Visit the Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Zen River Suite at the Hermitage
 The Zen River Suite has a spectacular view out six floor to ceiling bedroom windows. Fully forested setting on the precipice of the Rocky Fork Gorge. Adjacent to the Eryie Suite at Hermitage Lodge. Private entrance and deck. One bedroom, large living room, full bath, full kitchen. 2 night minimum stay. Adult guests only.

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Eyrie Suite at the Hermitage
 

Adjacent to the Zen River Suite above, the Eyrie has a stunning view from the deck and bedroom windows. Overlooking the Rocky Fork Gorge.Fully forested and remote setting. Slightly smaller than the Zen with a private entrance, one bedroom, a livingroom-kitchenette, private deck and full bath. 2 night minimum stay. Adult guests only.

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Leatherwood Cabin

 Leatherwood is a charming, cozy cabin just a few feet above the Rocky Fork Creek. Located among a small cluster of private houses and cabins on rural Cave Road within  walking distance of the hiking trail hub of the Appalachian Forest Museum. Two bedrooms, one bath, full kitchen. Up to four people. 2 night minimum stay. 

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Beechcliff Group Lodge
 Beechcliff is a fully remodeled turn-of-the-century lodge with three full length porches, five bedrooms with two single beds each, large kitchen, large diningroom, and a medium-sized livingroom. Bathroom is dormitory-style with two private baths and two showers. Designed for group gatherings. On the Rocky Fork Creek. 2 night minimum stay.

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Ravenwood Retreat Center 1st Floor
Ravenwood is fully-restored historic mill house from the mid to late 1800’s on an exceptionally scenic stretch of the Rocky Fork Gorge. Two stories of glass windows, large livingroom/diningroom, 3 bedrooms, large kitchen, one bath. Up to 6 people. Reserve the first floor only and you will still have complete private use of the house and grounds. 2 night minimum stay.

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Ravenwood Retreat Center Full House
 Ravenwood is fully-restored historic mill house from the mid to late 1800’s on an exceptionally scenic stretch of the Rocky Fork Gorge on the west side of the Sanctuary. Two stories of glass windows, large livingroom/diningroom, 5 bedrooms, large kitchen, two baths. Up to 10 people. Ravenwood Listening Trail accesses right  behind the house. 2 night minimum stay.

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AGREEMENT OF TERMS:

 
It is critically important that you take the time to read each of our following policies to ensure that you will enjoy your stay at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.
We have exceptionally beautiful facilities in a 2200 acre nature preserve. The Sanctuary is a special destination for people who love nature and historic buildings,  desire more quiet and beauty in their lives, and appreciate a temporary break from high speed communication. Because of what we do offer, our facilities are not for everyone. Please read each of our policies before clicking that you are in agreement. Be sure to review the last paragraph which explains the possibility of insect entry in our lodges.

 
Payment and Cancelation Policy
First nights deposit is due upon booking your lodge. This deposit is non-refundable and is required to hold your reservation. The remainder will be due a month before your check-in date. We will send you an email to remind you.
 
Pet Policy
Pets are not permitted at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. This policy applies to both lodges and trails.
 
High Speed Connections
There are no televisions, phones nor internet in any of the lodges. Cell phone service is limited, in an emergency you can pick up service on Highway 50.

Checking in and out
Check in time is no earlier then 4pm on the day of arrival. Please be checked out of your lodge by 11am on the day of departure. Check-in instructions are provided through an email confirmation letter, please print this email and bring it with you.

Families
All facilities welcome families except the Eyrie and Zen suites, which are adult-only.

Accommodations Capacity
Daytime occupancy is limited to the maximum number of overnight guests shown for each lodge.

Smoking
We provide healthy environments for our guests. Smoking and using chemical sprays inside our lodges is not permitted.


All of our lodges are immersed in a protected preserve that abounds in wildlife, including mammals and insects. Our lodges are scrupulously clean and fully modern, and even though all insects are removed from the lodge by our housekeeping staff prior to your arrival, it is possible, even likely, that some will re-enter. It is not uncommon in our lodges to encounter harmless animals that are relatively rare in the city but very common here. Wildlife visitors can include spiders, wasps, ladybugs, wood roaches, and native (and pretty darn cute) white-footed mice. If such visitors would cause you duress, we recommend that you seek an alternative destination.