Activities

Hiking

Montreat Conference Center wildernessMontreat Conference Center is surrounded by approximately 2,500 acres of pristine wilderness that is permanently protected and will never be developed. The landmass of the Montreat community, as a whole, is approximately 4,000 acres, and is an important corridor for access to the wilderness beyond its borders. Conserving the Montreat wilderness is significant to the ecology of the entire region, including neighboring mountain preserves – the North Fork Watershed Natural Area, the Pisgah National Forest – and several thousand acres of private land surrounding Montreat’s wilderness border. Adjoining these large tracts of contiguous land are the Blue Ridge National Scenic Byway, Mt. Mitchell State Park, Middle Creek Research Natural Area, and the Black Mountain Natural Area. The Montreat Wilderness area makes a significant contribution to this larger “macro-preserve.”

To help protect this land and the entire Montreat valley, we have teamed up with other organizations to create the Montreat Landcare Committee. Together we can keep this place special not only for our visitors, but also for our residents, our wildlife, and all of our future generations. Please visit the Montreat Landcare website for updates on our partner, our projects and opportunities to volunteer.

Montreat Conference Center nature centerVisit us at the Nature Center (Summer)

(Closed for season)

During the summer months, public hikes take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and some Saturdays. Download the 2016 Public Hike Schedule now! You may also call 828-669-9540, stop by the Nature Center, check out the latest issue of This Week in Montreat, or check out our Facebook group for more information. You may choose to participate in public hikes led by our summer wilderness ranger staff, or you may hike on your own. Download a free trail map. Please see Rules & Regulations for important safety and conservation information.

Hike on Your Own (Year-Round)

In the non-summer months, trail maps are available for hiking on your own. Download a free trail map or pick up a map at the Montreat Store (open year-round, Mon-Sat) in the Moore Center Building. Please see Rules & Regulations for important safety and conservation information. 

Guided Hikes (Year-Round)

Montreat Conference Center hikingThere are more than 20 trails in Montreat stretching almost 30 miles. These trails offer a variety of hikes for all skill levels. Let our experienced ranger staff lead your group on a hike! Make it your own by taking your group to the mountaintop for morning vespers, meditation, or sunset.

Great for family reunions, church groups, conferees, school field trips, scout trips, photography groups, and office group-building!

Rates: $75 per group up to 15 people; additional fee of $3 per person for every 15 additional people (Does not include lunch)

If you would like to schedule a guided hike, please contact Jason Nanz at jasonn@montreat.org or 540.797.2334.

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