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21st Century Forestry

North Carolina SAF 2016 Summer Meeting

June 8-10, 2016

Laurel Ridge
124 Pendry Drive, Laurel Springs, NC 28644

Hosted by the Piedmont Chapter, North Carolina SAF


Lodging and Meeting Location

Laurel Ridge is located in Wikes and Ashe Counties south of the Blue Ridge Parkway and west of NC State Route 18. For dirving directions and map CLICK HERE. All meeting sessions take place in the Higgins Lodge (pictured above) and our group accommodations are located in the same building, just a short walk away. 


Because Laurel Ridge is a retreat center you coordinate your own meals and overnight accommodations. If you choose to stay somewhere other than Laurel Ridge, you MUST STILL purchase meal tickets in advance for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday, June 9th.  Meal ticket prices are:

  • Breakfast  $    8.00
  • Lunch   $  10.00
  • Dinner  $  12.00

Meal tickets are not required for the morning and afternoon refreshments breaks on June 9th.
To purchase your meal tickets in advance, call 336-359-2951.

A limited number of guest rooms are set aside for our group - first come first served!  If you are an individual attendee who is interested in defraying loding costs, Laurel Ridge reservation staff will help you find a roommate. Room rates (tax included) and short descriptions are below.

  • Salem Wing of Higgins Lodge - Rooms with Private Baths (24 rooms avail.) $ 90.00/night/room, single or double occ. If needed, ask about bed types, and crib options.
  • Bishops Wing of Higgins Lodge - Rooms w/ semi-private baths (24 rooms avail.)  $ 80.00/night/room, single or double occ. If needed, ask about bed types, and crib options.

To reserve a room AND / OR purchase your meal tickets in advance, call 336-359-2951.


Camping, motels and B&B options are all available in the Laurel Springs area in Alleghany, Jefferson, and Ashe Counties. Parking at Laurel Ridge Retreat is available at no charge for those who choose to stay elsewhere. Below are some sources of information on the Internet that show these options, but be sure to do your own careful research!