Nestled in between two peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Ridgecrest sits on an outstanding piece of private property stretching over 100 acres with miles of private trails and campsites. Our land borders the Pisgah National Forest, a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Our 4-acre private lake is the centerpiece of Camp, surrounded by athletic fields, an indoor turf arena, an athletic complex, our historic log cabin Dining Hall, Chapel, stables and our camper cabins that all balance a clean, simple and rustic feel.
The water front is a staple of most boys' adventures here at camp! The layout of camp is a road loop built around this beautiful 15 acre lake making it easy to navigate your way around camp as a new camper! The lake is stock full of incredible adventures awaiting your son!
Things to do on the lake: a huge swimming area, a blob, a water rock climbing wall, a diving board, a rope swing, a high jump, a slide from high in the trees into the water, a double zip-line, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, endless fishing spots, the Glacier, and the Swing Shot!
Our cabins are are built in the same simple, clean rustic style that runs through camp. Each cabin is open air, meaning there is no air conditioning, but rather is designed for the mountain air to flow through. Cabins are big enough to house ten campers and two to three staff, yet small enough to facilitate and encourage a relationship building experience.
Spilman Lodge, built in 1942, is the largest vertical log structure east of the Mississippi. Throughout the summer, each meal in Spilman Lodge sees over 500 boys come inside from playing hard to chow down on some camp favorites like "Chicken Tender Tuesday" and "Mini Corn Dogs". Each meal here at camp is eaten "family style" at their cabin's table, so no boy must wait in a buffet line to get his food! Instead, they get to come in, sit with their cabin, and relax and enjoy some grub!
Originally built at the turn of the 20th century as the Ridgecrest train depot, the building was moved to it's current location at Camp Ridgecrest in 1969. As a train station, boys from all over America would step off the train at this very building to come to camp for the summer. Now on Camp Ridgecrest property, it is used everyday as our "Canteen" where the campers come and get their daily sweet treat!
Although nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Ridgecrest is known for its wide open green spaces! Campers enjoy three large playing fields (the lower, middle, and upper greens as we call them) that host everything from a flag football skill, to an age group activity, or even a camp-wide game, in which well over 600 people can easily play together. All three "greens" are within an easy walking distance for all campers.