CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: The Arc of Appalachia’s lodges will be temporarily closed until July 1. We have changed our cancellation policies so that all current reservations are eligible for refunds, credits, donations or re-bookings. To make such a request, call Kayla at 937-365-1935 or email her at email@example.com. If you book a stay for after July 1, normal refund policies apply.
Please note the Arc is currently keeping nearly all of its trails open so that people of Ohio may continue to have venues that bring them in closer contact with the beauty of nature and its rejuvenating forces. Because our world is changing almost daily in its response to the virus, we will update this site immediately if circumstances change.
Retreat Suites, Cabins & Group Lodges
at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Immerse yourself in the beauty & tranquility of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, a 2900-acre preserve that protects the unforgettable feature known as the Rocky Fork Gorge. Running through the middle of the Sanctuary is a 100-foot high steep-walled canyon in an area renowned for its stunning rock formations, ancient white cedars, and spectacular wildflower displays. Guests can enjoy over 16 miles of nature trails at the Sanctuary, and a total of 40 miles of in the Arc Preserve System, most within driving distance from the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is embedded in a region boasting the highest number of mounds and complex American Indian earthworks in North America. The Arc has saved several of these earthworks off the auction block, and operates, on behalf of the Ohio History Connection, Serpent Mound and Fort Hill – both which are recommended destinations. Our lodges, many of which are historic, are open from mid March until mid November. For more information, see FAQ LODGING, the HIGHLANDS NATURE SANCTUARY, and HIKING & VISITING OTHER ARC PRESERVES.
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Zen River Suite at the Hermitage
The Zen River Suite is perched on the rim of the bluffs overlooking the breathtaking Rocky Fork Gorge. The bed, which sets close to the floor, affords a spectacular view through six floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows. Adjacent to the Eyrie Suite at Hermitage Lodge. Private entrance and deck. One bedroom, large living room, full bath, full kitchen. 2 night minimum stay. Adult guests only.
Eyrie Suite at the Hermitage
Adjacent to the Zen River Suite above, the Eyrie has a stunning view from the deck and bedroom windows. Overlooking the Rocky Fork Gorge. Fully forested and remote setting. Slightly smaller than the Zen. Private entrance, one bedroom, livingroom-kitchenette, full bath and private deck. 2 night minimum stay. Adult guests only.
EarthStar Suite at Whispering Springs
Earthstar Suite is located in a state-of-the-art monolithic dome house with an artisan crafted interior. The Dome House features two suites and the Earthstar is the larger side featuring one bedroom and bath with a full kitchen and spacious living area. 2 night minimum stay. Adult Guests Only
Toadstool Suite at Whispering Springs
Toadstool Suite is located in a state-of-the-art monolithic dome house. The house features two suites the Toadstool and Earthstar Suite. Toadstool is the smaller suite featuring one bedroom and bath with a full kitchen and small seating area. 2 night minimum stay. Adult Guests Only
Leatherwood is a charming, cozy cabin just a few feet above the Rocky Fork Creek. Located among a small cluster of private houses and cabins on rural Cave Road within walking distance of the hiking trail hub of the Appalachian Forest Museum. Two bedrooms, one bath, full kitchen. Up to four people. 2 night minimum stay.
Chanterelle Cottage at Whispering Springs
Chanterelle is a charming, cozy second floor loft located at Whispering Springs next to the Dome House. Features two adjoining bedrooms, one bath and a full kitchen with a private deck. Limited Wifi avaialble 2 night minimum stay.
Ravenwood Retreat Center
Ravenwood is fully-restored historic mill house from the mid to late 1800’s on an exceptionally scenic stretch of the Rocky Fork Gorge. Access to a hiking trail right outside your door. Two stories of glass windows, large livingroom/diningroom, large kitchen, one bath. Reserve either the first floor or the entire house – either will still give you complete private use of the house and grounds. 2 night minimum stay.
Beechcliff Retreat Center
Beechcliff is a fully remodeled turn-of-the-century group lodge with three full length porches, five bedrooms with two single beds each, large kitchen, large diningroom, and a medium-sized livingroom. Bathroom is dormitory-style with two private baths and two showers. Designed for group gatherings. On the Rocky Fork Creek in a private forested setting. 2 night minimum stay.