Set on 362 acres of gently rolling, hardwood forest land, Chestnut Ridge is a natural haven. Not only can you visit and enjoy community together, but a short walk will provide the quiet sounds of nature and restful solitude.
Morris Center – Dining and Conference Hall
With a great hall, spacious tiled restrooms, and a fully equipped commercial kitchen, the Morris Center is the location for all meals served at Chestnut Ridge and offers heated and air-conditioned dining and meeting space for up to 150. This is also the location of our administrative offices. The expansive deck overlooks Lake Fellowship and offers a wooded path down to the Lake Chapel. The Morris Center is equipped with an audio/visual system that includes a drop-down screen, microphones, speakers, and projector. This system allows guests to play DVDs, CDs, plug in guitars or other instruments, and show PowerPoint or other computer oriented presentations.
As an extra convenience to our guests, the Morris Center has high-speed, wireless internet access free of charge. Sometimes being on retreat means being able to keep the email inbox empty!
Call about reserving the Morris Center for your next weekend retreat, corporate meeting, planning retreat, birthday party, or family reunion.
A substantial renovation in 2009 means Falcon is even better suited to hosting your retreat than ever. Come and see what the buzz is about and why this is our most popular building.
Falcon has modern heat, A/C and offers six different sleeping areas and five full baths. Falcon sleeps 32 and can host a meeting of 45. The large front porch with built-in seating offers a great place for small group breakout discussions or a leisurely afternoon.
Crane Lodge has a 30-person capacity meeting room, stone and mortar fireplace, central heat and A/C, and full bath facilities. Two adjoining rooms serve as sleeping quarters for up to 16 guests.
Elm, Oak, Maple, Birch and Mebane Cabins
Each cabin offers central heat/AC, two restrooms with showers, and sleeping space for 12 guests. The cabins are secluded in a beautiful wooded area, but accessible by car and convenient to the other lodges and the Morris Center.
Building on the Chestnut Ridge legacy of summer camp in covered wagons, the three-season shelters are clustered two to a site over a total of six sites. Each rustic site can sleep 10 – 28 people depending on the location. Bringing a big group? Reserve multiple sites – all within easy walking distance of one another. Each site has a picnic table, campfire circle with cooking grate, and cold running water. Rustic Site #6 is located adjacent to the Remote Bath House, providing flush toilets and warm showers in the great outdoors. All other sites are free to use the central Bathhouse located in the Main Camp area for showers and restroom facilities.
The Pavilion provides weather protected, outdoor activity space. With it’s ceiling fans, lighting, and electrical access, it makes a wonderful space for large group gatherings, church picnics, games, and bands.
Constructed in 2003, this tournament grade, double volleyball court features 12-inch deep sand to satisfy even the most discriminating player. It also doubles as a huge sandbox for the little ones.
Our 10-acre lake is the place to be for canoeing, wildlife spotting, reflection, and gentle strolls. The path around the lake is an easy 20 minute hike over generally flat land. Benches placed along the path are great for resting and enjoying nature’s beauty. Along the path you will also notice the labyrinth on one side and the zipline overhead. Lake Fellowship is teeming with wildlife, including turtles, birds, snakes, and fish. Fishing is welcome on the lake, but only Chestnut Ridge watercraft are allowed on the lake.
This outdoor chapel on the edge of Lake Fellowship offers a sacred space for worship surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. Benches at the chapel can seat over 100 people, and the stone altar provides a location for the sacraments.The lake chapel is the perfect place to hold a quiet devotion or sing praise songs at the top of your lungs. You are invited to join us for morning prayer at 7:45am each morning during summer camp, or when retreats are on-site.
All buildings have ramps, and several buildings are fully accessible to wheelchairs. The camp offers year-round accommodations in 7 buildings for group sizes up to 108 guests. All year-round buildings have modern heat and air-conditioning. Rustic Sites provide an authentic camping experience that provide a further 136 beds.
Tent camping is welcome and encouraged. We have established tent camping sites that are ideal for a “car camping” experience, complete with picnic table, water access, and campfire circle. We’re also happy to host those who are looking for a more backcountry experience. We have many off-the-beaten-trail locations that are perfect for a minimal impact experience. This type of tent camping necessitates the use of Leave No Trace principles.