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We’ve Got Something Fun for Everyone In Your Family

Take your family on an adventure! Plan a trip to Refreshing Mountain in Lancaster County, PA for a wonderful experience the whole family will enjoy. With so much to see and do throughout the entire year, Refreshing Mountain offers fun for every member of your clan. Conveniently located in Lancaster County and near Hershey, PA. Come for a weekend or stay a week!

  • Beautiful Wooded Retreat Center
  • Lodging Options for Families of All Sizes
  • Safe and Family-friendly Environment
  • On-site Outdoor Activities
  • Outdoor Recreation Areas
  • Refreshing Outdoor Pool
  • On-site & Off-site Food Options
  • Close to Lancaster & Hershey Area Attractions

Family Lodging Options

On-Site Recreation

Our recreation areas are included in your stay

On-site Activities

Save 15% on activities when you book with your overnight stay

Conveniently Close to Lancaster & Hershey Attractions

We’re conveniently located between Lancaster, PA and Hershey (next to the PA Turnpike: I-76), so you’re just a short drive from lots of fun things to do in the area. Some of our favorite family attractions include:

You can get a full list of things to do in the Lancaster area from LancasterPA.com

Ready to Book Your Family Getaway?

Or Call Us At (717) 738-1490

FAQs

Your stay includes use of the outdoor facilities including the playground, hiking trails, sports areas, pond, etc. The pool is also included during the Community Pool Hours (Seasonal. Please also make note of the modest swimsuit policy). You should note that there may be times where other guest groups have reserved specific sports fields, and in those cases, the reserving group has the preference of space. Please feel free to check at the office for details of spaces that are available or not available.

  • Refreshing Mountain does supply dish soap, but any other cleaning agents you will need to bring with you.
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO TVs IN ANY OF THE CABINS OR HOTEL ROOMS
  • The cabin rental DOES NOT INCLUDE access to any indoor areas at retreat center (other than the cabin). This includes the Gymnasiums, meeting rooms, Dining Hall (unless meals are purchased), pavilions, and craft area.

No. Pets, other than service animals, are not permitted in any buildings here on-site. We do allow pets with guests who stay in campsites/tent sites.

We ask that from 11PM until 7AM, all activity moves indoors. Please be courteous to other camp guests and keep the camp quiet during this time. This means that any campfires or other evening activities should be wrapped up by 11PM. Early morning (i.e. 7AM) is a great time to go for a nature hike. The sunrise is wonderful, and the wildlife is beautiful.

Yes! There are several fire rings that can be used for campfires/cookouts. Please note that we do not provide any grills, roasting prongs, etc. Campfires should be reserved ahead of time- we will set up your campfire and provide you with all the wood and matches. If you do not reserve a campfire location ahead of time come to our office to inquire on availability. Please note the following:

  • Campfires can only be built in a designated area (i.e. a stone or metal fire ring).
  • There are 5 gallon buckets at each fire pit. Use that water to put the fire out when you are done with it.
  • Due to the proximity of the forest and the cabins, it is imperative that campfires be kept small. DO NOT BUILD A FIRE WITH MORE THAN A 2 FOOT FLAME!
  • Campfire areas are located throughout the property and may not be directly behind your cabin. When scheduling we do our best to put you in a campfire location close to your cabin, pending availability (see below).
  • Campfire areas are “first come, first served”. There are more cabins than campfire pits, so sometimes all campfire areas can be full for the evening. However, campfires are great things to share and great places to make new friends, so maybe you will get an opportunity to meet your “cabin neighbors”.

On the date of arrival, your cabin or hotel room will be ready at 4pm. Our office is not a 24 hr check-in facility so hours vary by season and day of week. If you cannot arrive during that day’s normal office hours we will try to accomodate your schedule. These details will be worked out close to the date of your check-in.

Checkout is 10am on the date of departure. A surcharge of $50 per hour may be added to your bill if you are not checked out by 10am.

  • All reservations require a 50% deposit of your total rental charges. A cancellation 14 days or more prior to your arrival date will result in a refund of the deposit, less a 10% cancellation fee (initial 3% booking fee is nonrefundable). If you cancel 3 to 13 days before your scheduled arrival date, you will lose your entire deposit (i.e. 50% of the total reservation charges).
  • If you cancel within 3 days of arrival, you will be billed for the entire reservation.

Adventure Recreation:

We have a number of adventure recreation options. Ask the office about adding on the Ziplines, Horse Rides and Farm Animal Experience, the Elevated Obstacle Course, and much more! Guests in cabins qualify for discounts on these activities.

We recommend booking these activities 2-4 weeks in advance, since they do often get sold out, especially on weekends.

Recreation Areas:

We have an easy to moderate hiking trail, a pond for catch and release fishing (we don’t supply any fishing equipment), and a large playground area. There is an outdoor court for volleyball and basketball, a soccer field, baseball field, and 2 sand volleyball courts. During the summer, the pool is also available during the hours that the pool is open to the community.

We have a number of adventure recreation options. Ask the office about adding on the Ziplines, Pony Rides, Wildlife Center, and much much more! Guests in cabins qualify for discounts on these activities.

Typically, these extra activities should be scheduled well in advance of arrival, since they do often get sold out, especially on weekends.

We have a buffet-style dining hall that provides meals for retreat groups. If we are serving groups during your stay, you are welcome to purchase meals. Contact us for times, costs, and other information.

NO. All lodging onsite is strictly Non-Smoking. We will charge a $100 penalty for smoking in or around the cabins.

Additionally, most of our property (including outdoor areas) is designated as NO SMOKING. We host many children’s events and want to keep the “Young Lungs Safe”. We are members of a PA state initiative to that effect, and you will see signs posted around the property stating “Young Lungs at Play. No Smoking.” Guests that need to smoke are asked to smoke in their vehicle away from any buildings/facilities.

NO, Alcohol is NOT permitted on the property. Violators of this policy may be asked to leave without refund and will be charged a $100 penalty.

No. We ask that you rent a separate unit each for the males and for the females in your group.

We have a special offer for unmarried couples and/or same-sex couples (keep reading, the offer is below!)

Our goal is to be a welcoming facility where everyone can experience refreshment, no matter who you are, or where you are at in your walk with Jesus.  Additionally, we are a Christ-centered facility, and we seek to operate our property in a way that honors Biblical teaching, including the teachings of celibacy outside of marriage, faithfulness in marriage, and “marriage” being defined as a covenant relationship between one man and one woman.

Therefore, as a way we can both honor our guests and our convictions on this issue, we are happy to offer a complimentary second lodging unit at no additional cost to any guests that are 1) unmarried couples, or 2) same-sex couples (whether married or unmarried). Our hope is that you would use separate lodging accommodations while you stay with us.  We offer this out of our personal convictions and to ease the financial burden of renting two rooms. It comes with no strings attached.  It is simply a free offer we are happy to extend, as an extra accommodation.

To take advantage of this offer, please call our office to make the booking (it cannot be done online). Just mention your interest in the free second room and we will be happy to arrange that for you.

(Note: this offer does not apply to a group of coed friends.)

No, we cannot, as a matter of conscious, celebrate those things that are contrary to our religious convictions.  Examples of events we choose not to host would include, but are not limited to, nudist events, festivals involving alcohol and/or public drunkenness, secular music festivals, marriage events other than one man, one woman weddings, or any other event that celebrates or promotes conduct or messages which is not aligned with morality as understood from a Biblical worldview.

Other Great Lodging Options

Are the dates you’re looking for unavailable? Check with our office at 717-738-1490 and if we do not have space, please check out nearby lodging options. Of course you don’t have to stay onsite to enjoy our great activities, although you do get some good discounts if you do. Tap/click here for a list of nearby lodging options with more traditional Bed and Breakfast or Hotel Options and visit us for the day.