A Majestic Mountain Venue

for Retreats, Private Getaways, Weddings, and more

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the property

Beautifully Restored Historic Features

Ancient stone walls, the ruins of an old farmhouse, and a reconstructed gristmill are a few of the historic sites that make up Laughing Waters.

This private, magical retreat center is just 25 minutes from Asheville, NC, nestled in the Hickory Nut Gorge, beside a tumbling creek with many waterfalls.

The bright, spacious four bedroom lodge, and the cheerful cottage can be rented together or separately.

Visitors have access to miles of award-winning hiking trails. Being here feels like going back in time.

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testimonials
“To end our time together with a rosy fingered dawn, and to pay attention to its beauty, was to hold our adventure in that moment.  So simple.  So significant.”
“A truly magical place... An amazing, life-changing experience.
Truly grateful and blessed!”
“We needed an escape from the hot, humid summer in Charleston where we could relax with minimal noise and interruption. Laughing Waters was perfect."
"A perfect week in a perfect place to leave the world behind and be alone with the one you love. Unbelievable views and a rushing stream right outside your door made this absolutely perfect."
“A truly amazing stay across the board! A nature lover’s delight! We can’t wait to go back in the summer.”
“The house was beyond our expectations. My family truly loved it. Very well equipped and very clean. Loved the mountain trails and especially the water falls.”
“Amazing hiking starts right from the door of this property. No reason to ever get in the car. A huge bonus for us was the empty room downstairs where our kids 7 and 10 had the best time playing and being kids.”
“The house is spotless, beds are comfortable, and the layout is perfect. The kitchen is fully stocked to be able to cook great meals. Don't hesitate - RUN to enjoy this slice of heaven.”
“A truly amazing stay across the board! A nature lover’s delight! We can’t wait to go back in the summer.”
“The house was beyond our expectations. My family truly loved it. Very well equipped and very clean. Loved the mountain trails and especially the water falls.”
“Laughing Waters boasts a spectacular home on an even more impressive property to create a truly home away from home experience!”
“Whether you are looking for a mountain stay while experiencing Downtown Asheville’s finest, looking for NC’s best hiking trails, or a Lake Lure getaway, Laughing Water’s close proximity to all three make it the most convenient and utterly gorgeous home to compliment your travel plans.”
“Wonderful place for a romantic weekend or a stay for a small family.”
Values & Mission

Family Run,
Community Oriented.

Laughing Waters is the hub of the Hickory Nut Forest Eco Community, which strives to be environmentally friendly stewards of the forest and its inhabitants.

Laughing Waters is a family run, community- oriented business that partners with and supports local nonprofits that are working toward a more sustainable future.

It welcomes groups and events that value living in harmony with the land.

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The Experience
You Deserve

Come together for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world at Laughing Waters.

It is the perfect place for your wedding, family reunion, personal retreat, corporate meeting, holistic workshop, romantic photoshoot, or any number of memorable experiences.

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Weddings &
Elopements

Romantic and magical, Laughing Waters is the perfect place to celebrate your union.
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Retreats

From corporate gatherings to your family reunion, Laughing Waters is a wonderful place to come together.
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Private Getaways

Whether you rent the lodge or the cottage, Laughing Waters is a serene escape from the hectic world.
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Document the Milestones

The abundance of pristine and private spots along the creek, in the orchard or forest, or near the old chimneys and gristmill provide excellent photo opportunities for your graduation, family reunion, engagement, or any of life's milestones you'd like to save and remember forever.

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