Nestled in the beautiful cradling hills of Central Virginia, Hat Creek Retreat Center is surrounded by natural beauty and opportunities. Facilities include: Lake Shalom for swimming and boating, picnic pavilions, wooded trails and open fields for games, exploration or celebration. Hat Creek is a short drive from outside diversions and recreational activities including historic Appomattox, Hat Creek Golf Course, and Patrick Henry’s Red Hill.
Hat Creek has over 345 acres of rolling wooded hills, located five miles north of Brookneal, VA. The developed part of the camp is on the front one-third of the property, with the remainder of the land being used for a variety of activities. There are two stream-fed lakes on this property. The largest lake (Shalom) is nine acres used for recreational activities. A four-acre lake (Bea) is for wildlife habitat. Buildings include a manager's residence, maintenance building, dining hall, four summer-only hogans, four enclosed hogans that are three-season, two renovated and heated cabins (Lake Side Cabins #1 & #2), four bathhouses, Kris Kin farm house, picnic shelters, and a 40-bed all-season Retreat Center.
The Hammersley Center is a modern, two-story, fully heated and air conditioned conference building that contains bedrooms to sleep up to 40 people. Meals of all distinctions can be made in our modern kitchen for groups of 15 or more. There is a spacious meeting room upstairs and one or two smaller conference rooms with two massive stone fireplaces available downstairs. The dining area is also located downstairs. The Retreat Center is handicapped accessible and is used by adult groups for overnight retreats, day business meetings, conferences, family reunions, and more. The Retreat Center is available year round. Large TV, DVD, and other AV equipment along with Wi-Fi are available upon request. 3G Cell Phone Service is also available in various locations.
These facilities have a capacity of 7 to 10 people each. Four are heated (Winter Hogans) and can be used throughout of the year. The hogans consist of one room with bunk beds; bathroom facilities are located in centralized bath facilities nearby. There is a fire circle centrally located to each Hogan. Youth groups, Scouts and young adult groups typically use these buildings as well as the Lodge for overnight retreats.
The dining hall is a large cinderblock building with a main meeting/dining room, large fireplace, restrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. This facility is perfect for group meals and meetings of up to 100 people. It also has a screened porch on the lake side of the building.
The chapel is an amphitheater overlooking Lake Shalom. It has wooden bench seating for 90, a stage and a fire pit, lighting and is used for programs and performances during summer camp. This facility is also available for worship services for groups using the camp.
Kris Kin Farmhouse
Although no longer in use, this rustic two-story house still stands as an example of an era (c.1900) gone by. A bath facility is located directly outside the building. The Kris Kin area is currently being used for programming purposes only. In times past, it was very popular with young people, particularly because of its uniqueness. A volleyball court area and fire circle is located nearby.
Picnic Shelter #1 has a stone fireplace, electricity and drinking water. Modern restrooms are located nearby and the swimming lake is a short walk down the hill. Picnic Shelter #2 is much more rustic– there is no electricity and the modern restrooms are located near the Winter Hogans. Both Picnic Shelter Facilities are ideal for church outings and family gatherings.
There are two tree houses, both located near Lake Bea, built approximately 12 feet above the ground on large poles. The tree houses have stairs and railing for your safety. The large tree house can sleep up to 16 people and the small tree house can sleep up to 8 people. These buildings are great for youth and overnight adventures (Scouts love them). There is no electricity or running water. Modern restrooms are located near the Hogans. There is a campfire circle located nearby.
The High Ropes Course offers 7 different "challenge by choice" elements that are sure to test you mentally and physically. All participants are secured and guided by instructors while traversing the course 20 feet above the ground. 15 participant maximum per session. For complete a complete description of the course click here
The Low-Ropes Course offers many unique challenges for groups to discover, learn, and grow.
Towering 30 feet in the air, the Climbing Wall provides a thrilling experience. Two different climbing routes allow for everyone to be challenged while climbing.
Located next to Picnic Shelter #1, the recreation field is approximately 100x40 yards.