Trough Creek Laurel Lodge is a beautiful five bedroom and three bath mountain home built on 2.25 acres and available for your family vacation, family reunion, or small church retreat. The lodge was designed and built by Judd and Susan Buckwalter and their children in 2011. It was important to them that the design of the lodge would provide a classic rustic experience where multiple families could vacation together, making new memories and strengthening relationships. Planning your vacation is effortless as the lodge is located only several minutes from Tatman Run boat launch and swim area on Raystown Lake, and Trough Creek State Park.
The lodge is a traditional stick built home with cypress wood siding on the outside and knotty pine tongue and groove boards on the interior walls. The ceiling height is 25' to the exposed hemlock ridgepole and rafters creating an extraordinary open lodge feeling. The main living area boasts an 8' foot wide stone fireplace, dining table and living room seating for twelve, and fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. The lodge will sleep up to twenty people. There are five bedrooms consisting of eight full size beds and six single size bunks. For your entertainment we have provided a brand new oak pool table by Heirloom Billards in Strasburg, Pa, foosball table, ping pong table, high style hickory card table, and 46' flat screen television with DVD player and a variety of DVD's (no cable). For your convenience a washer and dryer are provided.
Raystown lake is an 8,000 acre lake. Surrounding it are picnic areas, beaches, boat launches, campgrounds, trails, hunting, fishing, marina, concession stands, etc
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Judd is a Marriage and Family Counselor and a Counseling Professor at a Bible College. Susan is a homemaker who also does insurance billing at Judd's counseling practice. They have four children, two dogs and a cat.
Family is very important to the Buckwalters. Their purpose in building the Lodge was for their own extended family to have a large enough place to enjoy some time together in the future. It was also important to them that other families would be blessed to have a place to meet as well. The Buckwalter's also had a need for a place to provide marriage and pre-marital retreats. Originally they were just looking for wooded land. Finding land so close to Raystown lake was just an added blessing.
Enjoy your morning cup of coffee on the back porch in the rockers or on the porch swing. If you don't feel like taking a short drive to the lake, the waterpark, or Trough Creek State Park. You can always stay at the lodge and hike on one of the many trails within walking distance. One trail leads to the top of the mountain where you will see a breathtaking view of the lake. A short hike behind the lodge will take you to a beautiful creek where the young at heart can explore with the provided bucket and nets. Inside the lodge you can enjoy a game of pool, pingpong, or foosball. A variety of dvd's and a large screen tv are provided with plenty of seating for a large group. In the evening you can sit in the Adirondack chairs around the fire pit behind the lodge and make smores. We have found that Raystown lake and Trough Creek State Park encompass much of the same beauty we have enjoyed over the years at some of our favorite vacation spots in the Smokies and at Lake Gaston, but all this enjoyment and relaxation is much closer.