Recreation

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. You can always inquire about the availability of our greenspaces and recreational opportunities by contacting the front desk of Assembly Inn at frontdesk@montreat.org or 828.669.2911.


Robert Lake Park

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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 frontdesk@montreat.org or 828.669.2911. If you’d like to reserve the gazebo for parties, gatherings, etc. you should also contact the front desk.


Lake Susan

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Fishing in Lake Susan is available year-round with a permit in designated fishing areas marked by signage around the lake. Permits can be purchased at the front desk of Assembly Inn or in the Montreat Store, both located centrally to the lake. For the policies regarding fishing please visit our Rules page. If you have questions, please contact the front desk of Assembly Inn at frontdesk@montreat.org or 828.669.2911.

Fishing Permit Prices:
Daily: $5 
Weekly: $20
Four Weeks: $75
Season: $135

During the summer months, you can also enjoy paddle-boating and canoeing on Lake Susan. See Summer Recreation below.


Green Spaces

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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 the front desk of Assembly Inn at frontdesk@montreat.org or 828.669.2911.


Shopping

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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 knowledgable 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:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm (non-summer)
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am–7:00 pm (summer, June 5-August 4)
Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm (year-round)
Closed Sunday

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.

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


Summer Recreation

Boats

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During the summer months, you can enjoy paddle-boating and canoeing on Lake Susan when lifeguards are on duty.

Hours:
2:00-6:00 pm daily

Rates:
$4 per boat per half hour

No reservations taken.

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

Swimming

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

Hours:
1:00-6:00 pm daily
(Lap swim ONLY from noon-1:00 pm, Monday thru Friday )

Rates: (free for children under 3)
Daily: $5 per person
Weekly: $84 per family
Four weeks: $250 per family
Season: $400 per family

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

Tennis

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

Hours:
Mon-Fri : 9:00 am–6:00 pm,* 
Sat: 12:00 noon–4:00 pm
Sun: 2:00–5:00 pm 
*except from 9:00-10:00 am and 2:30-3:30 pm on Monday & Friday.

Rates:
$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

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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

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During the summer months, public hikes led by Montreat's summer wilderness rangers take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and some Saturdays. The 2019 Public Hike Schedule will be available in May. For more information on hiking in the area visit our Wilderness page!

Crafts and Pottery

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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.