Recreation is central to our mission, and we are proud to offer so many recreation opportunities and green spaces around our campus. We encourage responsible use of our outdoor spaces when they are not in use by the conference center. View the rules and regulations for these spaces here.

NOTE: Our summer season is between Memorial Day and early August. As such, some of our activities will only be available during this time period when we have Summer Staff available.

Shopping | Robert Lake Park  |  Lake Susan  |  Green Spaces


Whimsical socks at the Montreat Store.

The Montreat Store

The Montreat Store is an awesome mix of boutique, gift shop, and general store. From snacks to t-shirts to toiletries to books to pottery, the Montreat Store has it all! Also available at the store are maps of Montreat and the trails surrounding, along with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Check it out on the second floor of the Moore Center (303 Lookout Road Montreat, NC 28757) or give them a call at 828.669.5298.

Montreat Store Hours:
10:00–5:00 pm

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade shop that supports artisans around the world. It's located on the third floor of the Moore Center Building. Learn more about Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat and find their store hours on their website.

Business Patrons

Montreat Conference Center's mission is also supported by generous Business Patrons.

Robert Lake Park


Robert Lake Park is owned and maintained by Montreat Conference Center, and we have to say, it's one of the best playgrounds around!

The park is open publicly to individuals and families from dawn until dusk. So that everyone may freely enjoy the park, alcohol, firearms, and dogs are prohibited in Robert Lake Park.

If you wish to visit Robert Lake Park with a group, please submit a permission request before coming to the park with the front desk of Assembly Inn at or 828.669.2911. If you’d like to reserve the gazebo for parties, gatherings, etc. for a nominal fee you should also contact the front desk.

Lake Susan


Lake Susan is owned and maintained by Montreat Conference Center.

Fishing is allowed in Montreat’s streams and in designated areas of the lake with a permit. Permits can be purchased at the front desk of Assembly Inn and at the Montreat Store.

Fishing Permit Prices:

Daily: $5
Weekly: $20
Four Weeks: $75
Season: $135

Refer to signage around the lake for fishing/non-fishing areas and please follow all posted rules. Please review the rules listed below before you go.

Please continue to follow all fishing rules found on our Rules page. If you have questions, please contact the front desk of Assembly Inn at or 828.669.2911.

Our canoes and paddle boats are only available in our summer season. Learn more about our Summer Recreation below.

Green Spaces

Children Dancing on Sally Dowd Green Field.
Montreat Conference Center’s green spaces include Welch Field, Moore Center Field, the Dowd Green, and Anderson Lawn. We encourage responsible use of our greenspaces when not in use by the conference center. To reserve a greenspace, or to inquire about its availability, contact Betsy Clover at or 828.419.9815.