There are many ways to get here, but the quickest and easiest is via WV State Route 36. GPS, Google Maps or MapQuest can get you as far as Route 36. However, do not attempt to use them after that. You will only be guided down roads that will get you lost and/or reminiscent of the movie, “Moth Man.” Please follow the specifics on the map or written directions below.
TIPS FOR SAFE & COMFORTABLE TRAVEL
FOR THE DRIVER: There is a driving etiquette followed by most West Virginians on narrow, single-lane paved, dirt, or gravel roads in the hollers. Those heading “in” should have right-of-way. Those heading “out” should pull over and stop, and at night, turn beams down to parking lights. However, there are hills and blind curves everywhere, so go slowly at all times, and be prepared to stop on your way in OR out. Road shoulders are narrow, and sometimes non-existent along streams. Rather than pull over too far and fall in the creek, best just to stop and allow the other driver to maneuver passed you.
FOR THE PASSENGER: I never got car-sick before I moved to West Virginia. Roads here are winding, narrow and hilly, and only get more-so off the interstates. Take medication before the state line (so it has time to kick-in), or follow these tips:
- Drive, sit in the front seat, or as close to the front as possible.
- Do not look out the side windows – only the front – and watch the yellow lines.
- Do not read in the vehicle. Lay down, close your eyes, or sleep through it.
- For some, eating a little something settles an empty, queasy stomach.
FROM WEST VIRGINIA STATE ROUTE 36:
Reset your trip meter to zero and be ready to start counting your miles.
NOTE: If you have not already taken your car-sickness medication, it’s too late now! In addition, please call now while your cell still has half a bar’s worth of a signal, and we’ll know to start keeping an eye out for you.
304-927-5798 – Jeannie’s cabin OR
304-927-2326 – the Group House, “Denver’s”
304-927-5630 – Bill’s house
FOR GROUPS COMING FOR SERVICE PROJECTS:
- Heading South on 36 ( 6 miles from Spencer), turn LEFT onto Otto Road.
Heading North on 36 (13 miles from Amma Rd. or 23 miles from the Newton Clay Exit off I-79), turn RIGHT onto Otto Road.
- Follow Otto Road (single-lane paved) for 5.3 miles. Do not turn right at any fork even though the road gets rougher. Otto Rd. turns to gravel after 4 miles, at its junction with Clover Road.
- At 5.3 miles on Otto Rd., the group house, “Denver’s,” is an small, old WHITE farmhouse with GREEN roof, on your LEFT. It has a two car garage, and a small schoolhouse set back in the same yard.
- If you cross over the bridge or reach a dead end at Orchard Run, you’ve gone too far.
TO THE FARM
Heading South on 36 (6 miles from Spencer), turn LEFT onto Otto Road.
Heading North on 36 (13 miles from Amma Rd. or 23 miles from I-79), turn RIGHT onto Otto Road.
- Follow Otto Road (single-lane paved) for 6 miles til it ends. Do not turn right at any fork even though the road gets rougher. Otto Rd. turns to gravel after 4 miles, at its junction with Clover Road.
- Otto Road dead ends into Orchard Run at a row of mailboxes under a big black walnut tree. Take a RIGHT onto Orchard Run (single-lane, gravel/dirt).
- Follow Orchard Run for 2 miles until it forks at a rainbow striped garbage bin. Do NOT follow the Orchard Run sign pointing to the right. Instead, follow the spur road straight and around the bend, designated by the “<–885-889” sign.
- FIRST driveway, marked “RACAR Acres,” is the Cozy Cabin in the Hills.
- SECOND driveway, marked “885,” is Turtle Hill, Jeannie’s cabin, the office of Catholic Committee of Appalachia.
- THIRD driveway, marked “889,” is Bill Reichenbach’s house.