Catholic Retreat Center

The Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center is located on 52 acres nestled between the Hiwassee River and the Cherokee National Forest in Benton, Tenn.

Located approximately an hour to an hour and a half’s drive from both the Knoxville and Chattanooga areas, the CPOP Retreat Center was recently acquired by the Diocese of Knoxville through generous donors. The property includes a small church, a chapel, the retreat center, guest residences, and numerous places to pray and reflect outdoors.

Construction is underway with the building of three new five bedroom houses and two additional Bunkhouses along with a meeting room and bathroom facility available for campers or those staying in the bunkhouses. Our newly constructed facilities will be available for groups beginning in June of 2018.  So make plans to join us this summer.

The facility will be open to a variety of groups from Youth Ministry gatherings and Camps to Service Groups and Family retreats to those seeking Christ’s healing mercy such as Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats for post-abortive women. Deaconate and Priestly formation retreats will also be a part of the Center activities.

Steven Hamby, is the Director for the Christ Prince of Peace Center and can be contacted by e-mail at, or by phone at 865-356-5043 to reserve the facility for your group retreat .




From Knoxville, take I-75 South to exit 52 toward Athens, turn left onto TN-305. After driving 4.9 miles on TN-305, turn left on Green Street, then take a left onto TN-30 or David W. Lillard Memorial Hwy. After 8.8 miles on TN-30, turn right onto TN-30 E/TN-33 S/US-411 S/Tennessee Ave. After 8.1 miles, turn left onto TN-30 East. After .6 of a mile, take the first left onto Locke Lane.

From downtown Chattanooga, take I-24 East to I-75 North. After 34.2 miles, take exit 36 toward TN-163/Calhoun. After .3 of a mile, turn right onto TN-163 E. After 2.3 miles, turn right onto TN-2 W/US-11 S, then take the 1st left onto TN-163 E. After 13 miles, turn right onto TN-30 E/TN-33 S/US-411 S, After 1.9 miles, turn left onto TN-30 E. Go .6 miles then, take the 1st left onto Locke Lane and the destination will be on the left.

Physical address

250 Locke Lane
Benton, TN 37307

Mailing address

Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center
c/o The Chancery
805 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919