Come Relax and be at peace

Come as a family to relax, reconnect, explore nature and build fond memories among the rolling hills and towering pines of East Texas. Elijah's Retreat is a place where all children can come to be themselves. The entire family can enjoy the quiet, peaceful setting with no schedule to keep and with lots of opportunities to build memories.

See what our guests have to say

"Vacations are stressful or just nonexistent for families affected with autism and this was the easiest and most meaningful one we have had! This place is amazing and offers something for all ages. The cabins come complete with games, toys, and movies. Bring carrots to feed the sweet animals."
Troyce Hamm Smedema


  • Play Area – One Acre fenced in playground with swings, slides, rope climbing, sand boxes, giant blow-up water slide and plenty of room to run.
  • Outdoor Family Activities –  Families can go on a barrel train ride, fish in the pond, roast marshmallows at a bonfire, go on a hayride and hike along 5 miles of forested trails.
  • Lil’ Ranch Hand Adventure –   Help feed mini cattle, chickens, goats, mules, ponies, and a donkey.  The lil’ ranch hands can ride and help brush the ponies and hand feed the Nigerian Dwarf goats.
  • The Activity Barn –  A sensory room, basketball goal, ping pong, foosball and special events.   

Check out the cabins

Each family will stay in their own two-bedroom cabin with a full kitchen and laundry room. The cabins are built among towering pine and oak trees overlooking pastures with horses, donkeys, miniature cows and goats.   

Your charitable donation goes a long way

Your donation really makes a difference. It is the mission of Elijah's Retreat to offer a wonderful experience at the lowest possible cost for families, but to accomplish this mission we depend on your help. Elijah's Retreat is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit US corporation and your charitable donation is tax deductible. Elijah's retreat operates with no administrative cost with a volunteer staff. You can rest assured that your donation goes directly to helping families facing autism.

There is nowhere more peaceful than Elijah's Retreat. It is such a phenomenal place for autism families to relax, recharge, and reconnect. This is such a blessed place and we are so grateful that we found it!
Amy Whitecotton
"We absolutely love this place! Peaceful, welcoming, beautiful, filled with fun activities. Our daughter enjoyed the petting zoo, horse back ride, hay ride, tractor ride (LOTS of them), different swings, playgrounds, zip line, and quiet places. Parents enjoy worry free grilling, fishing, late night fire pit, coffee on the porch and kind people and animals. Thank you everyone who supports Elijah's retreat!"
Ekaterina Mukhammadieva
"Elijah's Retreat is an answer to prayer. Our children love this place and the peaceful serene setting is soothing to our soul. This year was the best ever. Ivalee was up at four a.m. sitting on the porch swing waiting for the sun to rise so she could play in the play ground and feed Ms. Jackie some carrots."
Lynda Byrd