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Prayer Tower

“It seemed that the place of prayer should be round.” -Betty Motsinger

Baptismal Pool

Come experience baptismal by spring water immersion.


Perfect for a wedding, concert, or worship service.

Red Barn

This Appalachian charm is ideal for weddings, reunions, and parties.



Find sanctuary for your soul at High Pastures, a Christian retreat center nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A place for individuals, couples, families, and groups, free of electronic distractions, open year round. Accommodations for groups ranging from 1 to 160 persons are available.


Though the focus is a place to meet with God, activities may include hiking, nature study, volleyball, horseshoes, cornhole, ladderball, badminton, and cookouts or campfires near the Prayer Tower. Tasty meals are served to groups of 20 or more. Cooking facilities are provided for smaller groups in some of our buildings.


In 1958, Elizabeth Motsinger, seeking a hideaway in which to seek God found this place. She had been struggling for years to know if God actually exists, and, if so, whether He could be known.  As it emerged, God established it as a place where “His sheep” could be fed, find refuge and refreshing, be equipped and strengthened for service, and anointed for ministry.


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High Pastures is an interdenominational Christian retreat center; an ideal space for individuals
or groups to experience rest and renewal. The 732-acre cove is the perfect setting for you or your
group to enjoy peace and serenity in the mountains. High Pastures welcomes individuals or groups of any size up to 160 people and its range of lodging options, meal service, and meeting space can be tailored to meet your needs. While High Pastures does have some on-site activities, like hiking and volleyball, its true purpose is to serve as a place to meet with God.


High Pastures

High Pastures
290 Kings Highway
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

tel: (828)682-3138
fax: (828)682-7386

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