Recreation & Local Experiences

Many people who come to the Barn and Retreat Center and Boyds Mills aren’t looking for “things to do” per se.  Many have a focus: they’re with a group at a workshop, meeting, or special retreat; on a personal retreat to focus on work; or with a small group to work and spend time together.

But relaxation and fun are productive too!  There are amazing things to do nearby, and beauty all around our property.

We’re tucked away in the scenic Upper Delaware River Valley, in the Pocono Mountains foothills. We’re surrounded by a 1,300-acre forest, situated just a stone’s throw from Calkins Creek.  We’re also just a short drive from Honesdale, PA, Narrowsburg, NY, Bethel, NY, and Calicoon, NY.

There is a lot to experience locally within a short driving distance, including many outdoor adventures.

Train Sign
Hiking
Creek
Kayaking

Culinary Adventures

Immerse Yourself in Nature

  • 2.5 miles of hiking trails (adjacent to the retreat center on woodsy terrain over 1,300 acres)
  • Country roads for a leisurely walk or run
  • Irving Cliff Hike
  • Lake Wallenpaupack (Popular tourist destination with boating and other lake activities)
  • National Park Service (Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River)
  • Lacawac Sanctuary (Nature trails and year-round educational programming)
  • Prompton State Park (Boat launching and picnic areas on a lake maintained but the US Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Varden Conservation Area (Educational programming available including guided walks)
  • Delaware Highlands Conservancy (Year round programming based on conserving natural resources of the area. Offers winter eagle watching tours; a nature preserve is opening in Fall 2021)

Local Adventures

Cultural & Arts Sites

Seasonal Festivals