North Carolina Travel Information

Ridgecrest is located 17 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40, Exit 66, approximately 30 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport.
Getting to Asheville...

Via Airplane

Asheville Regional Airport is serviced by several carriers including Continental Express, Delta Connection, Carriers ASA and COMAIR, Northwest, US Airways, and US Express. For more information, visit http://www.flyavl.com/.

Directions From Asheville Regional Airport to Ridgecrest To reach Ridgecrest by car from the airport, go west on I-26 toward Asheville; at junction of I-40, go east on I-40 to Exit 66. At the top of the ramp, turn left. At the first junction, turn right (onto Old U.S. 70), and continue a short distance to the Ridgecrest entrance on the left. The main route for Ridgecrest is to get on either I-40 East or West depending on where you are traveling from in the country.

Because the drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains is so beautiful, many Ridgecrest guests enjoy flying into other airports. This often times is a more economical option as well, as these larger airports generally offer discounted rates through the larger carriers such as Northwest, Delta, United, American, US Air and Continental.

Here are some other airport options. Their websites will provide driving distances and directions to the Asheville area.

Charlotte/Douglass Int'l, Charlotte, NC - approx. 120 miles from Asheville
Greenville/Spartanburg, SC airport - approx. 90 miles from Asheville
Greensboro, NC  - approx. 170 miles from Asheville
Knoxville, TN - approx. 120 miles from Asheville

Via Rental Car

Because of the airport distances, you may have to rent a car or van at the airport to get to Ridgecrest. Higher Things will not be providing a shuttle service to the airports. There are several car rental agencies available at the Asheville Airport including Avis, Budget, Hertz and National. The other airports listed also have these rental companies as well as other options. Here are some sample driving distances to get to Ridgecrest.

Driving Distances From:
Atlanta, GA ..................215 miles
Charleston, SC..............275 miles
Charleston, WV.............310 miles
Charlotte, NC.................110 miles
Chattanooga, TN............240 miles
Cincinnati, OH...............385 miles
Columbia, SC................165 miles
Gatlinburg, TN...............100 miles
Greensboro, NC.............150 miles
Knoxville, TN.................130 miles
Lexington, KY...............300 miles
Nashville, TN.................310 miles
Raleigh-Durham, NC......235 miles
Roanoke, VA................240 miles
Savannah, GA...............320 miles

Via Car or Charter Bus

Driving Directions
The drive to Ridgecrest through the Blue Ridge Mountains is absolutely beautiful. Follow Interstate 40 to Exit 66 (Ridgecrest). At the top of the ramp, turn left (if coming from Nashville or the west), right (if coming from Winston-Salem or the east). At the first junction, turn right (onto Old U.S. 70), and continue a short distance to the Ridgecrest entrance on the left.

For more driving information, take a look at the North Carolina Department of Transportation website. It has road construction, weather, traffic flow, and links to neighboring state road information.

Via Amtrak Train

Amtrak does not directly serve Asheville, but it does connect to both Greenville/Spartanburg as well as Charlotte.

Via Greyhound Bus

Asheville, Greyhound Station
2 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805

Telephone Numbers:
Greyhound Package Express: 828-253-8451
Customer Service: 828-253-8451
Greyhound Charter: 800-454-2487

Hours of operation are subject to change. Please call to verify hours before making travel arrangements.

Asheville Local Transportation Information

Bus Service

Asheville Transit
(828) 253-5691

Taxi services

A Red Cab Company
828-232-1112

Sky Shuttle Service
828-253-0006

Airport Limousine Service
828-670-7488

New Bluebird Taxi
828-258-8331

Yellow Cab Company
828-253-3311

Ridgecrest Weather