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A Natural Place To Meet

Beyond its role as a training center for the state parks system and other agencies, The Summit provides a serene and natural setting for successful employee training programs, family reunions, youth retreats, teambuilding conferences, spiritual retreats, marriage retreats, holiday parties and club events. Its client list includes businesses, government agencies, conservation organizations, college and university groups, mental health organizations, hobby groups and churches, just to name a few.

The Summit at Haw River State Park offers complete environmental education, retreat, and conference center amenities for lodging, meeting, recreational, and special programming for overnight groups ranging from 10 to 180 and day use groups ranging from 10 to 200. The Summit includes eight indoor meeting spaces, motel and dormitory-style lodging, and recreation facilities including a six acre lake and multiple walking trails.

The Haw River Program (HARP)

The Summit is a true outdoor environmental learning center, offering optional programming through the Haw River Program (HARP).

HARP's education staff can provide a variety of courses and innovative activities for youth and adult groups of all sizes. These wide-ranging courses, as well as nature walks and team-building sessions, build on a respect for nature and are an excellent addition to any conference.

HARP makes use of multiple indoor classrooms for lab exercises and presentations as well as two outdoor amphitheaters, hiking trails, a six-acre lake and an expansive boardwalk that meanders through pristine wetlands. All of this support's HARP's commitment to immersing students in an engaging, informative, entertaining and inspiring curriculum.