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AS IF Center is located next door to High Cove community in the mountains of North Carolina, about an hour northeast of Asheville, at 1229 Rebels Creek Rd, Bakersville. Cell service is spotty in the area, so it’s a good idea to print, write, or otherwise save these directions.
From Asheville: AS IF Center is about 1 hour from Asheville. From the Asheville airport, follow I-26 West to I-240 East. I-240 to the northeast (toward downtown) takes you around to US19/US23 North. (Note: It gets a little confusing in Asheville, so watch the signs closely. This will be the 3rd US19/23 exit, after “business” and “south.” Look for the signs to UNC-A and Weaverville.) Take NC 19/23 (future I-26 East) north from Asheville to exit #9. NC 19 becomes NC19E. Drive east past Burnsville. Turn left at State Highway 80 North.
***** Directions from 80N to AS IF Center: Follow 80 N to Rebels Creek Road. Turn right at the little white Rebels Creek Baptist church. About 1.2 miles up Rebels Creek Road, you will pass the “High Cove” sign, and Appalachian Way, on the left. Keep going just past High Cove — next door you will see the Yellow House, 1229, on the left. Please go past the main driveway, past the AS IF Center sign, and park in the second driveway area. If that’s full, please park along the side of Rebels Creek Road across the street from the house.
From Raleigh/ Eastern North Carolina: Take I-40 west to Marion (Exit #86). Follow Rte. 226 north past Marion and up the mountain. After passing under the Blue Ridge Parkway at the crest, continue to follow 226 down into the outskirts of Spruce Pine (past the Walmart). Turn left on to NC 19E and follow it west to highway 80. Turn right at Highway 80 N, and follow the ***** Directions from 80N to AS IF Center above.
From the North and East: I-81 will take you to I-26, which you can then take south through Johnson City and toward Asheville. You follow I-26 south to exit 9 (NC 19), then follow the ***** Directions from 80N to AS IF Center above.
From the North and West: From Knoxville and I-75, I-40 takes you to Asheville. See “From Asheville” directions above.
From Atlanta: I-85 north will take you to I-26 in Spartanburg and you can follow I-26 to Asheville. A more scenic option is to take I-85 to I-985 through Gainesville, then 23/441 through Clayton and Franklin to Sylva, 74 through Waynesville, then I-40 E to I-26 through Asheville. See “From Asheville” directions above.
From Florida: The fastest route follows I-95 north to I-26 (about 12 hours from Sarasota). From Tampa, Sarasota, and points south on the gulf coast, we recommend I-75 north to Ocala, then US 301 north to I-10 at Baldwin. Take I-10 east to I-295 (near Jacksonville) and then north on I-295 to I-95 North. Just past St. George, SC, take I-26 west to I-240 in Asheville. See “From Asheville” directions above.