HOURS & DIRECTIONS
WEDNESDAY MARCH 6, 2024
Painters Greenhouse is just off the beaten path in Old Fort, NC, centrally located about 30 miles from Asheville, Lake Lure, and Morganton.
FROM BLACK MOUNTAIN, ASHEVILLE, & MORGANTON
Take I-40 to Exit 73. Travel south 2.5 miles on Bat Cave Rd. and turn right on Pine Cove Rd. (at the yellow Painters Greenhouse sign). Continue another 2.5 miles, and turn left on Roy Moore Rd. Customer parking is immediately on the left.
FROM LAKE LURE
Take NC 9 north. Turn right onto Old Fort Rd. and follow 4.7 miles, passing the Gateway Mountain entrance. (The road is called Bat Cave Rd. after the Gateway entrance.) Continue 3.9 miles and make a sharp left onto Roy Moore Rd. Continue on Roy Moore, straight through the intersection by the church, for approximately 1 mile. You will see the greenhouse on the right. Pass the first parking lot (for deliveries and employees only), and continue to the main entrance for customers.
FROM THE SPRUCE PINE AREA
Take 80/221/226 south to US 70 W. Turn right on US 70 W and follow into Old Fort. Turn left at Catawba/Main Street. Continue straight for 2.5 miles on Bat Cave Rd. and turn right onto Pine Cove Rd. (at the yellow Painters Greenhouse sign). Continue another 2.5 miles, and turn left onto Roy Moore Rd. Customer parking is immediately on the left.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT
Enjoy These Area Attractions Alongside your Visit to Painters Greenhouse
TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE THROUGH 2024 - is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in WNC and an easy hike perfect for people of all ages (parts of the trail are all-terrain wheelchair accessible, but a few sections further along require walking through streams).
Explore the beauty of our native aquatic species! Most of us don't think of snorkeling in our local streams or lakes, but there is a huge diversity of fascinating and colorful fish, crustaceans, aquatic insects and more to be discovered!
The first 6 miles of The Old Fort Gateway Trails are OPEN! These 6 miles of new trail are part of a 42-mile expansion and represent some of the most accessible and user friendly trails in Pisgah National Forest. Whether you are an avid mountain biker, hiker, trail runner, or equestrian user, these trails have something for everybody.
REFUEL AFTER A BUSY DAY SHOPPING FOR PLANTS
Old Fort is thriving, with new businesses and restaurants popping up all the time! After a long day of plant shopping refuel at some of our favorite local spots:
Grab a pint at the newest brewery in Old Fort, featuring Whaley-grown and locally sourced herbs, flowers, spices, and fruits in their brews, and order a delicious wood-fired pizza from on-site Abiocco Pizzeria. Open Thursday-Sunday 12 pm - 8 pm.
An excellent spot for all-day breakfast or lunch starting at 11. Be sure to try their Smokey Shrimp & Grits! Open Wednesday - Sunday, 8 am - 2 pm.
Swing by this Old Fort staple for a tasty sandwich or salad and relax with a cold beer along the river! Open seven days a week, check website for hours.
DIG INTO HISTORY & GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING
Discover the history of Western North Carolina at this museum in the heart of Old Fort. Located in a lovely historic building and featuring two historical cabins on the grounds, it's a good spot to picnic by the creek, learn the history of the area, and explore rotating exhibits from around the state. Admission is free.
Dedicated to promoting the arts in Old Fort and surrounding areas, this gallery has an amazing variety of art by local artisans and a range of fun and affordable classes.