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Adult Accommodations

MOUNTAIN LAUREL EAST
Accommodation Type: Deluxe
Room Count: 113 rooms
Accessible Room Count: 7 rooms
Format: 2 queen beds
MOUNTAIN LAUREL WEST
Accommodation Type: Deluxe, Suites (5 available)
Room Count: 102 rooms
Accessible Room Count: 6 rooms
Format: 2 queen beds or 1 king bed
RHODODENDRON
Accommodation Type: Standard
Room Count: 45 rooms
Accessible Room Count: 3 rooms
Format: 2 queen beds
PRITCHELL
Accommodation Type: Economy
Room Count: 93 rooms
Format: 1 double bed, 1 twin bed

Mountain Laurel East is Ridgecrest’s newly renovated deluxe hotel with well-appointed, modern rooms and many complimentary amenities, including TVs in fellowship areas, a fitness room and high-speed wi-fi throughout. On-site classrooms, a board room, a state-of-the-art auditorium and spacious lobbies with comfortable sitting areas and a fireplace make this an ideal location for conferences, retreats and getaways.

Amenities: Mini fridge, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, complimentary toiletries in the room, and microwave available in the lobby.

 

Mountain Laurel West is located directly behind Johnson Spring with ample adjacent parking. Enjoy easy access via covered walkways to Johnson Spring, Pritchell Hall’s Registration Desk, the Dining Room, Switchback Game Room, Clouds Coffee Shop and the Nibble Nook. Mountain Laurel has it all.

Amenities: Mini fridge, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, complimentary toiletries in the room, and microwave available in the lobby.

Rhododendron is conveniently located in the same facility as several classrooms, an auditorium and the main Dining Room. A spacious lobby with comfortable sitting areas allows for fellowship, study and rest. Rhododendron is a great place to host your smaller event under one roof.

Amenities: Mini fridge, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, complimentary toiletries in the room, and microwave available on the second floor.

Pritchell Hall is Ridgecrest’s most centrally-located guest facility, lending maximum convenience to adjacent Spilman Auditorium and the Dining Room. A large fellowship balcony provides a comfortable place to come, sit back and relax or study, perhaps even watch a favorite TV show. And of course, free high-speed wi-fi is available throughout. Pritchell’s rooms are simple, clean and comfortable, perfect for the budget conscious. Everything you need is right here.

Youth/Family Accommodations

ROYAL GORGE
Accommodation Type: Youth Housing
Room Count: 64 rooms
Format: Bunk beds
Bed Count: 752 beds
MAPLE
Accommodation Type: Youth Housing
Room Count: 32 rooms
Format: Bunk beds
Bed Count: 192 beds
WALNUT
Accommodation Type: Economy
Room Count: 48 rooms
Format: 1 queen bed with 2 sets of bunk beds
WOODLAND
Accommodation Type: Youth Housing
Room Count: 40 rooms
Format: Bunk beds
Bed Count: 228 beds

Royal Gorge is part of Ridgecrest’s youth housing facilities, located on the eastern side of campus. Along with Woodland and Maple, 64 guest rooms house over 1,000 youth and leaders, with each room housing ten to twelve guests. Private bathrooms are a plus, offering two lavatories, two showers and two sinks for each room. Royal Gorge is a short walk to the ARC and is within walking distance to Ridgecrest’s meeting spaces, dining areas, recreational facilities, several fire rings and Woodland Green.

Maple is located on the east side of campus, directly across from the ARC, near Woodland Green. Maple is within short walking distance to all of Ridgecrest’s meeting and dining facilities. WiFi is not available for youth housing.

Walnut guest rooms are part of Ridgecrest’s family housing. Our rooms come with a queen bed and two sets of bunk beds, making this facility perfect for families of six or less. Simple, clean and affordable — great for the entire family.

Walnut is located in the east part of campus adjacent to the ARC. It is within short walking distance to all of Ridgecrest’s meeting and dining facilities. Ample parking is available.

Woodland is part of Ridgecrest’s youth housing facility, located on the east side of campus. Along with Royal Gorge and Maple, there are private bathrooms. Woodland is adjacent to the ARC and is within walking distance to Ridgecrest’s meeting spaces, dining areas and recreational facilities, including Woodland Green. WiFi is not available for youth housing.

Retreats, Minister Getaways, and Individual Stays

Ridgecrest is the perfect place to rest and play, just right for getaways and spiritual retreats. All of us need time to refresh, unplug and step away from the busyness of life and ministry. At Ridgecrest, we invite you to do just that. Come for a personal spiritual retreat to rest, reflect or study. Reignite the romance with your spouse as you enjoy the campus and each other. Or reconnect with your family as you spend time building your relationships in a safe, Christian environment with a variety of activities for all ages. Stay a week or a weekend; you are always welcome here.

Our minister getaways provide the rest and renewal you’ve been looking for individually or as an inexpensive vacation with your family. For those in full-time ministry, we offer an incredible room rate of $79.00* per night, per room, and all Minister Getaways now include access to our Pastor’s Study with over 300 books and commentaries.  To book your stay, simply call our reservations desk at (800) 588.7222​. We look forward to seeing you!

*This offer is based on room availability and does not apply to groups. The rate cannot be used to attend any scheduled conference or event and is subject to change.

Getting Here

Location

Ridgecrest is located 15 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40 at Exit 66. We are approximately 30 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport.

Physical Address

1 Ridgecrest Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711 

Distance From

  • Atlanta, GA - 3.5 hours
  • Birmingham, AL - 6 hours
  • Charlotte, NC - 2 hours
  • Cincinnati, OH - 6 hours
  • Columbia, SC - 2.5 hours
  • Jacksonville, FL - 7 hours
  • Knoxville, TN - 2 hours
  • Louisville, KY - 5.5 hours
  • Memphis, TN - 8 hours
  • New York, NY - 10.5 hours
  • Orlando, FL - 10 hours
  • Washington, DC - 7.5 hours

Airline Travel

Ridgecrest Campus Map

Retail / Outlets

Experience Ridgecrest’s popular dining outlets to satisfy your sweet tooth, sip your favorite coffee drink, hang out with friends or find the perfect gift for someone at home. Clouds Coffee Shop, and Nibble Nook are located in the center of campus, they are near Pritchell, Dogwood, Johnson Spring and the main Dining Room.

NIBBLE NOOK

Nibble Nook is a staple at Ridgecrest. Choose from over 15 flavors of ice cream, which are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can also find a variety of snacks and meal options, including hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, drinks, chips, crackers and candy.

Open summers only, click HERE for hours.

CLOUDS COFFEE SHOP

Stop by Clouds Coffee Shop where specialty coffees, teas, fresh lattes, frozen frappes and smoothies are prepared just for you. Whether you’re looking for a place to sit back and relax with a good book or to fellowship with friends, Clouds is a great place to take a break from the day’s activities.

Open year-round, click HERE for hours.

Dining

Ridgecrest’s Dining Room is centrally located within Rhododendron, ensuring guests a short walk from virtually every lodging venue.  Offering three nutritious buffet-style meals daily, this space includes up to eight serving lines to accommodate groups quickly. Seating for almost 1,000 guests provides a comfortable setting for fellowship and conversation while enjoying our chef’s carefully planned menus.

Ridgecrest Conference Center Dining Room Renovation Announcement
Menu & Meal Times
Monday 05/20
Breakfast: 7:15 - 8:15
Cinnamon French Toast
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage Links
Home Fries
Berry Compote
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Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00
Philly Cheese Steak
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Sidewinder Fries
Steamed Mixed Beans
Tomato Soup
Brownies
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Barbacoa
Fajita Chicken
Spanish Rice
Black Beans
Fire Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Chips & Queso
Churros
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Tuesday 05/21
Breakfast: 7:15 - 8:15
Biscuits & Gravy
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage Patties
Tater Tots
Cinnamon Apples
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Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00
Gourmet Pizzas
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Pepperoni Pizza
Roasted Vegetables
Fried Mushrooms
Sprinkle Cookies
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Sage Roasted Turkey
Crispy Fried Catfish
Mashed Potatoes
Glazed Carrots
Shoe-Peg Corn
Bread Sticks
Fruit Cobbler
Wednesday 05/22
Breakfast: 7:15 - 8:15
Bagels
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage Links
Breakfast Potatoes
Baked Peaches
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Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00
Chicken Tenders
Veggies & Dip
Mac & Cheese
Fresh Steamed Vegetables
Garden Vegetable Soup
Brownies
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Garlic & Herb Grilled Chicken
Country Fried Steak w/Gravy
Roasted Potatoes
Southern Green Beans
California Blend
Dinner Rolls
Strawberry Shortcake
Thursday 05/23
Breakfast: 7:15 - 8:15
Croissants
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Fried Potatoes
Fresh Fruit
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Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00
Greek Chicken Pitas
Gyros
Quinoa
Roasted Ratatouille
Falafel
Cookies
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Rosemary Dijon Pork Chops
Chicken Pot Pie
Rice Pilaf
Roasted Cauliflower
Fresh Steamed Vegetables
Hawaiin Rolls
Assorted Cheese Cake
Friday - 05/24
Breakfast: 7:15 - 8:15
Biscuits & Gravy
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage Patties
Hashbrown Triangles
Cinnamon Apples
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Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00
Hamburgers
Black Bean Burgers
Kettle Chips
Fire Roasted Corn
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Banana Pudding
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Italian Meatloaf
Chicken Romanesca
Bow Tie Pasta w/ Pesto
Roasted Squash
Italian Green Beans
Garlic Bread
Banana Layer Cake
Saturday 05/25
Breakfast: 7:15 - 8:15
Cinnamon French Toast
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage Links
Breakfast Potatoes
Berry Compote
--
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00
Fried Chicken Sandwiches
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Waffle Fries
Roasted Carrots
Garden Vegetable Soup
Sprinkle Cookies
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Taco Beef
Chipotle Chicken
Spanish Rice
Pinto Beans
Corn and Poblanos
Chips & Queso
Tres Leche Cake
Sunday 05/26
Breakfast: 7:15 - 8:15
Blueberry Muffins
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage Patties
Home Fries
Fresh Fruit
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Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00
General Tso' Chicken
Vegetable Lo-Mein
White Rice
Sesame Broccoli
Egg Rolls
Oreo Pudding
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Sage Roasted Turkey
Maple Glazed Salmon
Mashed Potatoes
Butternut Squash w/ Spinach
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Bread Sticks
Confetti Cake
Meal Prices (per meal*)

Breakfast

Includes a variety of hot and cold choices and beverages.

$12.00 per person
$9 for children 6–11
Children 5 and under are free with a paid parent, per day.

Lunch

Includes two light entrees and a selection of vegetables, salads, desserts and beverages.

$15.00 per person
$9 for children 6–11
Children 5 and under are free with a paid parent, per day.

Dinner

Includes two dinner entrees and a selection of vegetables, salads, desserts and beverages.

$19.00 per person
$9 for children 6–11
Children 5 and under are free with a paid parent, per day.

 

*Meal rates listed are for 2024 and subject to change without notice.

Food Allergies/Special Dietary Needs
Ridgecrest offers enhanced menus with items suited for those with special dietary needs. Look for the unique symbol referencing gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian in the Dining Room serving lines. A symbol is placed on the label beside each item to indicate those classifications. For those with severe allergies, please call us at (828) 669.8022 and talk to our chef. We will strive to meet your personal needs.
Dining Room Policies
Meal plans are fixed two weeks before the start of your event. Guests who haven’t selected a meal plan at the time of booking will have the option to purchase meals at our a-la-carte rates, based on availability, when they arrive. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for missed meals.

Recreation

RECREATION AREA

Many of Ridgecrest’s recreational activities are available to our guests at no additional charge. Equipment is available complimentary for guests to check out at either the main Rec Shack (near the recreation fields) or at the registration desk in Pritchell. Guests will only be charged if the equipment is damaged or not returned, replacement value only. Hours of operation for the Rec Shack vary by season and campus occupancy.

Complimentary recreational options include:

  • Softball
  • Basketball (gymnasium)
  • Tennis
  • Pickleball
  • Volleyball (gymnasium or outdoor sand)
  • Fishing (bring own gear)
  • Disc Golf

For a modest fee, we offer:

  • Miniature Golf ($4 per guest)
  • Wii Rental ($75 per day)
  • Fire Ring ($75 per use, reserved through Event Coordination)

ADVENTURE RECREATION

High Adventure & Teambuilding at Ridgecrest (summer only)

Adventure recreation includes a climbing tower, a high ropes course and laser tag among the thick foliage and trees.

(Pricing:

High Ropes Course- $35/person
Climbing Tower/Zipline- $20/person
Laser Tag- $18/person

Minimum # of people: 10
Maximum # of people in group: 25)

Each outdoor experience is facilitated by trained leaders of Ridgecrest’s Adventure Recreation Staff. This is a perfect opportunity for youth and adult groups to build memorable and rewarding times into their camp program. It’s also a great way to have some fun and fellowship!

Advanced reservations are required a minimum of two weeks prior to your event. All recreation activities are first-requested, first-served.

Call our Rec Staff to learn the details of these exciting opportunities at (828) 669.4844 or submit a recreation form request below.

MM slash DD slash YYYY

Submissions must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to your request.

Submission of a recreation request does not guarantee the availability of recreation requested.

Acceptance

 

Release Form Requirements

You must be at least 10 years old to participate. Youth 17 years and younger require a form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to participating in Adventure Recreation activities.

Please print and fill out the Ridgecrest Waiver Form below in order to participate.

DOWNLOAD WAIVER FORM

 

Scott Darnell
Recreation Coordinator
(828) 669.4844
Scott.Darnell@ridgecrestnc.com

HIKING

Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains right outside your door. Choose from five different hikes among white oaks and red maples, with mountain laurel that grows so thick in places, it creates a lush umbrella over the entire pathway. Trails range from easy to moderately difficult, but each affords spectacular views from scenic vantage points.

The Ridgecrest Trail System is located on private property. All guests must register at the Main Entrance and agree to all rules and regulations when hiking on Ridgecrest Conference Center’s property.

SWITCHBACK

Switchback Game Room is where fellowship and fun come together. This game room provides a unique space for guests to relax and connect with one another through a medley of fun activities.

Switchback is fitted with foosball, table tennis, billiards, carpet ball, and tabletop games like checkers, tumbling towers, and connect four.

Centrally located steps away from Clouds Coffee Shop and Nibble Nook, Switchback will be your go-to spot for friendly competition. Swing by, unwind, and make some memories together!

RECREATION AREA

Many of Ridgecrest’s recreational activities are available to our guests at no additional charge. Equipment is available complimentary for guests to check out at either the main Rec Shack (near the recreation fields) or at the registration desk in Pritchell. Guests will only be charged if the equipment is damaged or not returned, replacement value only. Hours of operation for the Rec Shack vary by season and campus occupancy.

Complimentary recreational options include:

  • Softball
  • Basketball (gymnasium)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (gymnasium or outdoor sand)
  • Fishing (bring own gear)
  • Disc Golf

For a modest fee, we offer:

  • Miniature Golf ($4 per guest)
  • Wii Rental ($75 per day)
  • Fire Ring ($75 per use, reserved through Event Coordination)

ADVENTURE RECREATION

High Adventure & Teambuilding at Ridgecrest (summer only)

Adventure recreation includes a climbing tower, a high ropes course and laser tag among the thick foliage and trees.

(Pricing:

High Ropes Course- $35/person
Climbing Tower/Zipline- $20/person
Laser Tag- $18/person

Minimum # of people: 10
Maximum # of people in group: 25)

Each outdoor experience is facilitated by trained leaders of Ridgecrest’s Adventure Recreation Staff. This is a perfect opportunity for youth and adult groups to build memorable and rewarding times into their camp program. It’s also a great way to have some fun and fellowship!

Advanced reservations are required a minimum of two weeks prior to your event. All recreation activities are first-requested, first-served.

Call our Rec Staff to learn the details of these exciting opportunities at (828) 669.4844 or submit a recreation form request below.

MM slash DD slash YYYY

Submissions must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to your request.

Submission of a recreation request does not guarantee the availability of recreation requested.

Acceptance

 

Release Form Requirements

You must be at least 10 years old to participate. Youth 17 years and younger require a form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to participating in Adventure Recreation activities.

Please print and fill out the Ridgecrest Waiver Form below in order to participate.

DOWNLOAD WAIVER FORM

 

Scott Darnell
Recreation Coordinator
(828) 669.4844
Scott.Darnell@ridgecrestnc.com

HIKING

Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains right outside your door. Choose from five different hikes among white oaks and red maples, with mountain laurel that grows so thick in places, it creates a lush umbrella over the entire pathway. Trails range from easy to moderately difficult, but each affords spectacular views from scenic vantage points.

The Ridgecrest Trail System is located on private property. All guests must register at the Main Entrance and agree to all rules and regulations when hiking on Ridgecrest Conference Center’s property.

SWITCHBACK

Switchback Game Room is where fellowship and fun come together. This game room provides a unique space for guests to relax and connect with one another through a medley of fun activities.

Switchback is fitted with foosball, table tennis, billiards, carpet ball, and tabletop games like checkers, tumbling towers, and connect four.

Centrally located steps away from Clouds Coffee Shop and Nibble Nook, Switchback will be your go-to spot for friendly competition. Swing by, unwind, and make some memories together!

RECREATION AREA
Many of Ridgecrest’s recreational activities are available to our guests at no additional charge. Equipment is available complimentary for guests to check out at either the main Rec Shack (near the recreation fields) or at the registration desk in Pritchell. Guests will only be charged if the equipment is damaged or not returned, replacement value only. Hours of operation for the Rec Shack vary by season and campus occupancy.

Complimentary recreational options include:

  • Softball
  • Basketball (gymnasium)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (gymnasium or outdoor sand)
  • Fishing (bring own gear)
  • Disc Golf

For a modest fee, we offer:

  • Miniature Golf ($4 per guest)
  • Wii Rental ($75 per day)
  • Fire Ring ($75 per use, reserved through Event Coordination)

ADVENTURE RECREATION

High Adventure & Teambuilding at Ridgecrest

Adventure recreation includes team-building exercises, a climbing tower, a high ropes course and laser tag among the thick foliage and trees.

Each outdoor experience is facilitated by trained leaders of Ridgecrest’s Adventure Recreation Staff. This is a perfect opportunity for youth and adult groups to build memorable and rewarding times into their camp program. It’s also a great way to have some fun and fellowship!

Advanced reservations are required a minimum of two weeks prior to your event. All recreation activities are first-requested, first-served.

Call our Rec Staff to learn the details of these exciting opportunities at (828) 669.4844 or submit a recreation form request below.

MM slash DD slash YYYY

Submissions must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to your request.

Submission of a recreation request does not guarantee the availability of recreation requested.

Acceptance

 

Release Form Requirements

You must be at least 10 years old to participate. Youth 17 years and younger require a notarized release form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to participating in Adventure Recreation activities.

Please print and fill out the Ridgecrest Waiver Form below in order to participate.

DOWNLOAD WAIVER FORM

 

Scott Darnell
Recreation Coordinator
(828) 669.4844
Scott.Darnell@ridgecrestnc.com

HIKING

Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains right outside your door. Choose from five different hikes among white oaks and red maples, with mountain laurel that grows so thick in places, it creates a lush umbrella over the entire pathway. Trails range from easy to moderately difficult, but each affords spectacular views from scenic vantage points.

The Ridgecrest Trail System is located on private property. All guests must register at the Main Entrance and agree to all rules and regulations when hiking on Ridgecrest Conference Center’s property.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

CHECK-OUT

Our check-out time is no later than 10:00 a.m. the day you are leaving. Ridgecrest does not offer complimentary late check-out. If your balance is paid in full, you may leave the keys in your room.

LAUNDRY

Do you have laundry facilities on-site?

No, Ridgecrest does not have a guest laundry facility, however, there is a 24-hour coin laundry facility in Black Mountain (4 miles). For more information, please contact Black Mountain Coin Laundry at (828) 664.9267.

POLICIES & GUIDELINES
Click here for our policies and guidelines for visiting Ridgecrest Conference Center.

 

RIDGECREST FOUNDATION

What is the Ridgecrest Foundation?

The Ridgecrest Foundation is a collection of faithful individuals personally connected with Ridgecrest, thankful for this opportunity to continue to be its advocates and committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Find out more information on the Ridgecrest Foundation here.  Read a letter from the Ridgecrest Foundation here.

TECHNOLOGY
Do you have WI-FI?
Yes, complimentary high speed wi-fi is available throughout campus with the exception of youth housing.
TRANSPORTATION
Do you have free parking?
Yes, there is ample free parking available.

Do you have a shuttle?
No, Ridgecrest does not provide shuttle services or an airport shuttle. For more information about airport shuttles, visit our “Getting Here” section.

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