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Getting there

Our address: 305 Friends Way, Harpers Ferry, West VirginiaThe China Folk House Retreat is on a property called “Rolling Ridge Conservancy.” Once you turn on Mission Road, you will need to travel down a long gravel road (1.5 miles) with some blind curves so please drive carefully.


Follow signs for “Niles Cabin” and the “China Folk House." Do NOT follow signs for "Retreat House." This is a different property!


There is a ford across a small creek. Small cars drive across this ford regularly. For perspective, Prius’ do fine, but a Mini Cooper may find it a bit too rough. Large school buses will not fare well on our road. If you are in a large group, please come in no larger than a 28 passenger bus. 

Note that cell service exists for most services here but does not work inside the Folk House (the walls are thick) and there is no WiFi. You may have difficult with cell service in the Rolling Ridge Conservancy. 


The Niles Cabin is next to the Folk House and you can park before you reach either site at the small fork that separates the paths to the cabin and the China Folk House.


Dress casually and comfortably with sensible walking shoes. If you are coming to help with construction work, please wear clothes that cover your arms and legs. Summer time is tick time at the China Folk House. To avoid getting bit, tuck your pants into your socks and do a thorough tick check at the end of the day. 


The spaces are mostly open air and not heated although if it is cold, we will have an outdoor fire. If you like to hike, there are many trails long and short and you can access a trail map here


As of March 28th, 2023, our commercial kitchen is under construction, so we cannot serve food at our site. Unless specifically arranged, please pack your own food if you are staying for an extended period of time. Bring a water.   

If you have further questions, please reach out to

Thank you for visiting! 

We hope you enjoyed your visit at the China Folk House. Your support will help us to continue providing immersive learning experiences for others. Every little bit helps!

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