About Kirkridge

Since 1942, Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center has provided a place for rest and renewal to pilgrims along life’s journey. Our retreats, our hospitality, our gorgeous vistas, and our sacred grounds have blessed, and continue to bless, countless lives.

We are located on a ridge of the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge of Northeast Pennsylvania, overlooking the Delaware Valley. As we look back on our over seven decades of service in this community, Kirkridge is now standing on its own precipice, and we look forward to what the next years of service will bring. 

For the past 75 years, we have served a thriving Christian and interfaith community. Looking ahead, we plan on serving an even wider community of people of good faith, no faith, and interfaith – and providing safe harbor to all.

As we work to embrace a wider community, our spirit of excellent hospitality is more important than ever. Our historic motto of “picket and pray” has now extended itself “to protect, tend, and embrace.”

From the peak of the ridge to the clear waters in the valley below, the new century calls for stewardship, nurturing, and embracing inner stability with outer sustainability.

We invite you, as pilgrims in search of a balanced life, to help us nurture the ground on which we stand and the people with whom we interact each day to build a safe, sustainable future.

Our Staff

Sue Caiazzo, Housekeeper

Fanny Hohmann, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Janet Lewis, Registrar 

Lydia Wylie-Kellermann, Executive Director (lydiawk@kirkridge.org)

Nichola Torbett, Assistant Director

Gail Shook, Housekeeper

Joyce Weishaupt, Bookkeeper

A Place For Everyone

A unique experience for all

Check out the Pocono Community Calendar for more things to do in the area while you are at Kirkridge.

Feel free to call and ask if you’re looking for anything specific to do in the area and we’ll try our best to accommodate you.

Coming back to nature often means coming back to ourselves.  The first thing you will notice at Kirkridge is the wide expanse of vista and open space of land to explore. Located on the Kittatinny Ridge of the Appalachian mountain range, our location offers the perfect place to walk, hike, or just sit and observe the sky.

From our scenic overlooks, birdwatchers can delight in the flight of red-tailed hawks, an occasional bald eagle, or even an owl. Photographers will love the autumn foliage, walking in the woods as spring breaks forth or the shadows of the winter sun. Hikers will enjoy the numerous trails around the mountain, many of which interconnect with the Appalachian trail. 

For a meditative experience, all guests may walk the outdoor meditation labyrinth, enjoy a quiet walk around the Kirkridge tarn, or visit our neighboring megalith park known as Columcille.

Whether you’re here for a retreat, a professional event, or a quiet weekend away, you will find our spot on the mountain always welcomes you.  

Traveling To Kirkridge

Guidance for any path you choose

No matter how you or your party is traveling, we want your journey to Kirkridge to be seamless and free of frustration the entire way. Our main location is at 2495 Fox Gap Road in Bangor, PA 18013.

Follow the directions in the drop down boxes below by clicking on your preferred method of travel. 

Feel free to call us if you need help or additional directions of any kind. 

From I-80: Take Pennsylvania exit number 307 (Old Exit 50) in Stroudsburg to Route 191 South. Take Route 191 South approximately 5 miles to the top of the ridge. The first Kirkridge sign will be for the Nelson Lodge, proceed to the second sign and turn left (Fox Gap Road) for our Turning Point, Hermitage, Farmhouse and Van der Bent facilities.

From I-78: From either the east or west, take the Route 22 exit and follow to Route 33 North. Take Route 33 North to the Route 191 exit at Stockertown. Take Route 191 North through Stockertown, Ackermanville and Bangor. Continue approximately 5 miles to the top of the ridge. Turn right at first Kirkridge sign (Fox Gap Road) for our Turning Point, Hermitage, Farmhouse and Vander Bent facilities. Turn right at the second Kirkridge sign for the Nelson Lodge.

From New York City (port Authority) take Martz Trailways to Stroudsburg/Delaware Water Gap- DWG( not Bangor). There are several buses daily(www.martztrailways.com). For information call Trailways @ 800-858-8555 or @ port authority: 212-564-8484. In New Jersey call 800-233-8604.

From Philadelphia. Greyhound goes to Stroudsburg twice a day(www.greyhound.com). Call 800-231-2222.

Call Pocono cab service @ 570-424-2800 or Uber to bring you to Kirkridge. Please make sure they leave you at the building being used for your event. The building is listed in your information packet sent by Kirkridge for Kirkridge events or should have been given to you by the leader of your event. If they leave you at the wrong building there may not be anyway for us to get you to the correct building for your event.

Turning Point

  • 610-588-0249
  • 2495 Fox Gap Rd Bangor, PA 18013

The Nelson Lodge

  • 610-588-5078 
  • 3501 Valley View Dr Bangor, PA 18013


  • 610-588-0954
  • 2281 Fox Gap Rd Bangor, PA 18013           


  • 610-588-2565
  • 2260 Fox Gap Rd Bangor, PA 18013

If you fly in to any airport (ABE, EWR, or PHL) there are several commuting options. Click here for car service information.

Lehigh Valley International, (formerly ABE), Allentown, PA – Uber to Kirkridge costs between $40 and $60.00. (depending on time and availability)

Newark International Airport, Newark NJ- Uber to Kirkridge costs between $90.00- $114.00 (depending on time and availability)

Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA-Uber costs $125.00 (depending on time and availability). If you choose this airport it is not likely shared rides will be available, we recommend the options above.

If using Uber please make sure to be dropped off at the specific building address where your retreat is located.