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Jonathan Creek

Western Kentucky’s Pennyroyal Plateau contains some of the most beautiful natural land in the United States. The Land Between the Lakes is a national recreation area that serves as a watershed for the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, which flow into the region and create both Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.

Crossings at Jonathan Creek is located just 30 minutes south of Interstate 24 along Kentucky Lake’s western shore on a quiet and private lakefront property. Situated on 100 of the state’s most beautiful acres, Crossings at Jonathan Creek is one of the premier camp destinations in the Midwest. From our recreation lake to our world-class zip-lines and aerial adventure park, Jonathan Creek offers a host of activities suited for groups of all ages. The variety of housing and meeting spaces allow for any group to customize a camp getaway experience suited to their needs and purposes, all while being surrounded by wildlife, woodlands, and stunning lake views. Crossings at Jonathan Creek is conveniently located close to Murray and Paducah, and is 2 hours from Nashville and 3 hours from Memphis, TN

Conference & Meeting Space

To customize your group’s experience at Cedarmore, three main conference and meeting spaces are available to meet the needs of your group. Each space is equipped with modern updates, audio/visual equipment, and can be customized for use in accordance with Jonathan Creek guest policy

Jonathan Creek also features J-Cafe and our Price Hall to meet the food service needs of your group

A.M. JOHNSON WORSHIP CENTER

Jonathan Creek’s premier meeting space, A.M. Johnson worship center is the perfect place to host larger conferences, retreats, and events. Equipped with the latest in A/V equipment, including graphic projection mapping for in-room themes, the theater style seating and full stage will meet all of your event needs. The worship center also features several breakout rooms for smaller group sessions.

LASSITER CONFERENCE CENTER

Lassiter Conference Center is a well-equipped meeting space for smaller groups or larger breakout groups. Its centralized location on the campus places it right next to the dining hall and recreation lake making it convenient for your group’s use

SHOEMAKE CHAPEL

Boasting some of the best views on the property, Shoemake Chapel is is perfect for groups of up to 200 to utilize and create your own unique camp experience. Several breakout rooms are located downstairs from the main meeting hall and are convenient for smaller group sessions

J-CAFE

Featuring leather sofas, high-top tables and chairs, and a surround sound large rear projection screen, J–Café is the perfect place for adults to gather together, enjoy some great coffee, relax and enjoy Wi-Fi, and take advantage of the beautiful property landscapes

PRICE HALL

Price Hall is Jonathan Creek’s recently renovated and upgraded dining facility. Capable of servicing several hundred guests per meal, Price hall is a buffet style all-you-can-eat dining experience featuring chef-inspired cuisine, a full salad bar, and self-serve beverage stations

Housing & Accomodations

Jonathan Creek offers four unique accommodation types to meet any group’s size and budget goals. Below you will find descriptions of our hotel inspired rooms, lodges, dorms, and motel style housing, as well as our dining facilities

HOTEL INSPIRED ROOMS

Suitable for couples or small families, these rooms feature a queen bed and a bunk bed, en-suite bathrooms, and hotel inspired amenities. These rooms are perfect for leadership accommodations, small group retreats, and for anyone looking for our most comfortable lodging

TURNBULL, WALLACE, ELLISON, HURST, AND LONE OAK LODGES

Our lodges all feature 9 rooms, all equipped with four bunk beds and private bathrooms and showers. Each lodge also features a kitchenette and a central common room, perfect for group hangouts

WALLER DORM

Waller dorm is a centrally-located dorm-style accommodation featuring 3 main wings and a smaller side wing of rooms. Each wing has its own common bathroom facility with collegiate style shower and bathroom stalls. The center of Waller dorm also features a large common room

GRAY MOTEL

This motel-style accommodation boasts some of the best views of the entire campus. Perfect for groups of all sizes, each room has four bunk beds and a private bathroom. Gray Motel also features an exterior deck that overlooks Kentucky Lake and the grounds; a perfect place to take in the magnificent Jonathan Creek sunsets.

Recreation & Activities

An attractive draw of Jonathan Creek is the variety of recreation and activities available to our guests. From zip lines to bazooka ball, and from our sports fields to the private recreation lake, every group has the ability to customize their recreation experience from the ground up. Choose from our list of offerings and add one or all of our activities to maximize your group’s enjoyment of their camp getaway experience

JONATHAN CREEK RECREATION LAKE

Our recreation lake is the center of activity at Jonathan Creek. Featuring inflatable trampolines and climbing walls, tube slides, a zip line and a blob, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The lakefront pavilion also provides shaded tables and a snack shack for midday pick-me-ups

ZIP LINES

Crossings Camps offer some of the best Zip Lines in all of Kentucky! Zip through the tree tops as you fly up to 30 miles per hour 40 feet above the grounds as our staff sees you safely to the end of the line. A thrilling experience you are sure to remember

BAZOOKA BALL

Bazooka Ball is a run-and-shoot-em game for all ages! Two teams begin on opposite ends of a field covered in barriers and obstacles and try to capture the other team’s flag all while avoiding being shot by dense foam balls launched from air cannons

AERIAL ADVENTURE PARK

Our Aerial Ropes course at Jonathan Creek, the park is a climbing challenge that is safe for all ages. Fixed with a special belay system, our Aerial Adventure Park provides hours of entertainment and exercise all while climbers take in the beautiful views of Jonathan Creek and the surrounding lakes

HUMAN FOOSBALL & GAGA BALL

These two games are signature fun found at Crossings Camps. Human Foosball is just like it’s tabletop counterpart game, but played with humans, and Gaga Ball is a supercharged dodgeball type game played in an octagon shaped arena

SPORTS FIELDS & COURTS

There will be no shortage of sports activities for our guests at Jonathan Creek. Soccer, Bubble Soccer, Baseball, Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee Golf, Volleyball, Basketball and more are offered in our excellent fields & courts

FISHING & CANOEING 

For those looking for a gentler pace, Jonathan Creek’s fishing & Canoeing out on Kentucky Lake allows guests to take in the serene surroundings as they reel in their daily catch or paddle the lake’s shores

SWIMMING POOL

Our swimming pool offers our guests the perfect venue to soak up the sun, enjoy the cool clear water, or take in a game of water basketball, all while being looked after by our camp lifeguards. Restrooms and changing rooms are conveniently located poolside

Property Map

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Directions to Jonathan Creek

Please Note: Although our address is 3043 Beal Road, Hardin, KY, DO NOT go to Hardin, KY to find the conference center. Jonathan Creek is located approximately 4 miles west of Aurora, KY. We are approximately 120 miles northwest of Nashville, 200 miles southwest of Louisville, and 200 miles southeast of St. Louis. You can enter these coordinates (36.790252,-88.208309) into Google Maps to direct you to Jonathan Creek.

Download a printable map of Jonathan Creek coming from the North (PDF)

Download a printable map to Jonathan Creek coming from the South (PDF)

From Louisville

  1. Take Interstate 65 South to Elizabethtown
  2. Get on Western Kentucky Parkway at Elizabethtown
  3. Take Western Kentucky Parkway/I-69 to Interstate 24 (Paducah exit)
  4. Exit from Interstate 24 onto Purchase Parkway (Exit 25A, Fulton exit)
  5. Take Purchase Parkway to Exit 47 Draffenville/Aurora.
  6. Turn left off Exit 47 and travel approximately 15 miles until you cross the Jonathan Creek Bridge.
  7. After crossing the bridge, you will come to the top of the hill and see the Dinner Bell Restaurant on the right.
  8. Turn right onto Beal Road, which is in front of the Dinner Bell Restaurant. (If you pass the Dinner Bell and come to Aurora, you have gone too far.)
  9. Travel 1.5 miles on Beal Road until you come to a white water tower.
  10. Turn right about 100 ft beyond the water tower and enter the grounds to Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center.

From Cincinnati

  1. Take Interstate 75 to Lexington, KY.
  2. Get on Bluegrass Parkway and take to Elizabethtown, KY.
  3. Get on Western Kentucky Parkway at Elizabethtown.
  4. Take Western Kentucky Parkway/I-69 to Interstate 24 (Paducah exit)
  5. Exit from Interstate 24 onto Purchase Parkway (Exit 25A, Fulton exit)
  6. Take Purchase Parkway to Exit 47 Draffenville/Aurora.
  7. Turn left off Exit 47 and travel approximately 15 miles until you cross the Jonathan Creek Bridge.
  8. After crossing the bridge, you will come to the top of the hill and see the Dinner Bell Restaurant on the right.
  9. Turn right onto Beal Road, which is in front of the Dinner Bell Restaurant. (If you pass the Dinner Bell and come to Aurora, you have gone too far.)
  10. Travel 1.5 miles on Beal Road until you come to a white water tower.
  11. Turn right about 100 ft beyond the water tower and enter the grounds to Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center.

From Southern Illinois

  1. Follow Interstate 24 to the Purchase Parkway.
  2. Exit from Interstate 24 onto Purchase Parkway (Exit 25A, Fulton exit)
  3. Take Purchase Parkway to Exit 47 Draffenville/Aurora.
  4. Turn left off Exit 47 and travel approximately 15 miles until you cross the Jonathan Creek Bridge.
  5. After crossing the bridge, you will come to the top of the hill and see the Dinner Bell Restaurant on the right.
  6. Turn right onto Beal Road, which is in front of the Dinner Bell Restaurant. (If you pass the Dinner Bell and come to Aurora, you have gone too far.)
  7. Travel 1.5 miles on Beal Road until you come to a white water tower.
  8. Turn right about 100 ft beyond the water tower and enter the grounds to Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center.

From Memphis

  1. Take Highway 51 to Purchase Parkway
  2. Take Purchase Parkway to Exit 47 Draffenville/Aurora.
  3. Turn right onto Hwy 68 and travel approximately 15 miles until you cross the Jonathan Creek Bridge.
  4. After crossing the bridge, you will come to the top of the hill and see the Dinner Bell Restaurant on the right.
  5. Turn right onto Beal Road, which is in front of the Dinner Bell Restaurant. (If you pass the Dinner Bell and come to Aurora, you have gone too far.)
  6. Travel 1.5 miles on Beal Road until you come to a white water tower.
  7. Turn right about 100 ft beyond the water tower and enter the grounds to Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center.

From Nashville

  1. Take Interstate 24 West to Cadiz (Exit 65)
  2. Turn left off exit and proceed west on Highway 68/80.
  3. Cross Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake (Two bridges)
  4. After crossing the second bridge, turn right at the top of the hill onto Hightway 68 (it is poorly marked).  Stay on Highway 68 and go approximately 5 miles until you reach the Dinner Bell Restaurant on the left. The Dinner Bell is approximately 2 miles from Aurora. (If you come to a small bridge called the Jonathan Creek Bridge, you have gone to far)
  5. Turn left onto Beal Road immediately past the Dinner Bell Restaurant. It will look like you are turning into a parking lot.
  6. Travel approx 1 mile on Beal Road until you come to a white water tower.
  7. Turn right about 100 ft beyond the water tower and enter the grounds to Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center.

House Policies & Rules

Jonathan Creek and its staff aim to represent Jesus Christ and exemplify lives lived according to His gospel and His word. Because of this, it is our desire to distinguish ourselves as a place of family values, virtuous personal conduct, and a care for the environment surrounding the camp and for all who utilize the camp property. For this reason, the following policies will be enforced for all groups utilizing the property:

  1. Alcoholic beverages/drugs are not allowed on the anywhere on the premises.
  2. Smoking is not allowed inside any building or in high-traffic outdoor areas.
  3. No fireworks of any kind are permitted. Candles or other open flames may not be used by guest groups in any building.
  4. Pets and other animals are not allowed on the premises.
  5. Firearms of any type are not allowed at camp properties.
Food

Meals – Guest groups are required to take at least two (2) meals in Crossings’ dining facility for the first night they are staying and one meal for any additional nights. Facilities are not designed for groups to prepare their own meals. Dining halls should not be used as meeting space for groups.

Food Storage – Due to health code regulations, Crossings will be unable to store any food for guest groups.

Grilling – Guest groups may use outdoor grills after approval by Crossings Staff. Grills must be gas only and positioned no less than 30 feet away from any building. Groups planning to grill should still take two meals in Crossings’ dining facility per each night’s stay.

Snacks – Crossings may provide snack breaks (additional fee required) to guest groups no later than 10:00 pm. Guest groups providing their own snacks should also bring paper products and serving utensils.

Extras – Coffee pumpers may be provided to guest groups during their visit. Arrangements should be made prior to guest arrival (additional fee required). Ice bags will be sold on the property for $1.00 per bag.

Amenities

Computer/Internet – Wi-Fi is accessible on the properties in public areas. Guests should bring their own computers.

Phone Service – Guest rooms are not equipped with telephone lines, and pay phones are not available. Cell phone service is available in some areas on the property.

Linens – Guest groups may select linens to be provided for an additional charge. Arrangements should be made prior to guest arrival. Linens include pillows, sheets, blankets, bath linens and soap.

Programs

Campfires – Crossings may provide campfire usage in designated areas during guest visits (additional fee required). Crossings staff will set up and light the fire. *Please note: in cases of a state-issued “Burn Ban,” Crossings will be unable to provide this service.

Lake Activities – Guest groups may choose to participate in various lake activities facilitated by Crossings Staff. Lake activities may ONLY be used under supervision of Crossings Staff. Arrangements should be made prior to guest arrival (additional fee required). Life vests MUST be worn on the dock at ALL times. Note: Due to the nature of lake activities, female guests should wear shorts over modest one-piece bathing suits while participating.

Team building Elements – Guest groups may choose to participate in the team building events facilitated by Crossings Staff. Team building elements may ONLY be used under supervision of Crossings Staff. Arrangements should be made prior to guest arrival (additional fee required).

Check-In/Check-Out

Group Check-In – Each guest group should have a designated Group Leader to facilitate check-in at the property. The Group Leader will be given a radio to contact on-call staff, all room keys, a site map, emergency contact info, local areas of interest/attraction, and a list of damage costs.

Decorations may be used in conference spaces or lodging areas as approved by Crossings Staff.

Check-Out – A member of Crossings Staff will do a walk through of guest lodging prior to check-out. Guests will be responsible for all damages to camp facilities taking place during their stay (See Damage Costs).

Guests may be asked to check-in and check-out at certain times based on the schedule of the property.

General Respect

It is the responsibility of each guest group to respect both people and property while visiting Crossings’ facilities.

More than one guest group may be on the property at a time. Please limit excessive noise after 11:00 pm to show consideration for others.

Guest groups are allowed to drive vehicles on the property. Please use appropriate parking areas and drive carefully to ensure the safety of all guests.

Guest groups should also be respectful of other guest groups in their dress. Please avoid extremely revealing clothing, or clothing with profanity, distasteful designs, or inappropriate messages.

Forms & FAQs

All students and adults that are attending camp must complete an online Crossings Medical Release Form. (In order to complete the Medical Release Form, they simply need to visit our website, www.gocrossings.org, and click on the Participant Account link and then create a Participant Account.) If you have participants that do not have internet access, we have provided you with a printable form on your Group Leader Account. Once the student has completed the printed form, you will need to create a Participant Account for them, fill in their information, and print out their form for them to sign along with their guardian.

Certificate of Liability

Each rental group must submit a Certificate of Liability from their insurance provider naming Crossings Ministries as the Certificate Holder. This form is required before groups arrive on the camp property.

What are your rates based on?

Our rates are based on the number of nights, number of meals, type of lodging, number of guests per room, and the use of linens.

What activities are available?

We have many high-energy activities that are sure to make for a fun weekend retreat. Some of our staff-run activities include Bazooka Ball, Zip Lines, Climbing Tower, Team Building, and Waterfront. In addition, we have recreation fields and volleyball and basketball courts available for use at no charge.

How much does a meeting space cost?

We provide one complementary meeting space for every group that comes onto the property. We do not guarantee a specific meeting space, but will guarantee a space that best serves your group based on size and technical needs.