About Us

The Perfect Venue for Your Conference or Retreat

Step away from the hustle and bustle to our full-service conference facility nestled on nearly 200 acres of beautiful forestland on Lay Lake in Columbiana. We offer a variety of lodging and meeting facility options as well as on-site catering designed to meet the needs of your group.

  • A beautiful natural environment with the finest in Southern hospitality.
  • Comfortable accommodations for groups as small as 10 to more than 285 people.
  • A variety of exquisite event spaces to meet the needs of your group.
  • LCD or monitors for presentations available in each space. Some areas have wireless connectivity through Zoom.
  • Delicious full-service meal and break catering for group events.

Wander along this riverbank of natural beauty where splendid days turn into fireside nights. This is the ideal location for your next event.

Kristy Abrams

Alabama 4-H Center Director

dining room
wicker chairs on the porch
meeting space
Interested in adding facilitated team building or other outdoor activities for your group?

We Can Deliver

team building exercise

Team Building

kids in canoes paddling away from the dock

Canoeing & Kayaking

teams playing volleyball

Leisure Activities

owl perched on a handler's arm

Environmental Education Programs

The Alabama 4-H Center is operated by the Alabama 4-H Foundation and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University), an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome! Please let us know if you have accessibility needs.


Charming Accommodations

We can host groups of more than 285 people on nearly 200 acres of lush woodlands overlooking Lay Lake in Shelby County. Relax and savor the experience.

Hotel Rooms

Dorm Rooms


See What we Offer

Flexible Meeting Facilities

Whether your group has 10 people or 200, we have a variety of meeting spaces to meet their needs. Audiovisual equipment including Zoom capabilities can be added. Wi-Fi is included at no charge with a minimum of 10 people.

Make Plans for Summer 2024

4-H Summer Camp

Start thinking now about summer camp at the 4-H Center in 2024!

Food & Drink

Meals & Catering

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Savor mouthwatering homestyle meals specially selected by our chef for your group event.

Break Refreshments

Enjoy delicious refreshments in your meeting room. We will deliver and set up everything you need.

Catering & Specialty Meals

Wow your group by selecting from our specialty menu.

I don’t really know of anything that could have been better. We had a blast! Thank you for making our first-ever annual retreat a great experience.

Danny Kirkland

HealthSouth Printing Services


What Our Guests Are Saying

In my 20+ years of doing event management, I’ve never had a more pleasant, successful experience.

Dan Gilbert

Play On Con

Everyone rated the food and service as being outstanding!

Dave Howell

Honda Manufacturing

Visit Lay Lake

We Have Vacancies

We deliver a unique event experience. Contact us today to book your next conference or retreat.

(205) 669-4241
892 4-H Road, Columbiana, AL 35051