With such a beautiful location it is no surprise that Waycross offers such amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. With so much to do outdoors, from hiking to swimming to canoeing and more, you won’t want to spend any time indoors! Read on to learn more about our outdoor facilities and to see some pictures.
Climbing Wall/Zip Line/Team Building Course
The climbing wall, zip line and low ropes team building course offer a fun challenge for guests of all ages. The team building course is designed to help strengthen community through challenge, cooperation, and communication. These facilities have their highest use during summer camp, but can also be reserved for your conference or retreat. Reserving the climbing wall, zip line and team building course will incur an extra fee for facilitation.
Named for Bishop Kirchhoffer, the lake is an eight-acre recreational area for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. We can also set up special paddling events at Bear Lake, Lake Lemon, and Yellowwood Lake.
Sports and Group Recreation
There are a lot of ways to spend time outside at Waycross, even if hiking isn't your cup of tea. We offer basketball, soccer, disc golf, kick ball, Mountain bikes rentals, and much more!
The 30'x60' swimming pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It has a large deck and is divided for swimmers and non-swimmers. The depth ranges from 3 to 9 feet. The pool is closed in the colder months, if you are interested in using the pool for your group please remember to ask about its availability.
Waycross has 410 acres of property with plenty of hiking trails ranging from easy trails through meadows to trails reserved for the adventurous! Stop by one of our gear stations, in the Conference Center or at the Main House to find a map and to gather supplies you might need on your hike, from water bottles and creek walk shoes to binoculars and trail games. Turn your hike into a spiritual experience with one of our trail meditations that can be found at the gear stations.
There are two outdoor Nature Centers at Waycross. The larger of the two features colorful murals depicting symbols of the State of Indiana around the outside. Inside this Nature Center discover geodes, fossils, bones and more! The smaller nature center offers a space for quiet reflection.
Niednagel Fire Circle
The fire circle provides an atmosphere open to group or individual connections. Sitting around the fire is a perfect way to share stories and songs as a group.
Much of Waycross joins a little-used portion of Yellowwood State Forest as well as the Tecumseh Trail that provides more areas to explore. Also nearby is Lake Lemon, Bear Lake and Brown County State Park.