COVID-19 Update (5 May 2021):


OUR TRAILS ARE OPEN FOR HIKING!! Please feel free to visit and enjoy the natural joys of the Blue Ridge forests but for everyone’s comfort and safety please observe the following courtesies and safety precautions when doing so:


Given than not everyone has completed their vaccinations, please continue to observe social distancing when encountering or interacting with others whom you might meet on your visit;

Please carry a mask and wear it when inside in close proximity with others;

When outside on the property or trails, masks are not required but wear them if you feel more comfortable doing so;

If possible, please call ahead to let Sheila Bach know that you are coming out and approximately when you plan to arrive; and

Please leave a donation for the ‘Friends Wilderness Center’ at the Niles Cabin with Sheila before or after your hike and if you wish to do so, sign our visitor’s guest book in the cabin. 




More Great Family Nature Programs:

Have a look!  3 more family friendly, COVID compliant, outdoor nature events in May and June.

 Saturday, May 8th:  Two (2) nature programs - one a short, easy hike; the other a moderately difficult 2.5 mile hike.  Both with gorgeous views and waterfalls.  Click Here for details

Additional programs are planned for later in the year.  We hope you will participate in these and let us know of particlar programs that you might wish to see in our offerings. 
Many thanks for your continued support, patience, and understanding.  As we all begin to take advantage of the greater safety in travel and gathering afforded by vaccinations, please lift your spirits by getting outside and enjoying the blessings of Nature at FWC's Blue Ridge property and trails.
Be safe, be compassionate,  and share your Light.


The FWC Board of Directors


Welcome to Friends Wilderness Center, a place of peace and tranquility within a unique 1400-acre wilderness preserve and spiritual sanctuary on the western side of the Blue Ridge, where the sounds you hear are the music of nature – a place to Relax, Renew, and Recharge.

We welcome all who respect nature and our mission to care for the rustic, natural setting entrusted to us, and to enable others to find spiritual nurturing there.  There are many reasons to visit our lovely property on the western slope of the Blue Ridge near Harpers Ferry, WV and here are a few:

  • A variety of  scheduled events which include: meditation and Qi Gong workshops, star-gazing with a professional astronomer, poetry in the trees or inside by the fire, journaling in nature, discovery hikes, nature programs on FWC trails and around our ponds, storytelling and more.
  • Hiking and exploring on your own or with friends or family; personal or small group retreats.
  • Camping for individuals, families, or groups, in your own tent or in the tree house or yurt.
  • Overnight stays in our comfortable, all-season Niles cabin, home of our General Manager, with two guest bedrooms, shared bath, and delicious home-cooked meals.

CLICK HERE to see our short introductory video.  You will enjoy it!

Another video just released!!  A wonderful video from the the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Unity With Nature Committee will move you to take action for our wonderful planet.  CLICK HERE to view it.
 Looking for something to do with kids?  CLICK HERE!!
Have a look!!  A lovely video and interview with Sheila Bach on  Click here for the article and click here for the video.  Read, watch and get a taste of what the FWC is all about.

Relax:  After a lovely drive out to visit, feel the worries and demands of the day dissipate as the sights and sounds of Nature work their magic.

Renew:  After a pleasant hike, a nice meal, some quiet reading and some time around a campfire, feel a sense of renewed vitality, optimism and ‘Ahhhhh.’

Recharge:  Head homeward with a bounce in your step, a smile on your face and a new light in your heart.











“Come….feel the peace, hear nothing but natural sounds,
and let ripples of good feeling suffuse you.”


               Currently Scheduled Programs for 2021
To find out what other interesting programs the FWC will be hosting this year please click here.                     
We hope you will participate in the above programs for heart and soul and help us honor the desires of the Niles family to use the land for spiritual and meditative purposes.  We hope to see you and your family at these events so that you experience first-hand the gentle wonders of FWC and then 'carry forth the embers of Quaker peace and fellowship' from the FWC 'hearth' and share the peace of trees, frogs, birds, firelight and gentle winds.