Lower Highland Campground

The Lower Highland Campground is ideal for groups of 30 to 150 people seeking to camp with a full service shelter (the Tabernacle) and multiple bathhouses. The proximity of campsites, A-frame camping cabins, and rooms at Mountain View Retreat Center make the area ideal for church retreats requiring a variety of lodging options. Families and smaller groups can often find space to camp in the Lower Highland Campground, too.

The Lower Highland Campground is open from May 1 to November 15, but is not available for mid-week rentals when Highland Summer Camps are in session (mid-June through early August).

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Lower Highland Campground Amenities

  • The Lower Highland Campground has 16 designated campsites, arranged for both group camping and individual use. Groups desiring exclusive access to the area may reserve the entire campground, or at least the 8 sites closest to the Tabernacle pavilion.
  • Two bathhouses are located within a short walk from anywhere in the Lower Highland Campground.
  • Water and electric hookups are available at most sites.
  • Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring for outdoor cooking.
  • A playground, shuffleboard court, volleyball court, and recreation fields are located nearby.

Lower Highland Campground Policies

  • Check-in time is 6pm and check-out time is 2pm, unless other arrangements are made with the camp staff. When another group is not using the camping area, a group may often come earlier than the normal check-in time or may stay longer. Guaranteed extended check-in/check-out times can be arranged with the office for an additional fee, based on availability.
  • Smoking, alcoholic beverages, firearms, fireworks, pets, and all-terrain vehicles are prohibited anywhere on Highland Retreat property.
  • Campfires should only use established fire rings. Firewood is available for a modest fee. Please do not bring your own firewood.
  • All camp quiet time is 11pm. Early risers should be considerate of other guests.
  • Groups are responsible for general cleaning before departure. Pavilions should be free of all litter. Picnic tables should be returned to their original locations. Grounds should be clean of litter.

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Lower Highland Campground Rates, 2022

Groups reserving exclusive use of the area near the Tabernacle pavilion:

  • With hookups: $38.00 per unit per night
  • Primitive/without hookups: $28.00 per unit per night
  • Youth groups: $9.00 per person per night
  • Minimum fee: $168.00 per night
  • Camping cabin rentals ($48.00 each per night) can also count toward the group’s minimum fee

Individuals and Families (camping rates include 3 adults):

  • With 30A or 50A hookups: $42.00 per night
  • With 20A hookups: $38.00 per night
  • Primitive/without hookups: $30.00 per night
  • Additional adults: $9.00 per person per night

Lower Highland Campground Rates, 2023

Groups reserving exclusive use of the area near the Tabernacle pavilion:

  • With hookups: $40.00 per unit per night
  • Primitive/without hookups: $28.00 per unit per night
  • Youth groups: $10.00 per person per night
  • Minimum fee: $168.00 per night
  • Camping cabin rentals ($52.00 each per night) can also count toward the group’s minimum fee

Individuals and Families (camping rates include 3 adults):

  • With 30A or 50A hookups: $44.00 per night
  • With 20A hookups: $40.00 per night
  • Primitive/without hookups: $30.00 per night
  • Additional adults: $10.00 per person per night

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Tabernacle Pavilion

The Tabernacle pavilion can be reserved by groups of 30 to 250 people.

The Tabernacle is open from May 1 to November 15, but is not available for rental mid-week when Highland Summer Camps are in session (mid-June thru early August).

Tabernacle Pavilion Amenities

  • The shelter features a large built-in stage on one end and a circular stone fireplace on the other.
  • The Tabernacle has a large kitchen and separate BBQ pit.
  • The kitchen contains refrigerators, freezers, microwave, and stoves, but is NOT stocked with general use items such as pots and pans.
  • Picnic tables are available, as well as benches, folding chairs, tables, and cornhole boards.
  • Two bathhouses are located within a short walk from the Tabernacle.
  • A playground, shuffleboard court, volleyball court, and recreation fields are located nearby.

Tabernacle Pavilion Policies

  • Check-in time is 6pm and check-out time is 2pm, unless other arrangements are made with the camp staff. When another group is not using the Tabernacle, a group may often come earlier than the normal check-in time or may stay longer. Guaranteed extended check-in/check-out times can be arranged with the office for an additional fee, based on availability.
  • Smoking, alcoholic beverages, firearms, fireworks, pets and all-terrain vehicles are prohibited anywhere on Highland Retreat property.
  • Campfires should only use established fire rings. Firewood is available for a modest fee. Please do not bring your own firewood.
  • All camp quiet time is 11pm. Early risers should be considerate of other guests.
  • Groups are responsible for general cleaning before departure. Pavilions should be free of all  litter. Picnic tables should be returned to their original locations. Grounds should be clean of litter.

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Tabernacle Pavilion Rates, 2022

Overnight groups:

  • Base rate: $174.00/night in summer, $158.00/night non-summer
    • Base rate covers pavilion use by overnight guests and up to 20 day guests (those not staying at Highland overnight)
  • Additional day guest fees:
    • $4.00 per extra day guest on a Saturday
    • $2.00 per extra day guest on a Friday or Sunday

Day use of the pavilion: $4.00 per person, $174.00 minimum rate (for a full day)

Tabernacle Pavilion Rates, 2023

Overnight groups:

  • Base rate: $182.00/night in summer, $160.00/night non-summer
    • Base rate covers pavilion use by overnight guests and up to 20 day guests (those not staying at Highland overnight)
  • Additional day guest fees:
    • $5.00 per extra day guest on a Saturday
    • $2.50 per extra day guest on a Friday or Sunday

Day use of the pavilion: $5.00 per person, $182.00 minimum rate (for a full day)

To check on availability, learn about deposit and cancellation policies, or inquire about a reservation, visit the Reservations page.

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Tabernacle pavilion building address: 20593 Lower Highland Dr, Bergton, VA 22811
Mailing address/Main Office: 14783 Upper Highland Dr, Bergton, VA 22811