Tent Sites

Refreshing Mountain offers a unique venue for tenting. We host Families, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church Camps, and lots of other groups of people looking to get away to the woods and enjoy nature. Sites can be rented individually, and we also have clusters of sites that can be rented concurrently, so that your whole group can stay in the same area. Some sites have 20 AMP electric service (note: we do not offer an onsite dumping station), to serve small campers/popups, but most sites are best suited for tent camping. Water is available for any site. For group tenting, we can handle a maximum of approx. 40 people (in 10-12 tents/campers).

Site rentals include use of the pool (seasonal) as well as access to our outdoor facilities, which include a playground, hiking trails, fishing pond, basketball and volleyball courts, and much more.


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Guests may also be interested in our many Adventure Recreation Options, like Ziplines, Teambuilding, Archery, a Paintball Obstacle Course, Geocaching, Climbing Tower, Giant Swing, and more. There are various packages that can be added to a tenting weekend. Click here for more information. (please note that these extra activities generally need to be planned/scheduled a few weeks before the date of your arrival). You may also want to checkout our cabins which are a nice complement to the tent sites if some members of your group aren’t thrilled about tenting.

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  1. In general, each site includes a picnic table, fire ring, and parking for 1 vehicle. During the summer, a site rental also includes use of the community pool (click for hours of operation).
  2. Minimum of a 2 night stay over weekends.
  3. Check-in time on the arrival date is 4PM and check-out time on the departure date is 1PM.
  4. Our FAMILY FRIENDLY Atmosphere includes the following:
    1. No alcohol is permitted at Refreshing Mountain. Violators of this rule will be asked to leave without a refund.
    2. No Foul Language.
    3. Please dress modestly. See our “Pool Guidelines” for details on the 1 piece swim suit requirements for ladies/girls, no Speedos for men/boys.
  5. Illegal fireworks are prohibited.
  6. We will not rent a single site to a coed group or an unmarried couple.
  7. Bringing pets is discouraged. If you do choose to bring them, there will be a $5 charge per animal per day. Your pet must be docile around other people and animals, must be quiet, and must be kept on a leash at all times. You must also clean up after them.

2017 RATES
(Rates are per night)
Families * Off-Peak Season + Peak-Season ++
Tent(s) (water only) $37 $42
10% discount for 6 or more sites rented by the same group (2 night min, 12 sites total)
GROUP TENTING Off-Peak Season + Peak-Season ++
1-4 Persons cost of 1 site
(no unmarried coed groups on 1 site)
5-8 Persons  

cost of 2 sites


9+ persons $8 pp per night
(min 2 nights)
$12 pp per night
(min 2 nights)
10% discount for groups of 25 or more people paying the group tenting rates.
Guests * Off-Peak Season + Peak-Season ++
Day Guests $4 pp $8 pp
Evening Visitors
(approx. 5PM-10PM, no pool use)
$3 pp $3 pp
Pets $5 per animal per day
Must be on a leash at all times
Coin-Operated Showers $.25 per 3 minutes
Firewood $5 per bundle


* “Family” is 2 married adults + dependent children.
“Guest” is anyone else (friend, cousin, Grandparent, etc).
+ “Off-Peak-Season” is Spring/Fall
++ “Peak-Season” is May 20 – September 5, 2016 Includes Pool Use (See Pool Calendar)


Bringing pets is discouraged, however, we do understand that there are situations where it may be necessary. Provided that your animal is docile around other people and animals, kept quiet and on a leash at all times, they will be permitted on-site. You will need to clean up after them. There is a $5 charge per animal per day. It should be noted that this allowance pertains ONLY to the campsites and tentsites. Pets are specifically DISALLOWED in our cabins, meeting rooms, or other buildings here at the retreat center.

Check-in time and checkout times are at 4PM each day. On the day of check-in, you are welcome to check with the office and if your site is open, you may arrive as early as 1PM at no additional cost. Checking in prior to 1PM will incur and early check in fee of $10 per site.

Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table. Sites also have water access. During the “Peak Season”, use of the pool is included whenever it is open to the public. Click here to see the summer pool schedule. Outdoor areas like the basketball/volleyball courts, the playground, hiking trails, sports fields, and fishing pond are also accessible to camping guests. Please note that these are shared areas with our conference center and there are times where the conference guests will have them reserved for their specific events, but in general, camping guests can make use of them as well.

In general, the indoor facilities at Refreshing Mountain (i.e. the gymnasiums, conference rooms, lodging areas, and Dining Hall) and the pavilions are not included with campsite rentals. Groups that are tenting/camping can enquire with the office if they would like to rent time to use a gym/pavilion/conference room and/or add on a meal plan. Contact us if you would like more information on these options.

  • NO ALCOHOL. Violators of this policy will be asked to leave without refund.
  • No Smoking by the pool or any other public areas.
  • No Foul Language.
  • Please dress modestly. At the pool, girls/ladies should wear a 1 piece suit (or a non-white t-shirt over a 2 piece suit is permitted), and no Speedos for men/boys. Please wear a cover-up to/from the pool area.

Yes, we have firewood onsite for purchase at the camp store. $5 per bundle. Generally, 2 bundles will be enough wood for 3 fires. Guests are allowed to bring firewood with they, provided that they live within Lancaster County. State law prohibits the transport of firewood from other counties.

We have a camp store onsite next to the pool. The store has souvenirs, candy, and coffee, sodas, and other snack foods. You wont find much by way of “camping staples” so you will do best to bring those along with you. We do sell firewood and ice at the store. In general, the camp store is open the same hours as the community pool. Click here to check the pool/store schedule.

Yes, you are welcome to fish in the pond. You will need to bring your own fishing equipment (we do not sell bait) and it is strictly “catch and release”. Mostly, you will find bluegills and sunnies, but occasionally a catfish is also a potential catch.

Our sites are best suited for tenting, however they can accommodate small campers/pop ups. Keep in mind that we only have 20AMP electric service on these sites, so you may be limited in what AC units you can run. We do NOT offer a dumping station on-site

No, we do not offer either of those services onsite.

Yes, we have wifi onsite. A password can be requested at check in. It should be noted that some of the sites will have a wireless signal at the site, but for some the signal may be weak/non-existent. A strong, consistent signal can be obtained on the porches at the office and/or camp store. There is no charge for this service.

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Storm Repair Update

Refreshing Mountain Storm Repair Update

March 21 (9:20 AM):

Happy Spring! We sure are feeling it up here, with the warm temperatures and renewed life all around.

  • Activities Status:
    • As of Monday our Challenge Adventure Zipline passed all necessary inspections and tests and is officially back up and running! Thanks to Treetop Quest and our crew, these ziplines are back to their prime condition- just under 4 weeks after they were damaged.
    • We anticipate the Aerial Excursion Zipline to be available come March 31. Stay posted!

To check our Zipline Tour availability and make a reservation, click here!

March 16 (4:40 PM):

Despite the 17 inches of fresh powder, we are working on our ziplines and giant swing.

  • Activities Status: Today they were able to reset guide cables on our Giant Swing. We are performing the necessary inspections, tests, and expect to have this activity open by early next week.

March 10 (8:00 AM):

We received three inches of snow and expect another few inches in the upcoming week but that's not stopping our crew!

  • Activities Status: New poles arrived and our crews are hard at work setting anchors for the guidelines that stabilize the zipline poles on the closed courses. We are ahead of schedule!
  • Zipline Bookings: Speaking of schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!

March 7 (10:40 AM):

The rain has slowed and crews are hard at work.

  • Activities Status: Our zipline builder and inspector gave the go ahead to open our Flying V and High Ropes course! Schedules are open online and booking is live, click here!
  • Forest Recovery: The past week we have been trimming branches from downed trees and prepping them for loggers to come in and remove. At this point conservative estimates are 50-60 trees have been recovered and more to address as we get past the initial border of our forest lines.

March 6 (12:00 PM):

This past weekend we hosted 200+ people with our overnight retreats. The weather was cold, but we accomplished more work and are excited about the progress.

  • Facility status: Thanks to Meadow Valley Electric (MVE) Group our solar panels have been inspected and repaired and are up and running.
  • Activities status: Today we have an inspector from our zipline builder, Climbworks, here to inspect and evaluate our ziplines. We should have a projection of when our zipline tours will reopen in the next few days.

We expect more great news, stay posted!

March 1 (4:00 PM):

The rain impeded us from completing some of our outdoor projects today, but none the less much was accomplished.

  • Parking status: Cleared all parking areas of downed trees and limbs.
  • Activity status: We restored our sling shot and archery areas and ensured the nature center critters and farm animals will be ready this weekend. In addition the climbing tower and climbing wall will be fully operational as well!

Feb 28 (4:00PM):

  • Communication status: Minutes ago our communication lines were restored. Email and phone lines are now operational. We can now begin returning your calls!
  • Building status: All damaged roofs have been weatherproofed and are scheduled for permanent repair.
  • Activity status: We will have pedal carts and teambuilding in full operation this weekend, with more to come!

Our staff along with contractors have been working tirelessly campus wide to clear debris and begin repairs. We are extremely grateful for our neighbors who have given their time and energy. We are extremely thankful for how God continues to provide. We look forward to the days to come and our retreats this weekend!

Feb 27 (4:00 PM):

Around 3:30 on Saturday February 25th, a major wind storm hit Northern Lancaster County and significantly impacted Refreshing Mountain. We sustained damage to several buildings as well as our Ziplines / adventure activities. Nevertheless, we are so thankful to God that no one was hurt during the storm. Also, we are grateful that so many people in the community are helping with cleanup and repair. Our Retreat Center ( lodging, meals, Recreation) is still open and ready to host the many groups scheduled over the next few weeks. But our Ziplines and other adventure activities are temporarily closed as we inspect, assess, and repair. We hope to have everything back up and running within the next few weeks.

Click here to read our press release regarding the storm and repair efforts

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