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.

Robert Lake Park  |  Lake Susan  |  Green Spaces  |   Shopping

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


Fishing in Lake Susan is available year-round in designated fishing areas marked by signage around the lake. Permits would be required under normal circumstances, but we are waiving permits and fees until the lake is restocked. 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

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 Sarah Skinner at or 828.419.9845.



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.

Summer Recreation



Between early June and early August, you can enjoy paddle-boating and canoeing on Lake Susan when lifeguards are on duty.

Open Daily: 2:00–6:00 pm
Rates: $4 per boat/half hour
No reservations taken.

For more information about the boats, call 828.669.0593 (summer only).



Our outdoor swimming pool is open to the public during the summer months.


Open Daily 1:00–6:00 pm
Lap swim ONLY from noon–1:00 pm, Mon.–Fri.

Rates: (free for children under 3)

Daily: $5/person
Weekly $84/family
Four Weeks: $250/family
Season: $400/family

For more information about the pool, call 828.669.0593 (summer only).



Enjoy a game of tennis at the Patricia Cornwell Tennis Center during the summer months.


Mon. & Fri. 10:00 am–2:30 pm | 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
Tues.–Thurs. 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Sat. 12:00 noon–4:00 pm
Sun. 2:00–5:00 pm

$3 per person per hour

For information on reserving a court in the summer, please call the Bill Wilde Youth Center at 828.669.9757 in advance (summer only).

Barn Dances


Barn Dances happen every Friday night from 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm during the summer months, as we celebrate the tradition of “Friday Night at the Barn” with the music of the Stoney Creek Boys and calls by the Bannerman family. There’s plenty of big circle mountain dancing and novelty dances, too. All are welcome and admission is free!

Public Hikes


During the summer months, public hikes led by Montreat's summer wilderness rangers take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and some Saturdays. For more information on hiking in the area visit our Wilderness page!

Crafts and Pottery


During the summer months, you can participate in pottery and craft classes with expert artists at the Wilbur Hoke Currie Craft Center and Sally Jones Pottery. Open studio time is also available. Learn more about  our craft and pottery offerings here.