About Hinton Rural Life Center
A Sacred Space to Retreat, Reflect, and Renew
Hinton Rural Life Center is a retreat and conference center in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, where guests can come to retreat, reflect, and renew. We offer meeting spaces, overnight accommodations for groups of up to 200, as well as lodging for individuals and families.
Hinton is also a mission agency, with year-round opportunities for individual volunteers and mission teams to work with us and “alongside” our neighbors in Safe and Healthy Home Repair ministry. Other options include our firewood and garden ministries. With its outreach focus, Hinton seeks to enhance the long-term quality of life in our rural area. And, Hinton guests “pay it forward,” as our lodging revenues help support our outreach programs.
Hinton is a United Methodist agency, and we welcome all — all individuals, all faith traditions, and non-faith-based groups seeking to meet, retreat, and serve in a spirit of acceptance and mutual respect.
We invite you to experience Hinton Center hospitality and to become a part of our community through your stay and/or service.
View a map of our campus here: Hinton Campus Map.
It began as a vision . . .
Hinton Rural Life Center began in 1957 with a vision, a building, and 4.5 acres of land in Hayesville, a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The Center came into being as the result of a gift of property from J. Walter and Velma Moore of Hayesville; a financial gift from Alice Lanier Hinton in memory of her late husband, Harold H. Hinton, of Athens, Georgia; and donations of money, materials, and labor from individuals and churches interested in the development of a rural life center, under the auspices of the Methodist Church.
In 2021, Hinton Rural Life Center celebrates its 60th anniversary! Still offering scenic views of Lake Chatuge and the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Hinton’s campus consists of over 15 facilities on 33 acres of property. Our lodging options include Hermitage cabins, Lodge rooms, retreat houses, and RV sites. Conference offerings include large and small meeting spaces and dining rooms, an executive chef, and fiber optic internet connections. There are also indoor and outdoor worship areas, including a labyrinth, as well as trails, disc golf course, fire pits, and a dock for boating, swimming, and fishing.
In addition to offering space and place for individuals, families, and groups to gather, meet, and retreat, Hinton continues to “walk alongside” our neighbors in this rural mountain community through a variety of ministries, including Safe and Healthy Home Repair, firewood and garden ministries, and local youth and adult leadership development. Hinton also continues our commitment to training and equipping clergy and congregations in new and engaging ways, to offer transformational ministries that “cultivate hope” in their own communities.
Anniversary Highlights — Save the Dates!
Saturday, June 5 — Birthday Cupcakes Giveaway at Hinton display, Clay County Rotary Club Car-B-Que event, on the square in historic downtown Hayesville, NC; 11am-3pm
Sunday, June 6 — Evening gathering at Hinton’s Lakeside Worship Center and Pavilion; join us for “Lakeside With Lights” drop in, 8:30-10:30pm
Saturday, August 21 — “Swing for Hinton, Swing for Hope” Charity Golf Tournament, Mountain Harbour Golf Club. Register now for this fundraiser event that also raises awareness of Hinton’s local community outreach programs, as well as promotes our tournament local business sponsors. For more info, event flyer, downloadable registration form, and to register on-line, click HERE.
Friday, September 24 — Appalachian Treasure: Dinner & Dialogue – fundraiser meal, featuring local artists, regionally-sourced dinner, and moderated discussion on Thriving Rural Communities
Saturday, September 25 — 11am Celebration Service at First UMC Hayesville, with guest preacher Bishop Ken Carter
Saturday, September 25 — 12:30pm Community Celebration at Hinton’s Lakeside Pavilion
60th Anniversary Clergy Reflections!
To learn more about the many ways Hinton has impacted the lives and ministries of individuals, congregations, and communities, we’ll post weekly Reflections in video and written formats prepared by clergy throughout the Southeast. To watch videos of the Reflections, go HERE or follow Hinton on Facebook for the weekly Saturday video posts. Written Reflections are below: