From Burnsville: go approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Penland Road. Follow Penland Road for 3 miles, at which point you will cross a bridge and railroad tracks. One mile past the railroad tracks, turn left at the big curve onto Conley Ridge Road (there is a large, steel Penland School sign here). Go all the way up the hill.
From Eastern NC: Take 226N towards Bakersville to Penland Road (2.8 miles). There is a green Penland School sign at this left turn. Drive 1.1 miles on Penland Road to a big curve. Turn sharply to the right onto Conley Ridge Road (there is a large, steel Penland School sign here) and go up the hill approximately 1 mile.