Welcome To

Friends Wilderness Center

Friends Wilderness is a Sanctuary of Peace.

We extend a warm welcome year round to ALL those seeking the restorative power of nature. 

Visit for a day or schedule an overnight stay:

  • Explore 1600 acres of Blue Ridge forest, criss-crossed by hiking trails and mountain streams.
  • Discover waterfalls and artesian springs.
  • Hike down to the Shenandoah River and up to the Appalachian Trail and Raven Rocks scenic overlook.
  • Find inspiration for an escape in nature in our calendar of events and programs.


To entice you to visit & inspire deeper experiences in nature,

Friends Wilderness Programs are family friendly, accommodating, and varied, including: 

forest therapy, yoga, meditation, art, poetry, bird watching, salamanders, wildflowers, star gazing, meteor showers….



Feel the worries & demands of life fade as the sights & sounds of nature work their magic.


Energize as your perspective shifts & the wonders of nature expand all your senses.


Head home with a natural glow: a bounce in your step, a smile on your face & new light in your heart.

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