Camp Merrie-Woode is located at: 100 Merrie-Woode Road, Sapphire, NC 28774
100 Merrie-Woode Road, Sapphire, NC 28774
Camp Merrie-Woode is approximately a 3 hour drive from Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, and Knoxville, TN, and a 2 hour drive from Greenville, SC.
If you are arriving by car, please arrive between 9:00 and 11:00 am on Opening Day.
Camp Merrie-Woode is located in Sapphire, NC on Highway 64. It is approximately 35 minutes west of Brevard, NC; 5 minutes east of Cashiers, NC; and 30 minutes east of Highlands, NC.
From Knoxville, TN
Take I-40 East toward Asheville. Exit west on 23/19A toward Sylva, following the signs to Western Carolina University. In Sylva, take 107 South approximately 25 miles to Cashiers. At the stoplight in Cashiers, turn left onto US-64 East. The camp road is on the left, 3.5 miles east of Cashiers directly across from The Gamekeeper’s Tavern restaurant.
From Asheville, NC
Take Exit 40(airport exit) off of I-26. Follow Highway 280 to Brevard, picking up US-64 West in Brevard. Stay on US-64 West through Brevard and continue for approximately 25 miles toward Sapphire. The camp road is on the right directly across from The Gamekeeper’s Tavern restaurant.
From Greenville/Spartanburg, SC
Take I-85 South to I-385. Continue to Hwy. 183. Follow Hwy. 183 to Hwy. 178. Turn left on Hwy.11. Continue on Hwy. 11 to Hwy. 130 (Whitewater Falls Road). Go 9.5 miles, take a left turn (Hwy. 413 or Wigington Road) and travel for 2 miles. Turn right onto Hwy. 107. Travel 9 miles to Cashiers and at the stoplight in Cashiers. Turn right onto US 64 East. Travel 4.0 miles. The camp road is on the left directly across from The Gamekeeper’s Tavern restaurant.
From Atlanta, GA
Take I-85 to Exit 1 in SC. Turn left onto SC-11 and continue for 33 miles. Take the left fork on the Whitewater Falls Road. After 9.5 miles, take the left fork and travel for 2 miles. Turn right onto Hwy. 107. Travel 9 miles to Cashiers and at the stoplight, turn right onto US-64 East. Travel 3.5 miles. The camp road is on the left directly across from The Gamekeeper’s Tavern restaurant.
From Chattanooga, TN
Take I 75 North; Exit US-64 Bypass toward Cleveland, TN. Follow US-64 Bypass to US-64 East (follow signs toward the Ocoee River). Stay on US-64 East through Murphy, Franklin, Highlands, and Cashiers. In Cashiers go straight through the traffic light. The camp road is on the left directly across from The Gamekeeper’s Tavern restaurant.
Download printable Driving Directions here.
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All airline reservations should be made to and from the Asheville, NC airport. Our camp staff will assist campers and provide transportation to and from the Asheville airport on Opening and Closing Days at no charge. Flights into Asheville, NC are limited; therefore, make airline reservations early. We request that you reserve flights that arrive at the airport before 12:00 pm so we can get campers to camp in time for opening activities. Flights home at the end of the session should be morning flights. Please email all camper itineraries and flight confirmation numbers to the camp office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hold all flight information, travel money, and identification documents in the office until the departure date.
Camp will assume responsibility for your daughter when a Merrie-Woode staff member meets her at the Asheville airport. Campers usually get to camp 2-3 hours after arrival. The camp office will call you to let you know when your daughter has arrived at camp.
Luggage traveling by air should be sent as checked luggage on your daughter’s tickets. Because luggage may arrive at camp after your daughter, she should have a small carry-on bag with a camp uniform, bathing suit, towel, and toiletries so that she can participate in activities upon her arrival at camp.
Be sure to check with the airlines about “Unaccompanied Minor” forms (girls under 15 years of age) and pay all associated fees when you book your tickets, for both arrivals and departures. Attach these forms to the return portion of the tickets as the airlines do not accept minors without them. Do not assume that the airline does not require a fee because the booking agent does not mention it. Campers have missed flights in the past because parents have tried to avoid unaccompanied minor charges. Use Denice Dunn as the name of the person meeting your minor camper on the unaccompanied minor form.
Opening Day is the most exciting day of camp! Campers arrive between 9:00 and 11:00 am on Opening Day. Please be patient upon your arrival and drive slowly in and out of the camp road. We will greet you at the Welcome Lodge where we will let your daughter know what cabin she will be in. Cabin assignments are not given out before this. This is a long standing tradition at Merrie-Woode. We encourage you to help your daughter settle into her cabin on Opening Day and look around camp, but not to linger too long. The good-bye process can be difficult for new and old campers alike and we’ve found it best not to prolong it. We have a busy schedule of fun activities planned all day and it is important for your daughter to get involved in these activities after she settles into her cabin. Because of orientation and staff training schedules, we cannot accommodate campers before 9:00 am on Opening Day.
Opening Day Traffic Map (PDF)
Opening Day Procedures (PDF)
More detailed information regarding Opening Day procedures for the 2016 summer coming soon!
During the last week at Merrie-Woode, campers and staff finish up activities and look forward to several closing events, including Final Campfire, Camper Vespers, and our Final Banquet Dinner and Show. These ceremonies are designed to help each girl recognize and value all that she has accomplished during her time at camp, bringing closure to the camp session. We strongly discourage campers from leaving before Closing Day.
Pickup for campers is between 8:00 and 10:00 am on Closing Day. If you arrive in the area prior to Closing Day, please do not visit camp. The last few days are special times within the close-knit camp community and parent visits disrupt the camp atmosphere. Feel free to spend time touring camp with your daughter on Closing Day. A continental breakfast will be available in the Dining Hall. Drop in for a cup of coffee, meet your daughter’s new camp friends, and don’t be surprised if your daughter starts planning her next summer at camp before you’re off the camp road!
The surrounding area offers many accommodations near Camp Merrie-Woode. We are located in Sapphire, NC. You can find Cashiers, NC only 10 minutes away from camp. Highlands, NC and Brevard, NC are about 30 – 45 minutes away.
High Hampton Inn and Country Club: 828-743-2411
High Hampton Inn and Country Club hosts a pre-camp party from 5:00 – 7:00pm the night before each session’s Opening Day. We’d love to see you there! Email the camp office for more details at email@example.com.
Hampton Inn, Sapphire: (May require a two night minimum) 828-743-4545
Laurelwood Inn: 828-743-9939
Old Edwards Inn and Spa: 866-526-8008
The Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway: 828-966-4700
Hampton Inn, Brevard: 828-883-4800
Pebble Creek Village: 828-743-0623
Barkwells, The Dog Lovers’ Vacation Retreat, with rentals near Brevard: 828-699-4022
You may also find it helpful to visit the following links for full accommodation listings and other area information.
Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce: 828-743-5191
Highlands Chamber of Commerce: 866-526-5841
Transylvania County Tourism: 800-648-4523
Things To Do In Our Area
While near camp, we encourage you to spend some time exploring the surrounding area. The mountains of Western North Carolina are home to some of the most beautiful and rich landscapes in the country.
In downtown Cashiers and Highlands, you can enjoy many local shops and restaurants. Take a hike up Whiteside Mountain or down to Whitewater Falls.
If you enjoy the arts, there are a variety of cultural events. In the summer, the Brevard Music Center always has exciting performances planned. Go see a play at the Highlands Playhouse or the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Down the road a bit, near Hendersonville, NC, you can find the celebrated State Theatre of North Carolina, Flat Rock Playhouse. Directly across the street from the Flat Rock Playhouse, you can visit the historic Carl Sandburg Home.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll want to visit Panthertown Valley, Dupont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and Gorges State Park. Take advantage of trails and rivers where you can hike, bike, swim, boat, and horseback ride! Or take a whitewater rafting trip with the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
For more information on local attractions, visit the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, and the Transylvania County Tourism websites. You’ll find more information, links, addresses, and phone numbers to assist you in making the most of your visit when you come to camp!