Craggy Correctional Center

County: Buncombe
Mailing and Street Address: 2992 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: (828) 645-5315
Minimum Unit Phone: (828) 645-7630
Fax: (828) 658-2183

Inmate capacity: 400
Inmate gender: Male
Custody level: Medium/Minimum
Year opened: 1989

Craggy Correctional Center, located near Asheville, is a medium/minimum security prison for adult males. In March 2014, it consolidated with Buncombe Correctional Center to house a population of adult males in medium and minimum custody.

The prison has three dormitories and seven support buildings. Craggy was the first state prison to install an electronic intrusion system security fence to alert staff of attempted perimeter breaches or escapes.

Inmates may participate in the A New Direction Program, formerly known as the Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) program. AND is an intensive inpatient treatment in a fast-moving 28-day treatment cycle with lectures, films, educational and therapy groups, as well as individual counseling. Inmates work with professional staff and peer counselors. AND relies heavily on the principles of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous with group meetings available in the evenings.

Asheville/Buncombe Technical Community College works with the prison to provide vocational classes in Food Service Technology and Facility Maintenance. Classes for adult education and preparation for the GED are also available.

Still operating at the old prison site is a Correction Enterprises laundry. Other inmate medium-custody assignments include Department of Transportation road crews, facility maintenance, janitorial, groundskeeping and food service positions.


Old Craggy PrisonThe Old Craggy Prison was dedicated in May 1924 by the Buncombe County Commissioners, Craggy was one of 51 county prisons that the state assumed responsibility for with the passage of the Conner Bill in 1931. It was one of 61 prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house inmates who worked building roads.

In 1987, the General Assembly provided $8.4 million for replacement of the old prison with a new 312-bed facility as part of a $28.5 million Emergency Prison Facilities Development program. The new prison, located about three miles from the old site, opened in May 1989.

The state opted to close the old prison and build a new one as part of the Epps v Martin settlement agreement.


Visitation is on a rotating basis on Saturdays: 8:30/10:30 and 12:30/2:30. Offender can provide schedule or one can be picked up at visitation.

Sunday: 8:30-10:30 a.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; and 3-5 p.m.

The visitation time schedules rotate based the inmates' last name. Inmates are provided a visitation schedule that shows the day and time their visit takes place. They are responsible for advising their visitors of the day and times for their scheduled visits. If visitors are not sure of the day or time for their visit, they are encouraged to call before coming. Special visits and non-contact visiting is by appointment only.

Visitors must call (828) 645-5315, ext: 225 in order to schedule special visits.


Take I-40 toward Asheville, then take I-240 from either direction east or west. Take the Weaverville exit off of I-240 onto I-26 west /U.S. 19/23 north. Follow I-26 west /U.S. 19/23 north to the Woodfin/Merrimon Ave. exit. At the bottom of the ramp, make a right turn, followed by an immediate left turn at the traffic signal. Go 1.3 miles and take a left onto the Old Marshall Highway. Go approximately 1.6 miles to the first stop sign. Go straight at the stop sign, crossing Highway 251, which will be the Buncombe/Craggy Access Road. The first facility in approximately a half-mile is the minimum custody unit, and the medium custody facility is approximately a half-mile beyond.