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    Cedar Cross Retreat Center is situated in a rural portion of Franklin County halfway between US-1 and US-401.  Located approximately 6.5 miles east of Kittrell, North Carolina, it takes about one hour to get there from downtown Raleigh or Durham. 

    Please follow the appropriate set of directions below that matches your starting location.


    FROM RALEIGH: (Takes 1 hour from downtown) 

    • Take US-401 North, Go through Rolesville and Louisburg.
    • Continue north 6 miles to Ingleside (US-401 turns right here)
    • Continue straight for 2 tenths mile (this is now NC 39).
    • Turn Left onto Rocky Ford Rd, and go 3 miles.
    • At the Rocky Ford intersection (Melvin's Market is there), turn Right onto Epsom-Rocky Ford Rd, and go only 2 tenths mile past a tan trailer, brick house and blue trailer on the right.
    • Turn Right into driveway at the blue trailer.  The driveway has a street sign marked, "Cedar Cross Way."
    • Drive a half mile (may feel like a mile) back to the Lodge.
    • Alternate: Take US-1 North to Franklinton, follow directions as if from Durham.

    FROM CARY, NORTH CAROLINA: (Takes 1 hour and 15 minutes from downtown Cary)

  • Take I-540 to Capitol Blvd (US 1 North)
  • At Kittrell just after divider in road ends, watch for Kittrell Grocery on left.
  • Turn Right onto Main St., cross RR, go 3 miles to Bobbitt intersection.
  • Turn Right onto Bobbitt Rd. and go only 2 tenths mile.
  • Turn Left (sign says to Rocky Ford) and go 3.5 miles to Rocky Ford.
  • Turn Left onto Epsom-Rocky Ford Rd. and go only 1 tenth mile.
  • Turn Right onto Cedar Cross Way. (We share driveway with folks in blue house.) Follow drive straight back a half mile to Lodge.
  • FROM SOUTHWEST RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: (Takes 1 hour from I-440 at Gorman Drive)

  • Take I-440 East to I-264 bypass(just past Poole Rd.)
  • Stay on I-64 East and take the Louisburg exit (5-10 miles after speed limit change (65 to 70 MPH)
  • At end of exit ramp, turn left onto 39 North.
  • Stay on 39 North through Bunn (only one turn to the left at Food Lion in Bunn).
  • At stop sign in Louisburg, turn right and continue on 39 North.
  • In about 5 miles, 401 North turns right while 39 North continues straight. Continue straight on 39 North but do not speed up because you will turn left very soon.
  • Turn left onto Rocky Ford Rd. and go 3 miles.
  • At Melvin's Market, tun Right onto Epsom-Rocky Ford Rd. and go one tenth mile.
  • Turn Right onto Cedar Cross Way. (We share driveway with folks in blue house.) Follow drive straight back a half mile to Lodge.
  • FROM DURHAM AND CHAPEL HILL: (Takes 1 hour from downtown Durham)

    • Take I-85 North to Henderson.
    • Exit 214 to NC 39 South.
    • Take Right onto 39 South.
    • Go through town and cross US 1.
    • Follow directions from Virginia starting at NC 39 South.*

    FROM VIRGINIA (& Henderson, 20 minutes)

    • Take I-85 South to Henderson.
    • Exit onto 218 onto US 1 exit left lane to Raleigh, go about 3 miles to 3rd exit.
    • Take NC 39 (Henderson)and turn left at top of ramp.
    • Proceed on NC 39 South from US-1 for 7 miles to Epsom (road widens to 4 lanes).
    • Turn Right on Rocky Ford-Epsom Rd (convenience store at corner)
    • Go 3 miles, past Joe Ward Rd, road curves to right, pass trailers on left.
    • Turn Left onto Cedar Cross Way (We share driveway with folks in blue house.) If you get to Melvin's Market, turn around and come back 1 tenth mile.
    • Drive a half mile back to the Lodge.


    • Take US-64 West
    • Take NC 581 North at Spring Hope to Louisburg.
    • See directions From Raleigh.

    When you arrive, unload vehicle at the Lodge and then go to parking area.

    Our phone number is (252) 431-0829

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    Updated: October 27, 2010