Learn More about The Vineyard

Our retreat, camp, and conference center has been sharing the Gospel of Christ for more than 50 years and has touched the lives of many children, youth, and adults. Our property spans over 110 acres of beautiful land, making it an ideal location for your next youth camp, ladies' or men's retreat, school function, or family getaway. We hope you find all the information you need to plan your next unforgettable experience with us.

At The Vineyard, our ultimate goal is to bring glory to God and help all our visitors grow closer to the Lord Jesus. For some, this may mean accepting Jesus as their savior for the first time. For others, it could mean recommitting themselves to living a life that honors God. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, we strive to create an environment that is centered on Christ and encourages growth in faith. Our hope is that you'll enjoy the beautiful creation around us and draw closer to the Creator God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Vineyard Christian Retreat Center has a rich history that began in the early 1970s when Gene Smith founded the Gene Smith Evangelistic Association with a group of Christian laymen and ministers. After leasing many facilities across the Southeast for summer camp youth ministry, Smith felt led to build a dedicated space for camps, leading to the purchase of 80 acres of land and the construction of The Vineyard conference retreat center in 1982.

In addition to The Vineyard, Smith also built "My Father's House," a home for orphaned, abused, neglected, and rejected boys, which eventually became the Lake Lodge. Today, the Coffee County Baptist Association owns and operates both The Vineyard Conference Center and Lake Lodge, collectively called The Vineyard Christian Retreat Center, which hosts various groups from different denominations and schools throughout the year.

Support the Ministry 


We would absolutely love for you to join us in supporting the Vineyard Christian Retreat! If you're interested in volunteering your time, effort, and talents, please don't hesitate to call us at (334) 762.2256 or shoot us an email at info@vineyardretreat.org. We're always looking for servant-minded individuals like yourself to help us out.

Of course, we also appreciate any financial support you're able to provide. You can easily mail your donations to us at:

Vineyard Christian Retreat 245 Country Road 131 Ariton, Alabama 36311

To make things even easier, please make all checks payable to: Vineyard Christian Retreat.

Lastly, please keep our ministry in your prayers as we continue to serve the community. Thank you so much in advance - we truly appreciate your support!

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Facilities & Accommodations

Conference Center

The Vineyard Conference Center is perfect for larger groups and conferences, with the ability to house up to 160 guests comfortably. The center also features an indoor gymnasium and a commercial kitchen, making it an ideal space for all types of groups. Additionally, the conference center boasts large dining and meeting areas that can accommodate various events and gatherings.

Lake Lodge

The Lake Lodge offers over 5,000 sq. ft. of space and can be configured to support either two smaller groups or one larger group of up to 50 people, and includes 2 kitchens and a dining room. It also features a beautiful lake view deck, 2 cozy living rooms with fireplaces, making it a perfect space for children, youth, or adults to gather and enjoy.

Vine Garden

For those seeking a great atmosphere for dining and conferences, the 2,000 sq. ft. addition to the Conference Center offers a stunning view of the scenic grounds and can accommodate groups of up to 144 people, making it perfect for both large conferences and intimate dining experiences.

Getaway Cabin

If you're looking for a retreat, our two-bedroom cabin overlooking the upper lake is the perfect choice, providing a large private front porch, a sleeping loft for children, an open concept living area with an electric fireplace, and an old-style board-and-baton walls kitchenette. Ideal for couples, pastors, and families, the cabin comes with all necessary linens and offers a tranquil atmosphere for a pastoral or family retreat.

Getaway Cabin 2

Our private one-bedroom cabin overlooking the forest is the perfect retreat for couples, pastors, and small families, offering an old-style board-and-baton walls kitchenette, and a private front porch with a tranquil atmosphere. It also provides all necessary linens and a cozy, quiet space for a pastoral or family retreat.

Conference Lodge

The Snead Conference Lodge offers a peaceful and picturesque wooded setting with 22 motel-style rooms, a spacious conference room, and great dining area, making it an ideal choice for marriage retreats and adult conferences. The lodge also provides all necessary linens and a quiet atmosphere for a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Recreation & Activities 

Challenge yourself as you conquer various obstacles, from rope swings to climbing walls, and push your limits in a safe and exhilarating environment.

Immerse yourself in the magic of live performances at our outdoor amphitheater, where talented campers and entertainers take the stage. From talent shows to captivating theatrical productions, the amphitheater provides the perfect setting to showcase your skills and create lasting memories under the starlit sky.

Indulge in the beauty of our lake pavilion, a serene oasis for relaxation and social gatherings. Whether you're hosting a lakeside barbecue, enjoying a picnic with loved ones, or simply unwinding with a book, the picturesque pavilion offers a tranquil retreat surrounded by nature's splendor.

Sports enthusiasts will find their haven in our well-maintained sports fields. Engage in friendly matches of soccer, basketball, volleyball, and more, as you unleash your competitive spirit and forge lasting friendships with fellow campers.

Embark on a hiking adventure and explore the scenic trails that wind through the enchanting surroundings of The Vineyard. From breathtaking vistas to encounters with local wildlife, our hiking experiences provide an immersive connection with nature and an opportunity to appreciate the wonders of the great outdoors.

For indoor entertainment, our game room awaits, promising hours of excitement and friendly competition. Engage in thrilling matches of ping pong, pool, foosball, and an array of other games, ensuring that rainy days or downtime are never dull at The Vineyard.

Join us at The Vineyard, where adventure and relaxation harmonize to create an unforgettable summer camping experience. 

Obstacle Course

Outdoor Amphitheater

Lake Pavilion

Sports Fields