Lodging & Dining


Plan your visit to PARI



  • Our new, spacious cabins include four rooms centered around a common area.
  • Each room is private and has its own keyed access.
  • Each room contains beds, desks, and dressers. Typically a room is configured with both queen sized beds, and bunk beds.  Some rooms can sleep up to six occupants.
  • Each room has private restroom facilities. 
  • Separate heat and air conditioning units serve each room.  The common area also has its own controls, allowing for a comfortable environment for all. 
  • Guests can rent individual rooms, or entire cabins.


Available to Cabin guests only

❄️ Mini Fridge
🍽️ Microwave
🍵 Coffee Maker (pod style, Keurig compatible)
🌡️ Individually climate controlled rooms
🧑‍🦼 ADA accessible rooms available
🚭 All rooms are non-smoking
🎉 Large common areas with farmhouse tables and benches
⛰️ Decks overlooking a peaceful mountain stream
👀 Binoculars in each room
🎒 Educational activity guides packaged and ready to go in each room

Available to both Cabin guests and Camp Site guests

📶 Complementary Wi-Fi
🚶 Hiking Trails on site
🔥 Fire Pit
🚙 Ample free parking
♿ Handicap accessible parking
🌌 Dark site for optimal sky viewing
🔭 Viewing areas to set up your own telescopes
🌄 Mountain observation deck with 360° views and spectacular sunsets
🤫 Remote, private, and quiet site. Secure and monitored.
🏞️ Blue Ridge Parkway only 12 miles away
💦 Numerous waterfalls within a 30 minute drive


  • No pets allowed in the cabins.
  • No smoking, vaping, tobacco, or illegal drugs are allowed in the cabins or on the PARI site.
  • No outside guests are allowed on PARI property; all guests should be listed during registration.
  • No weapons are allowed in cabins or on PARI site.
  • Keep any alcohol in your room.
  • PARI quiet times are from 10pm through 8am.
  • Common areas in the cabins are shared with other guests.  Please be respectful!
  • Check out is by 10am on the morning of your departure.  Leave key cards on the table in your room.

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about staying at PARI.


Several areas on our 200+ acre site have been set aside for tent camping. Some are in open fields shared with large radio telescopes. Others are nestled between the trees alongside small mountain creeks. All offer beautiful views of PARI’s entire campus and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest. Camp sites have access to designated fire pits. Some are adjacent to bathroom and shower facilities.


Student and summer residences are determined by gender and age and offer a friendly atmosphere for fun, learning, and growth.  Dormitories contain common areas and shared restroom facilities that are conveniently located next to dining and classrooms.


Dormitories have access to laundry facilities either in the same or a nearby building.  All are within a short walk to our classroom, museum, and office spaces. Please inquire about availability of additional items such as refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, or anything else your group might require.


PARI’s new kitchen serves up delicious and nutritious meals for large groups of guests and campers, including those with special dietary restrictions. We offer a variety of options from buffet-style meals to tailored menus for private groups with table service. We are happy to work with you to satisfy your dining needs and offer something for everyone.

You can eat your meal within our dining hall or on our pond-side deck with picnic tables.


  • Continental breakfast
  • Buffet style lunch and dinner with vegetarian options
  • Snacks and beverages throughout the day

Dietary Restrictions – We are glad to accommodate your dietary restrictions, please make these arrangements before your camper arrives. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate alterations to dietary restrictions after menus are planned and camper check-in is complete.


If your group is spending the day with us, they are sure to work up an appetite.  We can make sure your hungry learners stay happy.  Visiting field trips can choose the following meal options:

  • PARI provided bagged lunch: typically consisting of a sandwich, side, drink, and desert.
  • PARI provided hot lunch: work with us for menu options.
  • A designated indoor or outdoor space to eat a meal you pack and bring yourself.