2019 Excursions (on and off campus)
***Below is our 2018 Excursions. Some of these will be repeated while some will be replaced. Check back as we get closer to the retreat for an updated list.***
Below is a list of our 2018 excursions. We do ask that you sign up prior to coming (by clicking below) so that we have ample enough time to find everyone a ride to the excursions. As always, if you can help offer rides, let us know.
• Tubing in Green River Gorge: Cost: $10; CLICK TO SIGN UP
• Jump Off Rock & St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, offers a unique perspective on prominent families in Southern and national history. (Handicap Accessible, bring a quarter $0.25) CLICK TO SIGN UP
• Grandad's Apples N' Such Country Store & Bakery (Handicap Accessible, Free with exception of what you may spend). Select pre-picked fresh apples right off the tree from our assorted bins inside the store or the opportunity to pick your own from the orchard is available! More than 20 different varieties of apples that can be purchased pre-picked! You may mix and match your varieties. Apple Varieties / Ripening Schedule Inside the barn you will now find the bakery with plenty of new apple goodies! Try the apple cider doughnuts or have some ice cream! You can find delicious apple pies, carmel apples, fresh cider (made here) and cider slushies! Bakery Menu: CLICK TO SIGN UP
• Apple Festival: Cost: Free, CLICK TO SIGN UP
• Hiking Dupont National Forest and Waterfalls: Cost: Free; CLICK TO SIGN UP
• Carl Sandburg Home: Cost: $5.00 & Hiking Glassy Mountain (Free) 1.5 Miles moderate climb (bring water, a snack & comfortable shoes with traction) Also called the "Glassy" trail, this one climbs from near the main house up to the round, flat summit of Glassy Mountain, which is the highest point in the park at 2783' elevation. This one is a bit steeper and is longer than the rest of the trails here. It passes an old reservoir and a couple of rock outcroppings thru a pleasant forest with lots of white pines, some of them quite large, before ending at a larger rock opening with a view to the northwest. CLICK TO SIGN UP
For more ideas including some things you can do on your own such as the Biltmore House and/or Grove Park Inn in Asheville,
Once you arrive at the retreat, you will get a brochure and map of area attractions. http://www.bonclarken.org/nearbyattractions.html
The pool is a central hub of activity during the summer. Guests of all ages enjoy the opportunity to swim and relax. Pool Saturday 1-5:00pm and Sunday, 2-5:00pm.
Hammocking: You are welcome to bring your hammock and hang it up at various locations through the campus.
Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, a tranquil afternoon of fishing, walking around the half-mile trail, and a quiet picnic at the lakeside gazebo. Lake open on Saturday 1-5:00pm and Sunday 2-5:00pm. No outside water craft allowed. If you want to fish, you must bring your own equipment, catch and release, no license required.
Athletic Fields/Courts Available year-round on a first-come, first-served basis
The athletic fields provide ample space for all kinds of outdoor activities and field games including volleyball, soccer, and tennis.
Disc Golf Course
Bonclarken’s 18-hole disc golf course travels through wooded areas, open fields, and across streams. As a great, low impact activity, the course is very popular with all ages.
Bonclarken offers a variety of habitats including creeks, meadows, marshland, and wooded areas to observe birds and other wildlife. Click here for area birding information
A visit to the Bonclarken Gift Shop is a special trip indeed! Souvenirs and Bonclarken apparel items are available, as well as unique handmade items and gifts donated to Bonclarken by Women Ministries groups from Associate Reformed Presbyterian churches. Hours are posted in the office and vary from season to season. Hours: 1-5pm on Saturday, 2-5pm on Sunday.