About Us

About Us

My son's time at Camp Pinnacle was a remarkable, experience, providing him with a rare opportunity to experience a culture that champions kindness, cooperation, respect and camaraderie. It was life-changing. - Nanette Coughenour, parent from Allison Park, PA

Welcome to Camp Pinnacle

Camp Pinnacle is located on 126 beautiful and private acres in the mountains of Western North Carolina near Hendersonville.  The scenic camp property includes forests, creeks, trails systems, large fields, and stunning private 20 acre Wolf Lake. Read more about or facilities here.

Camp Pinnacle prides itself on having a rich 85 year camp history combined with a modern 21st century approach to summer camp. With a focus on fun, safety, community, the outdoors, and developing 21st century life skills, we partner with parents to create a memorable and impactful summer camp experience!

Ages / Grades:

Camp Pinnacle serves both boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15 (Grades 2 - 9). Read more about our sessions here.


Read about Camp Pinnacle’s qualified and dedicated Director’s. With over 100 years of combined camp experience, this team is considered visionaries in the camping world. Their dedication to the success of every child and their support of an incredible staff team is what makes the Camp Pinnacle experience truly unique. Click here to read profiles on our Directors.


Looking for directions to our camp property? Visit us at 1 Wolfe Lake Drivve, Hendersonville North Carolina. Click here to view our mailing and physical address.

Adventure Treks:

For campers looking for outdoor adventure beyond the camp facility, we also offer summer adventure camps for young people ages 13 - 18. Visit Adventure Treks website at www.AdventureTreks.com or call us at 888-954-5555 today!

Letter From the Directors:

It was a sad day when Camp Pinnacle closed its doors in January 2010 after an 83 year run. A place that had resonated so strongly with thousands of youth would no longer be inspiring the next generation. The surrounding community expected (and feared) that this storied camp would soon be just another housing development. As I drove by the shuttered camp on my daily commute, I wondered who, if anyone, would rise to the challenge of rejuvenating the special and magnificently scenic camp before it was too late.

After months of discussion, my wife Jane and I decided that we were not only up for the challenge, but also uniquely qualified to facilitate the camp’s comeback. We believed we could bring our 20 years of experience in youth development from our adventure camp for teenagers, Adventure Treks, and modify it to be suited for elementary and middle school children at Camp Pinnacle. We felt that introducing a new approach to traditional summer camp would make camp even more relevant and fun for today’s families.

So in 2011, we jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back. We have never worked so hard, nor enjoyed our work more! We enlisted our friend Steve Baskin, Director of Camp Champions and National Board Member of the American Camping Association, to help us envision the perfect camp for 21st century kids. In the spirit of preserving existing Camp Pinnacle traditions, we hand-picked our Assistant Director, Fayssoux Evans (a six-year camper and counselor), from Camp Pinnacle’s impressive alumni. After a national search, we found our Director, Ben Lea. He brings a wealth of experience from reputable North Carolina camps. This leadership team truly breathes fresh, new life into Camp Pinnacle. Renovating a classic summer camp and bringing together a counselor team to share our love for Pinnacle has been the opportunity of our lives. It’s the best gift we could have asked for, because Camp Pinnacle is truly the perfect place to raise our own four children. Knowing how important role models - who aren’t their parents - are to developing youth, we love being able to choose the young adults who will not only inspire your children, but also our own.

Read more about Camp Pinnacle's Summer Camp by visiting our Camp Life Page or reading about Camp Pinnacle from a Parent's Perspective.

We are eager to welcome you to the Camp Pinnacle family and are
excited to treat your kids as if they were our own!

John & Jane Dockendorf,
Executive Directors