The season at Mountain Top Experience generally runs each year from April through mid-November.*


* Bookings for non-ministry related stays are only available for days between June 15 through August 15 and for the last two weeks of October. Exceptions to this can be made if guests will attend at least one hour of Christian programming during their stay in order to fulfill our ministry requirements.


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.
  • Attend one of our workshop weekends (any scheduled retreats that are open to the public will be announced on our home page).



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.