Directions to the Festival


The Toe River Storytelling Festival will be held in beautiful, historic, Bakersville North Carolina. Bakersville is just a little over an hour northeast of Asheville, at the base of Roan Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Eastern United States.

Directions from Asheville: Take I-26W to US-19E at exit 9 [Burnsville/Spruce Pine]. Turn right off the ramp onto US-19E and continue until you pass through Burnsville and are heading toward Spruce Pine. Just before you reach Spruce Pine, turn left on NC-226 and continue until you reach Bakersville.

Directions from Boone: Take NC105 to Linville. Turn left onto NC-181/US-221S. Continue on 221S. Turn right onto NC-194S [Three Mile HWY]. Turn left onto Mullen Hill Rd, then left again onto US-19E. After you pass Spruce Pine, turn right onto NC-226 and continue until you reach Bakersville.

Directions from Charlotte: Take I-85S toward Gastonia to US-321N at exit 17. Continue on US-321N to exit 43B for I-40W toward Asheville. Take exit 86 for NC-226N [Marion/Shelby]. Turn right onto NC-226N and continue onto US-221N [Marion by-pass]. After approximately 12 miles, turn left onto NC226-N. Turn right to stay on NC-226N [toward Spruce Pine] and follow up the mountain. At the top of the mountain, turn right to stay on NC-226N and follow through Grassy Creek. Turn left onto US19E S and then take the second right onto NC-226 and continue until you reach Bakersville.

Directions from Johnson City, TN: Take I-26E/US-23S to exit 32 for TN-173 toward Unicoi Rd. Turn left off the exit and then right onto Erwin Hwy/TN-173. Turn left onto TN-107E and follow up the mountain into NC, where the road will become NC-226S. Pass through Buladean, Red Hill, and Loafer's Glory, and continue until you reach Bakersville.

Directions from Greenville, SC: Take US-276N to US-25 and continue until entering NC. Near Flat Rock, follow signs for I-26/Hendersonville/Asheville and merge onto I-26W. Take a slight right to stay on I-26W [signs for I-26W/Asheville/I-240]. Take exit 4A on the left for US-19/US-23/US-70/I-26 toward UNC Asheville/Weaverville. Merge onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N and continue to exit 9 [Burnsville/Spruce Pine]. Turn right off the ramp onto US-19E and continue until you pass through Burnsville and are heading toward Spruce Pine. Just before you reach Spruce Pine, turn left on NC-226 and continue until you reach Bakersville.

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