Come to Mountain Top for your next getaway! All are welcome: Individuals looking for a beautiful, serene place to hide away, or families who crave a place to grow together. Mountain Top is the perfect place for Church groups to retreat, as well as for family reunions.

Mountain Top Experience's season runs from April 1 through October 31 each year.


Mountain Top Experience is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2000 by Martin and Joy Haymond. Their vision was to have a place for people to bond together while experiencing the majesty of God's creations in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.




Our partners in Christ

Through Living with Victory online podcasts, Laureen & Tony Giorgio share their life stories of hope and encouragement through their faith in Jesus Christ. 

You too can find peace, joy, and victory in life. It's not about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain, with Jesus as your umbrella.


Things to do at Mountain Top

  • Hike the self-guided mountain trails.

  • Sing and tell stories around a roaring campfire.

  • Relax on the breezy wrap-around deck at the House of Joy and enjoy the gorgeous mountain views.

  • Explore the mountain streams.

  • Play outdoor games, including tether-ball, ladder-ball, corn hole toss and horse shoe.

  • Check out our collection of family-oriented books, games and movies.

Off-site Activities

  • Horseback Riding

  • Fishing

  • Rafting

  • Zip-lining
  • Shopping in historic downtown Waynesville
  • Exploring nearby Smoky Mountain National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Spend time in popular nearby cities and towns, such as Asheville or Cherokee.

This video journals the experience of a group of young men having their summer retreat at the House of Joy. Courtesy of St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church of Raleigh, NC.

Mountain Top Experience

54 Solid Rock Rd, Waynesville, NC 28785 

Phone: 828-400-2317