The Nitty-Gritty


♦ Arrange your own transportation to and from your lodging, the breakfast location at Burnwood, and the presentations and dinners at our Opossum Creek Retreat headquarters.
♦ Field trips depart from and return to the breakfast location at Burnwood.
♦ Field trip transportation is provided on a big blue bus. Exactly like a blue school bus.
♦ Go to Where We Are


♦ Lodging check-in is the day before your first field trip and check-out is the day after your last field trip.
♦ Additional lodging days may be requested but depend on lodging availability.
♦ All lodging options are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
♦ We have special rate deals with our lodging partners that we pass on to you!
♦ Other area lodging option links are found under "Travel" below.
♦ Go to Lodging


♦ 2022 packages are available with and without lodging, all week only.
♦ Each day includes a field trip of your choice, three meals, presentations, field trip transportation, and an assortment of drinks and snacks.
♦ Go to Registration


♦ Breakfast is a hot buffet breakfast at 6am in an outdoor pavilion at Burnwood --exception Cranberry Glades is a grab-n-go.
♦ Lunch is served picnic style on field trips.
♦ Dinner is served at 6pm in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat, Monday through Saturday.
♦ An assortment of drinks and snacks are provided throughout the day; bring your own favorites.
♦ Go to Our Culinary Team

Trip Times

♦ Depart Burnwood by 7am --exception, Cranberry Glades departs earlier, as soon as you're all present and accounted for.
♦ Return times are around 2pm --exception Cranberry Glades returns around 5pm.
♦ Go to Trip Descriptions


♦ Popcorn Presentations are at 3pm in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat.
♦ Evening Presentations immediately follow dinner in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat.
♦ Go to Speaker & Trip Schedule

Festival Check-in

♦ Upon check-in you'll be provided a checklist, personal itinerary, name tag and other fun items.
♦ 2022 Festival check-in is Monday at breakfast.


Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, WV is approximately 60 miles (1.25 hours) from our Opossum Creek Retreat headquarters.
Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) in Beckley, WV is approximately 36 miles (43 minutes) from our Opossum Creek Retreat headquarters.
♦ Car rentals are available at the airports - make arrangements in advance as they are not open 24 hours.
♦ If you choose lodging on your own, click here for the New River Gorge Visitors Bureau list from bed & breakfasts to campgrounds or click here for local AirBnB options.
♦ Local dining options are plentiful, click here for the New River Gorge Visitors Bureau list of restaurants.
♦ In the mood for shopping local or picking up souvenirs, click for the New River Gorge Visitors Bureau shopping guide.
♦ If you forget something or want something new, we have local gear shops ACE Adventure Gear and Water Stone Outdoors, as well as Wal-Mart nearby.

Recommended from here: Where We Are and What To Pack.