Welcome to the Lutherock Environmental Education program.

Lutherock consists of 753 acres on the south slope of Sugar Mountain in North Carolina with facilities ranging from hotel style rooms to cabins. Lutherock has a luxurious 26 bed retreat center. Cabins can accommodate 120 in bunk beds in cabins. Lutherock features miles of hiking trails, high ropes courses, rockclimbing, a disc golf course, group interaction course, and much more.

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Meeting Spaces & Lodging

Lutherock Cabin Village has eight cabins, each accommodating 10 people. Each cabin is an open sleeping area and a bathroom with a shower. One cabin is handicapped accessible. These cabins are not heated and are open seasonally: April 15th through November 1st.

Crow's Nest Retreat Center (best suited for adults and chaperons) is a year-round, two-story retreat center with fifteen rooms with private baths and heating. Eleven rooms have two double beds and are accessible from the main building. Four rooms have one double bed with private entrances (Hermitage rooms). Four of the fifteen rooms are equipped with bathtub/shower with the remaining rooms showers only. There is a meeting room, large lounge area with a wood-burning fireplace, large windows overlooking the mountains, a dining room, and a light industrial kitchen. There is a lounge on the bottom floor with a micro kitchen for the hermitage rooms. The center is handicapped accessible as well as air-conditioned. Bed and bath linen is provided. A two-night minimum stay is required for weekend retreats. A building layout has been provided here.

The Moretz Lodge is a "quad" cabin with four separate sleeping areas, each sleeping 10 people on five sets of single bunk beds. Each sleeping area also has its own private shower and bathroom. Connecting the four sleeping spaces is a central gathering room with a full kitchen. The Moretz Lodge also has a comfortable deck and is open year-round. A two-night minimum is required for weekend retreats. A building layout can be downloaded here.

The Stone Lodge is a heated house accommodating up to 15 people. The bottom floor has two bedrooms each with two sets of bunk beds; one bottom bed is a double bed. There is a loft with eight single beds. There is a kitchen, dining area and living area with a wood-burning stove on the bottom floor. There are two bathrooms with showers. The Stone Lodge is open seasonally: April 15th through November 1st. A building layout can be downloaded here.

The Founder's Lodge is a dormitory style facility with two sleeping areas (accommodating 24 each). Each bedroom is equipped with a bathroom with several shower stalls. There is a main room with a wood-burning fireplace and a full kitchen. The Main Lodge is not heated and is open seasonally: April 15th through November 1st.




Meals

Meal service is offered at Lutherock upon request, and kitchens are available. Meals can be provided or groups can bring supplies to prepare their own meals




Sample Schedule

Monday:

  • 1:00pm: Arrive, get settled into housing
  • 1:30pm: Welcome! Living Waters Orientation.
  • 2:00pm: Activity (this could be an adventure, environmental, or team building option)
  • 6:00pm: Dinner
  • Free time! (We have various hiking trails, Basketball court, Volleyball court, Gaga ball court, Disc Golf Course, and more!)
  • 8:00pm: Night Hike

Tuesday:

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am: Activity (this could be an adventure, environmental, or team building option)
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm: Activity (this could be an adventure, environmental, or team building option)
  • Free Time!
  • 6:00pm: Dinner
  • 7:00pm: Homemade Ice cream making and Camp Store is open
  • 8:30pm: Closing Campfire

Wednesday:

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • Departure after breakfast



Local Attractions

Located near Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, and Beech Mountain, a visit to Lutherock puts your group in the middle of some of the most beautiful scenery, vast outdoor adventures opportunities, and unique shopping experiences in Western North Carolina. Read below to learn about a few. There is sure to be something for everyone!

Grandfather Mountain: The tallest mountain in the Blue Ridge, Grandfather Mountain is the only private park in the world that has been designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve. Walk across the mile high swing bridge, hike one of the 11 different trails, or visit the habitat enclosures. Tickets: $14 for adults 13-59, $12 for seniors 60+, $6 for children 4-12. Children under 4 are free.

Boone, NC: Only about 45 minutes from Lutherock, Boone, NC, sits along the Blue Ridge Parkway and offers something for everyone. Visit the Tweetsie Railroad or the Mast General Store with the family. Or take on outdoor adventures such as skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, and so much more.

Blowing Rock: An immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, Blowing Rock overhangs Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below and is NC's oldest travel attraction since 1933. Visit and discover the legend of an Indian Brave that jumped off the cliff for the love of young Indian Maiden, but was brought back up to the cliff by the strange winds that cause even snow to fall upside down.

The Blue Ridge Parkway: The Blue Ridge Parkway is designed as a recreational motor road connecting the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. The Parkway winds 469 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains through North Carolina and Virginia. A drive down any part of the Parkway will provide the visitor with a cross-section of Appalachian mountain history. And ask our staff about different local hikes that can be found along the Parkway.

Beech Mountain: Get away from the fast pace of life and visit the highest town in the Eastern United States. Located at 5,506 feet, Beech Mountain has many outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, fishing, and golfing to seasonal events to unique shopping experiences that can only be found in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Tweetsie Railroad: Take a ride back in time and leave the high-tech world behind. Located in Blowing Rock, NC, live your childhood fantasy of being a cowboy or Indian. Or even a train engineer. And don't forget to take a ride on the historic steam locomotive, Number 12, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Admission prices vary. Please visit the Tweetsie Railroad website for pricing.

 

Programs

Lutherock provides a variety of programs which meet NC Science Standards.

1 Adult is free for every 8 paid students.

Environmental Education Curriculum

Aquatic Ecology: During this class students go on a creek walk and stop along the way to learn about the water cycle, water systems, conservation and about different organisms that dwell in the creek.

Mountain Ecology: Students will hike to the top of Living Water's mountain during this class learning about how the Blue Ridge Mountains were formed and the different flora and fau-na that call these mountains home. Instructors will also discuss the changes in flora, fauna and topography that are caused by erosion, succession, sun exposure, geological forces, and human activity.

Night Hike: This night class provides us with an idea of what life is like for our nocturnal neighbors. We will discuss the science behind night vision, learn about different nocturnal animals and spend some time gazing at the stars and learning some constellations (as long as the clouds permit).

Forest Ecology: Students will hike through the forest stopping to identify various flora that is native to the Blue Ridge Mountains. During this course, we will also take a close look at the inner workings of trees and discuss the relationships among producers, consumers and decomposers.

Web of Life: This general ecology class will take a closer look at how the flow of energy within the web of life is interconnected with the cycling of matter.



Adventure Education Curriculum

Alpine II Tower: Located on-site, this 50 foot tall climbing tower offers options for solo and partner events. After students climb, they have the option to do our giant swing as well.

Intermediate Ropes Course: Located on-site this course is a great way to challenge yourself with the reward of a zip line dismount.

Advanced Ropes Course: Located on-site this course is the next step up in high adventure.

Rock Climbing: Choose between climbing at Cross Rock, which is good for beginners, or Pin-nacle, which is good for intermediate climbers. Both are located on-site.

Caving: Explore the wonder of Worley's Cave located in Tennessee. Come dressed to get dirty! (additional $20.00/person)

Hiking: Enjoy a staff-led hike on Lutherock's property.

Rafting: Enjoy a scenic and thrilling trip down the Nolichucky River (seasonal). (additional $65.00/person)

Backpacking: Students will spend 2 days and 1 night out hiking and camping on the Appalachian Trail. We can do our Web of Life, Forest and Mountain Ecology classes as part of this excursion.



Team Building Offerings

Group Initiatives: Living Waters staff will use group building games to help build community within the group. Each initiative will be debriefed using the Facts, Feelings, Future model.

Group Interaction Course: This is a teambuilding course in which students will have to work together to get through a variety of low-ropes elements. Staff will debrief each element using the Facts, Feelings, Future model.

Team Development Course: In this teambuilding course students work together to get through a series of elements that are all connected. This is a good team-building course for high school age youth. The course as a whole is debriefed at the end using the Fact, Feelings, Future model.