CSS Retreat at Big East Fork Valley

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Lake Gratitude is nestled in the heart of CSS Retreat minutes from Franklin, TN

Lake Gratitude is nestled in the heart of CSS Retreat minutes from Franklin, TN

















The Center for Sustainable Stewardship  is proud and honored to operate Big East Fork Retreat. It offers something for everyone: hiking, horseback riding, biking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, fishing, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocci ball, sunset watching, farm animals to meet, edible foraging, fire circles, music making, play acting, yoga, dancing, and enough quiet, natural places for as much solitude as desired. 

The Center for Sustainable Stewardship  is often open to the community for outdoor recreation. Please call to check on hours as we are many times closed for private functions.

All visitors who venture outside the Retreat Center must purchase a day pass. Purchasing a pass allows hiking, sitting/lounging on outside porches, forest bathing on secluded outdoor platforms by a tranquil stream, exploring the organic farm across the road (including petting and feeding Rosie the donkey, Winston the sweetest cow, and our pet goats, Smith and Wesson), and picnicking at the Lake Gratitude gazebo or the Pavillion next to Michael’s Community Garden. Most importantly, purchasing a day pass allows you to join our effort to 1) help preserve and protect 2000 precious acres of biodiverse natural treasure with which we and future generations can be blessed and 2) cultivate the new Stewards necessary to protect other natural watersheds on our amazing planet.

Big East Fork Retreat is the home of Sustainability Radio, a non-profit network of interesting conversation and other-worldly music.  Come to our studio as we record on Sundays. Become part of the conversation.

Full Day pass: $10/adult ; $5/future Steward

Half-Day pass: $5/adult; $3/future Steward (8a-noon or 1p-5p)

Family Day pass: $25 (up to three future Stewards, 5$ additional persons)

Fishing $10/person. Catch-and-release. Required TN State fishing license may be purchased in office.

Watercraft (kayak, canoe, paddleboat, paddle board; includes required flotation vest) $10/hr

Free Movie TBA

Plan your events, workshops, classes, or conferences at the Retreat or in one of nine adjacent homes. Contact us for details: bigeastfork @ gmail dot com

Several MeetUp groups use our facilities for fellowship and music making. Plan your private events, workshops or conferences. Contact us for more details at info@cssfamily.org