Swimming Pool

The 70,000-gallon pool is salt-water treated for skin and eye comfort. No chlorine is used. It features stepped entry and a spiral water slide. Three connected yet distinct sections accomodate everyone from beginners to advanced swimmers. A shower house and large shelter house are located adjacent to the pool.


The lake offers a wide variety of water activities. An enclosed swimming area with a sand beach is divided into shallow and deep water areas. Popular lake activities include the AquaJump, kayaks, paddle boats, paddle boards, and fishing. Adjacent to the swimming and boating areas is a a shelter house perfect for family activities.


The possibilities for games and recreation at Wilderness are endless! Some crowd favorites are:

  • 9 Square in the Air
  • GaGa (two pits)
  • Human Foosball
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Basketball (two courts)
  • Fizzy Tag
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Noodle Ball
  • Centipede Dodgeball
  • Team-Building
  • Obstacle Courses


Light pollution seriously degrades the ability to view the stars at night. Away from city lights, the Astronomy Field is a great place to focus attention on our universe. Complete with telescopes and a small observatory dome, novices and professionals alike can enjoy the view at Wilderness. During the total solar eclipse of 2017, guests from 33 states, Australia, and Great Britain watched from Wilderness.


There are many campfire locations at Wilderness:

  • Rainbow Fire Ring
  • Spirit Fire Ring
  • Trinity Fire Ring
  • Campground Fire Ring
  • Tree House Village Fire Ring
  • Lakeside Worship Area Fire Ring


People of all ages enjoy hayrides. The typical hayride highlights the many facets of Wilderness while providing the opportunity to sing, chant, or just sit back and relax. Thirty-minute rides are available with shorter versions upon request.

Game Room

While the focus at Wilderness is normally on the wonders of nature, there are times when it isn't practical to be outside. Guests can fill those times at the Game Room located in the lower level of Spirit Lodge. Included are four-square, ping pong, foosball, and a variety of other activities limited only by one's imagination.


For the adventurous, Wilderness offers five different hiking trails ranging in length from .16 to 3.0 miles. Hikers enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors, including identification of plants, trees, birds, and other wildlife, all while on any of these trails. Pack a lunch or snack to stop and eat along the way, but ensure that all trash is disposed of properly. Check with the Office for instructions for a "creek stomp" as you cross Flat Rock Creek on two of the trails.

Meditation Trail & Prayer Labyrinth

For those who want to enjoy the outdoors but not tackle a strenuous hike, Wilderness offers both a Meditation Trail and a Prayer Labyrinth.

The Meditation Trail is a short stroll through giant trees with points along the way for focusing on a specific facet of nature and reflecting on its application in life. Participants often complete the trail with a renewed and refreshed sense of purpose.

The Prayer Labyrinth was developed by a group of teenagers while on a retreat at Wilderness. Modeled after a traditional labyrinth, participants focus on and pray about their surroundings on the way into the labyrinth, stopping in the center to refocus and begin their walk out reflecting on and praying about their inner feelings. Like the Meditation Trail, guests frequently exit the labyrinth spiritually refreshed.