McDowell Conference & Retreat Center
Serving you is our privilege.
Whether you're planning a large-scale conference, a mid-level event, a small meeting, or cozy gathering, we know that choosing the perfect venue for your events can be challenging and tedious. With spaces to accommodate two to 800 people, more than 50,000 guests a year choose the McDowell Camp and Conference Center as their preferred venue.
Located on the edge of the Bankhead National Forest on the banks of Clear Creek and nestled among breathtaking canyons, waterfalls, and forests, McDowell provides an atmosphere like no other. Comfortable lodging options for up to 834 guests are available to fit any budget. Our community retains a wonderful camp-like quality, yet has not relinquished its standing as a destination built upon simple elegance and attention to service and enjoyment.
McDowell is a warm and welcoming host for any annual retreat, conference group, special needs group, or family gathering. Events at McDowell are memorable, uncomplicated, and as genuine as the historic property itself. Guests become part of a friendly and inclusive community that strives to live the way the world could be with servant-minded and easy-going staff. Guests will experience our passion for being excellent stewards of God’s creation through our use of geothermal and solar energy, and a robust recycling program. McDowell is an experience like no other.