Protecting the land and fostering sustainable community living
Hickory Nut Forest is an eco community near Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Located on over 100 acres in beautiful Hickory Nut Gorge, we are a sustainable community where adults and children live and work among caring neighbors, sharing their inspiration and enthusiasm with each other. As well as protecting the land’s biodiversity, we are growing vegetables and fruits, designing green homes, and using renewable energy from water and sun.
We have kept the special places wild for all to enjoy: cascading streams, tumbling waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and distant vistas. Over 15 miles of hiking trails exist to the adjoining 800 acres in the Florence Nature Preserve. Chimney Rock State Park is down the gorge with another 3500 acres of waterfalls and cliffs.
Laughing Waters is our community center and gathering place as well as a retreat site and educational center. We host workshops, weddings and private retreats. We have a large fire circle for bonfires, potlucks, and social gatherings.
Hickory Nut Forest has 20 lots. Community members purchase their own lots and design and build their homes. Community members may serve on committees to help with particular community aspects: land protection, trail building, renewable energy, growing organic foods, and green building. Currently, 6 homes have been built, 3 are being designed, and 9 lots are still for sale.
In addition to the magic of living in the abundance of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we are a 25-minute drive from Asheville, NC which is a cultural mecca. Restaurants, arts venues of all kinds, farmers’ markets, and opportunities for environmental activism provide an urban experience if and when the residents of Hickory Nut Forest want to participate in these types of activities.
We are continually expanding and growing and invite you to visit and learn more!
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 17
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors