Each Summer Event begins and ends at our 60+ acres in Troutdale, VA - affectionately known as "the Property" among our ministry family. Hikers gather for meals, worship, games, and fellowship at our lodge. Eight sleeping shelters offer rustic accommodations for our hikers.
Each week, we worship and have communion at our outdoor chapel. "Gaga ball", four square, lawn games, horseshoe pits, a basketball court, volleyball court, and rocking chairs on the porch of our lodge provide entertainment during free time. The infamous Weaver Field is the best wiffle ball field this side of the Mississippi. An equipment shed, new staff cabins and spacious new bathhouses help us accommodate our many participants!
The Wilderness Trail Property is available to be used from August to May for retreats, recreation, meetings, or even weddings! Our two recently constructed sleeping cabins sleep 12 apiece and also include a gathering space, full bath, and porch. Our two new bathhouses each contain 6 showers and sinks, and 5 private restrooms. The WT lodge is equipped with a full commercial kitchen and dining area, as well as a large gathering space. There are also several camper hook-ups and plenty of tent sites around our scenic pond.
Contact Executive Director Matthew Blackburn to learn about our usage policy and rate information at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Area
Wilderness Trail operates out of a small town called Troutdale, in the southwest corner of Virginia. We are located near Mt. Rogers, the highest point in the state, and about 12 miles from Damascus, VA, home of the annual "Trail Days." The area around our property has been called "the Montana of the east" for its peaks and highlands. Backpacker Magazine has ranked "Buzzard Rock," on Whitetop Mountain, as one of the top ten views in the United States. Many folks enjoy biking or walking the nearby Virginia Creeper Trail.
During our summer hikes, we pass through the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, and Grayson Highlands State Park. We use the Appalachian, Iron Mountain, and Pine Mountain trails among others. There are also a variety of easily accessible day hikes for every experience level to enjoy during our fall and spring events, or for your group's custom event.