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Coming to Cedar Cross?

Here's your guide to what to expect, what to bring, etc.

Getting Here

  • We encourage you to carpool since parking is limited.
  • Please use our directions. Mapquest, Google Maps, GPS, etc. may not be accurate.


  • As you come down the driveway, we invite you to turn off your radio as a transition to a quieter pace.
  • If you are staying at the Lodge, please drop your belongings off at the first building you come to. Come inside and check in, and then proceed ahead and to the right to the parking area. Pulling fully into numbered spaces allows others to pass.
  • If you are using another facility and haven't been here before, park and check in with us at the Lodge, and we'll tell you where you need to go.

Cell Phones

  • You may (or may not) have cell coverage at Cedar Cross, depending on your service provider and where you are located on the grounds.
  • Consider putting your cell phone on vibrate or even turning it off. Even if you have service, we suggest minimal usage.

What to Bring

  • For groups staying at the Lodge, bring single bed sheets. For the other facilities, please check the Accommodations page for info about bed sizes. Blankets and pillows are provided.
  • Towels
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Informal, comfortable clothing
  • Walking shoes as there are 4 miles of unpaved trails for walking and places to sit and be quiet. There is also a labyrinth and a unique Way of Jesus for meditative walking.
  • Flashlight
  • Writing, reading, and/or art materials if desired.
  • Drinks: Modest amounts of beer and wine are OK to bring. We have great water so you don't need to bring bottled water. If you are with a group staying at the Lodge, bring a cooler if you have drinks or food items that need to be kept cool. We do not have extra space in the Lodge refrigerator. Individuals staying at Herons Nest or Woodsong have access to refrigerators in those facilities.
  • Snacks: OK to bring items for personal or group use. Limited space available in Lodge kitchen for group snacks.
  • Children and animals: Please do not bring children or pets unless pre-arranged.

Catered Meals for Groups

  • Our meals are mostly hearty vegetarian but we do sometimes include dairy, poultry, seafood, or bacon.
  • If you are coming with a group, and you have special diet needs, please let your group leader know as soon as possible and have them call us to discuss options a week or more prior to your retreat date. We can accommodate gluten-free diets with advance notice but can make other modifications only with prior approval.
  • When the meal is ended, returning to the meeting room allows the caterer to clean up and prepare for the next meal.
  • We ask you to re-use your cloth napkin to reduce laundry.

Food for Individuals and Small Groups Using Herons Nest or Woodsong

  • Bring whatever food or beverages you want to consume; no food is provided.
  • There is a grocery store and a few restaurants in Louisburg, 6 miles from Cedar Cross.
  • There are coffeemakers, but you will need to bring your own coffee.
  • Kitchens are equipped with dishes, eating utensils, and basic cooking equipment. If you know you will want something (even a little) specialized, either call us to check or bring it with you.
  • Plan to bring all ingredients including seasonings if preparing food.


While Cedar Cross does not meet all the code requirements for handicapped accessibility, it is handicapped friendly. We are out in the woods, but we have created some pleasant places to sit outdoors that are easily accessible.


  • No smoking in any indoor area
  • Smoking is permitted on decks.

Quiet Hours: We ask for a quiet time from 11 PM to 7 AM.

Other questions? Please check other areas of this website, or contact us.

We will be praying for you before and after your retreat and look forward to welcoming you to Cedar Cross. The staff wants to help make your retreat as meaningful and productive as possible.

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Updated: September 2016