Outdoor Spaces and Places For Any Group
At Apple Ridge, no matter the season, we have the perfect outdoor facility for your event.
William S. Hubard Swimming Pool
- A place to relax at the end of a long hike, or a party & picnic destination
- This Jr. Olympic size pool features universal access via a side water element of flowing water over rocks
Bandy Multi-purpose Athletic Field
- This playing field serves as a focal point for team sport events and fun games during a retreat
- 2 regulation outdoor basketball courts
- 2 tennis courts with covered viewing stands
A natural presentation space framed by the mountain skyline and green trees with a rippling brook as background music.
- Starrs House ~ a covered outdoor presentation area under the portico of our overnight lodge perfect for lectures, music or poetry readings.
- Lost Hollow ~ The backdrop for this stage is the forest of Apple Ridge. Quiet, with easy access by vehicles, it is a lovely spot for an outdoor wedding or celebration.
- Garden Stage ~ Dappled with shade and close to the centerof activity, this stage has ample seating for large audiences
- Stubborn Stump ~ a circle area in the center of our magical woods with late afternoon rays of sunlight filtering through nature’s own stained glass windows. Magical for a wedding or meditative retreat.
GE Dark Sky Observatory
This remote dark sky location provides access to your group to observe the night sky with minimal ambient light intrusion. Volunteers from the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society are available to conduct night sky excursions. Your group can expect superb lunar, planetary, and deep sky objects to come into the view.
Hiking Trail System & Challenge Course
The Team Challenge Course has tangible benefits for a wide variety of groups. It can help the general day-to-day activities of a school classroom; it can help build teamwork for athletic programs; enhance the communication and cooperation between students in music classes, drama groups, or cheerleaders; it can also help develop a sense of community, unity, and purpose within service clubs and other student organizations. It includes:
- Over 5 miles of wilderness trails with varying degrees of difficulty open to the public by reservation
- Handicapped access trail which meets the National Forest Service Universal Access to Outdoor Recreation Design Guidelines
- Includes five overlooks offering different settings and views.
- Challenge course consisting of 18 challenges at various stations along two of our trails are a great destination for any group. Our Universal Access trail enables handicapped campers to participate in Team Challenge activities.
- A High Ropes Course
- Two 50 ft. climbing walls
- 600 ft. zip line
- A climbing tower which includes a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge skyline.