Women's Outdoor Retreat 2017

  • Hickory Knob State Resort Park 1591 Resort Drive McCormick, SC, 29835 United States

The Women’s Outdoor Retreat is a weekend event designed for women to experience nature and outdoor recreation with like-minded ladies in a non-competitive environment. Nature walks, kayaking, fishing, outdoor cooking, and photography are just a few of the nearly 30 classes from which to choose.

Click here to see photos from our 2016 Women's Outdoor Retreat.

The next Women's Outdoor Retreat will be held September 15-17, 2017 at Hickory Knob State Resort Park.  ALL lodging is being held at this time.  In late Spring 2017, we will open Event Registration AND Lodging Reservations at the same time.  If you are not on our mailing list, you can join HERE, to receive future announcements for this event.

The Retreat is presented by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and sponsored by Cabela’s and Hickory Knob State Resort Park. We are pleased to also have the support of several outfitters and organizations including the Little River Blueways, SC Department of Natural Resources, Earth Connection Outfitters, Berkeley County Blueways, Colonial Ladies Society, Lake Thurmond Sail & Power Squadron, Get Your Gear On, Adventure Carolina, Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, and Savannah Lakes Village.  These partnerships enable us to provide a wide variety of activities conducted by a diverse group of expert instructors.  A special thank you is due to the numerous individual volunteers who so willingly donate their time to share their knowledge and expertise.    


LOCATION:  Headquarters is Hickory Knob State Resort Park - 1591 Resort Drive, McCormick, SC.  The park is located about 2 hours west of Columbia, SC.  The closest airport is located in Augusta, GA. 

AGE GUIDELINES:  Open to females age 16 and older (no maximum age).  Girls ages 16-18 must be accompanied by responsible adult – no supervision will be provided. 

TIMES:  The Retreat will open for check-in at 11:30 am on Friday.  The first class begins at 1:30 pm on Friday, and the last class concludes at noon on Sunday.          

REGISTRATION:  The registration fee is $100 per person, meals and lodging are separate (see below). 

DEADLINES:  Registrations will be accepted, in the order they are received, as long as space is available.  Registration forms received after that will be placed on a waiting list.         
REFUNDS:  90% of registration fees will be refunded when requested in writing or by email at least 3 weeks/21 days prior to the Retreat.  50% of registration fees will be refunded 5-21 days before retreat. 

MEALS:  Hickory knob has a full-service restaurant serving three meals each day.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are available, as well as a full menu of options.  Lighter options include a soup and salad bar for lunch or dinner. 

You may choose to purchase our Retreat Meal Plan for $70 per person, which will allow you to avoid standing in the cashier’s line after each meal.  The meal plan covers the hot buffet & salad bar, drink & gratuity for each included meal - plan includes all of these meals: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.  The meal plan is only available in advance, and no partial meal plans will be sold. 

A special effort has been made to ensure that the meals are affordable and meet the dietary needs of everyone attending the retreat, including those preferring a vegetarian meal.  The cabins have fully-equipped kitchens, but hotel rooms have no cooking facilities.  Grills are not allowed in rooms.    

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hickory Knob’s accommodations include motel rooms and cabins.  Camping is also available.  You are encouraged to stay at the park in order to enjoy the full experience and the camaraderie of the other participants.              

Lodging Rates for 2016 were as follows:  (prices include all taxes and fees)

Hotel Room - $170.21 for two nights, includes taxes and fees, includes 2 double beds and private bathroom. All rooms have satellite TV, coffee pot (coffee provided each day) and phone; some rooms also include small fridge, microwave, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

Cabin - $237.17 for two nights, includes taxes and fees, includes kitchen with refrigerator and stove/oven, living room with sofa (they are no longer sleepers) and bedroom with 2 double beds, private bath. Also includes 2 satellite TVs, coffee pot (bring coffee – they will have some in there) and phone. If you plan on cooking, you might want to bring your own cookware, etc. They have a fry pan and a pot, basic plates, bowls etc. They do not provide sharp knives.

Campsites in park campground - $22.25 per night, electricity & water at each site. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers. All sites accommodate RVs up to 30 feet, 21 of which are waterfront. Tent camping is also permitted. *please note that campground is approx. 2 miles from event headquarters & meeting rooms*
CLASSES:  You will be able to choose among 30 different classes.  You will be assigned to as many of your choices as possible – a minimum of six (6) and up to eight (8) workshops. Most classes last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, but some last up to 4 hours.   A confirmation letter with your class schedule will be sent about a week prior to the Retreat.  Schedule changes can be made upon arrival at Hickory Knob.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Sara Green at the South Carolina Wildlife Federation through email HERE