Kirkridge Retreat Center is located on the Kittatinny Mountain ridge of Pennsylvania and offers spectacular views to the east and to the west, as well as opportunities to the explore the woodlands unique to this region. From various vistas on the property, guests can enjoy looking toward New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley or north toward the Pocono Mountains. Dedicated to preserving natural resources of this land, the governing board placed 107 of our 170 acres in permanent land conservancy in 2014 with The Nature Conservancy.
Referred to by some as a “national park for the soul,” Kirkridge offers both quiet and rest for our guests. Each of our four residential guest sites offers access to a variety of local trials for all levels of ability. The Appalachian Trail, going from Georgia to Maine, passes through our land.
Kirkridge Retreat Center was founded during World War II in 1942, by Christian clergy, seminarians and lay people. Historically its motto was the phrase, "picket and pray." Today, Kirkridge welcomes all groups and persons seeking a natural setting for reflection and renewal. Today guests continue to experience both the invitation to welcome quiet along with an equal invitation to take seriously the challenge to work for social and economic justice in the global world. Open to all expressions of people’s spiritual journeys, we are a place of hospitality and welcome to the outsider, the traveler and the seeker.
Our property is accessible by car and is located south of Stroudsburg from Interstate 80 on Route 191. Coming from the Lehigh Valley driving East and North we are located on Route 191 about 6 miles from Bangor, PA.
Our buildings, The Farmhouse, Turning Point, Nelson Lodge, the Hermitage, Skye Apartment are all clean and well cared for buildings. We can accommodate groups as small as 4 individuals to approximately 90 people. There is limited space for individuals and it is seasonal. Most rooms are double occupancy single beds with sinks in each room. Bathrooms facilities are usually shared and located off the main halls. Dining and meeting facilities are conveniently located in each residence location. While guests may choose to bring their own meals, Kirkridge is known for its welcoming hospitality and excellent food prepared by expert chefs. Every effort is made by our staff to accommodate specific dietary needs.
Propane or Natural Gas Heater
Kitchen Supplies Available (if any)
Kirkridge is known for its wonderful food and we also allow groups to bring their own food. There is an extra cleaning charge for kitchen use due state regulations. In each buildings kitchens are well equipped for groups.
What to Bring
We are a retreat center and dress is casual. If you are planning to hike, please bring appropriate shoes, a water bottle, and day pack. Layers are always a good idea not matter the season.
For each guest, linens and towels are supplied. We ask each guest makes their own bed and strips the bed at the end of their stay. Hand soap is supplied however, shampoo, conditioner, lotions and hairdryers are not supplied. It is always a good idea to bring a flashlight.
You may bring you own alcoholic beverages. The safe and legal use of alcohol is expected.
Nightly Rate or Fee (if any)
Please contact us at 610-588-1793 to discuss how we can best serve your group. Lodging for individual or couples is availabe on a lomited basis.
Direct Link to Reservation Site
Please contact Janet at 610-5881793 to discuss your needs and reservations or visit us on our website at www.kirkridge.org.
We are mindful at Kirkridge that the resources of the world are limited and must be conserved for future generations. We recycle, are careful with our energy use and ask our guests to do the same.
Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes
Kirkridge has been in this location since 1942. We have a long and proud history of serving both the local community and being a nationally recognized retreat and study center. Presently we run both a small school and serve local families who have young adults with intellectual disability and autism. See: www.schoolatkirkdige.org and www.tipatkirkridge.org.
We do our best to purchase our food from local vendors, shop at small businesses and employ local staff.
While we are located on a hill, we are accessible in three of our four main lodging areas for people who needs chair access. Please state your accessibility needs carefully when calling so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.
Pet Friendly Notes
We are unable to accommodate pets due to a variety of allergies of guests, we are happy to welcome your service animal.
We enjoy the beauty of each seaons at Kirkridge and are open to host your group every day of the year. Special arrangements are made during certian holidays.