Highland Activities

Highland Retreat offers a variety of outdoor activities for our guest groups to enjoy.

In general, these activities are free for overnight guests. Anyone interested in enjoying Highland activities but not staying overnight should contact the office in advance; you may be asked to pay a day use fee.

Challenge Course

Highland offers an extensive challenge course program complete with low and high elements including a Zip Line and Super Swing. Unlike other Highland activities, the challenge course carries an additional fee and must be scheduled ahead of time to ensure instructor availability. Visit our challenge course page to learn more.

Cornhole Boards

We are happy to share our Highland Cornhole boards with guests. Stop by the office and pick up a set for your time here.

Disc Golf Course

Highland’s disc golf course has 9 holes in a loop that starts and ends near the top of the paved Upper Highland Drive, where the road splits into several gravel lanes. The course passes through woods and fields as it circles Mountain View Retreat Center. Stop by the office to borrow some discs if you don’t have your own.

Game Rooms

The Red Oak Lodge game room is spacious fun including foosball, pool, carpetball, ping pong, and air hockey. The Mountain View game area includes ping pong, foosball, and carpetball. Game room use is exclusive to the groups staying in each building.

Human Foosball Court

Human foosball is a great game for groups, and its location just past the pool makes it an ideal activity to enjoy in conjunction with swim times. Station your teams (4 to 10 players per side) along the 8 fixed pipes and enjoy a fast-paced soccer game within the walls of the court.


We have four playgrounds on the Highland grounds, including two at the Upper Highland Campground, one near Mountain View Retreat Center, and one behind the Tabernacle pavilion. An additional swing set and bouldering wall is located near Sassafras Pavilion.


A well maintained pool is located on the lower grounds. The pool includes a large 3′-5′ section, a diving area, and a baby pool. Highland Retreat’s pool is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. For more information, including regular hours and rates, visit our pool page.

Recreation Fields

A softball field is located between Red Oak Lodge and the Upper Highland Campground. Another softball field and a soccer field are on the lower grounds near the pool. Other open areas suitable for group play can be found near Red Oak Lodge, Mountain View Retreat Center, and the Lower Highland Campground.

Recreation Courts

Basketball and tennis courts are located outside of Mountain View Retreat Center. Another basketball court is next to the pool. A gaga court is located near the kitchen deck.

Trails and Hiking

Highland has an on-site trail system with over four miles of hiking, including the 2.5 mile perimeter loop trail. The field and forest trail is 1.5 miles and offers more gradual hiking with several possible spurs to shorten the hike. The pond, tree house, and Tabernacle Ridge are all fun destinations.

Off-site Activities

There are countless recreation options within an hour and a half of Highland Retreat, including West Virginia, Blue Ridge, and Shenandoah Valley attractions. Visit our nearby attractions page to learn more.