All lodging at Asbury Hills is equipped with heating and air conditioning for year-round comfort and comes with porches with rocking chairs for groups to sit and relax. Below are descriptions and images of each of our facilities for housing:
Cabins are spacious with a great view. Each cabin unit has a separate entrance at ground level for male and female participants and comes complete with a deck that overlooks some of the most incredible scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Four of the cabins are ADA compliant. Bathrooms with showers are in each cabin along with bunk beds. [/one_third]
Batson Lodge is conveniently located near our Dining Hall, in the center of Asbury Hills. It has 8 hotel style sleeping rooms that accommodate from 1 to 3 people, each with a private bath and linens. There is a lounge that can accommodate small group meetings. The lodge has a large deck overlooking a small creek and all guest rooms are on ground level.
Creekside Lodge offers a quiet space for a small group. It offers five bedrooms that accommodate 2 to 3 people, each with private bath and linens. Creekside’s lounge is perfect for a small group retreat. A screened porch overlooking Matthew’s Creek completes the picture. It is a short walk to our Dining Hall.
Rice Lodge is located near the center of the camp and offers groups the convenience of being in one facility for sleeping and meetings. Rice Lodge has eight bedrooms, four on each wing that accommodate 6 to 8 people in bunk beds. Bathrooms are located in each wing. The meeting space is expandable during the warmer months with a screened-in porch and deck.
Asbury Hills has a wide variety of opportunities to engage, unite, and bring out the best in our summer campers and retreat participants.
Programmed activities led by Asbury staff include:
- Canopy Tour – Our zipline canopy tour covers seven ziplines. Fly through the trees, zip over the lake, and stand on platforms—some of which are 50 feet off the ground! Ages 11 through adults
- Alpine Tower – This 50-foot climbing apparatus offers a giant range of individual and partnered challenges. While there are 26 different climbing routes on the tower, there are almost unlimited options for team building. For group sizes 8 to 36; ages 11 through adult.
- Tree Climbing – Three different climbing trees outside our dining hall include routes that vary from fun to challenging to hard. This activity comes with climbing ropes and an Asbury Hills facilitator.
- Funky Site – This ropes course is specifically designed for elementary students incorporating bridges and lines to build confidence in participants.
- Team Building – Facilitator-led challenges help groups come together, work as a team, and share common experiences.
- Team Building Challenge Course – Challenges on our group team-building course include the wall, whale watch, tension traverse, wild woozy, all aboard, balance log, tension wires and more!
- Giant Swing – This activity combines team building and high adventure into one! Groups pull participants towards the top of the swing, where participants pull a release system and come swinging back down. Ages 11 through adult
- Leap of Faith – Are you brave enough to climb to the top of a telephone, stand on the top, and jump off? Come find out! Ages 11 through adult
- Lake Kayaking and Canoeing – Explore our lake in canoes or sit-on-top kayaks.
- Archery and Slingshot – Test your aim at our archery and slingshot station.
- Swimming Pool – We supply the lifeguards, and you have the fun in our very large pool. (Seasonal)
- Wet Willie Water Slides – Race down our dueling canvas slides into the lake. (Seasonal)
*Some activities require participants to fill out a release form, available here.
Other activities require a little less structure and oversight. Self-led opportunities for groups include:
- Campfire and Smores
- Hiking to Moonshine, Cascade, or Raven Cliff Falls
- Hiking Outpost ridge, one of our lake loops, or Mathew’s shower loop
- Games, including Gaga, 9-square-in-the-air and cornhole
- Play Carpet Ball in our assembly building
- Play Gaga (a fun ground-based dodgeball) in our Gaga Pit
- Night hikes
Additionally, Asbury can support groups with:
- AV support, including sound systems and projectors
- Extra tables set up for special events
- Pre-set campfires, so all you have to do is light a match
- Providing dedicated meeting space
If you were referred to Asbury Hills by a friend, you’ve probably already heard good things about our food service. If not, prepare to eat when you arrive! Our basic philosophy regarding food is to never run out, serve it hot, serve it on time, and be as flexible as possible for special diets.
The Dining Hall
Our dining can holds 278 people in 3 different wings, all of which have heating and air conditioning. Two of the wings each hold 99 people, while our Fireplace Room holds 80. During the fall and spring retreat seasons, we often use the extra wings for breakout meeting space.
Asbury Hills has access to many trails, including those to Moonshine Falls and Raven Cliff Falls. Depending on our guests, we welcome hikers to these trails year-round from 9am-5pm, except from May 15 to August 15, as summer camp may be in session.
Please call ahead during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM) before hiking the trails at Asbury Hills: 864.836.3711. We’ve installed a security gate at the entrance; when you call ahead and arrive at an acceptable time, you will be given a seasonal access code to enter the property. Parking and access to the trails is at the bottom of camp near the dining hall. Please do not park on the basketball courts.
While we do wish to know who is on the property, we may not notice if you fail to return to your vehicle. The trails at Asbury Hills connect with other public lands, creating a network of miles and miles of trails. We are not responsible if you get lost. Please come prepared for your hike and situations that can arise on the trail.