, we had no idea it would evolve into what it......

  • Foxgloves

    I just finished transplanting into larger pots about a hundred little foxgove plants i started from seeds this year. i brought these back last year from the coastline of wales and saved them. i wasn’t sure they would make it, but so far they are......

  • Our Community Garden This Year

    It is so fun to see the little veggie starts growing into full blooming plants. We are already eating lettuce, arugula, kale, mustard greens, kohlrabi, broccoli and some herbs. The squash plants, potatoes, tomatoes, beans are peas are all getting bigger. I think the manure......

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