Mountain Top is the perfect place for church groups to retreat to, as well as a place for full-time ministry families to grow closer to Christ and closer to each other.


It can be a life changing experience when you use one of our christian based life-enriching resources. Schedule one of our speakers to implement teaching sessions*, or use our self-guided video programs on your own.

The season at Mountain Top Experience generally runs each year from April through December.


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.





Things to do at Mountain Top

  • Hike the self-guided mountain trails.

  • Enjoy 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 tetherball, ladderball, and corn hole toss.

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

  • Use our video-based Christian curriculum or have a speaker come to implement Christian studies for you and your group.



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 retreating at the House of Joy. Courtesy of St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church of Raleigh, NC.