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Western Carolina University

Department of Residential Living
1st West Scott Hall

Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723

8000Largest Group
50Meeting Rooms
3,500Overnight Guests
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  • Western Carolina CatafountWestern Carolina Catafount

  • Blue Ridge Conference RoomBlue Ridge Conference Room

  • The Courtyard Dining HallThe Courtyard Dining Hall

  • The Courtyard Dining HallThe Courtyard Dining Hall

  • WCU Catering with Aramark DiningWCU Catering with Aramark Dining

  • WCU Catering with Aramark DiningWCU Catering with Aramark Dining

  • Buffet Style Catering in Blue Ridge Conference RoomBuffet Style Catering in Blue Ridge Conference Room

  • One of many meeting locations (Hospitality Suite)One of many meeting locations (Hospitality Suite)

  • Banquets of all sizes (Concourse)Banquets of all sizes (Concourse)

  • DJ Setup for a Special Event on CampusDJ Setup for a Special Event on Campus

  • The CatafountThe Catafount

  • Campus Recreation CenterCampus Recreation Center

  • Western Carolina UniversityWestern Carolina University

  • Outdoor Adventures: White Water RaftingOutdoor Adventures: White Water Rafting

  • Outdoor Adventures: Great HikingOutdoor Adventures: Great Hiking

  • Summer accommodations availableSummer accommodations available

  • University Center BalconyUniversity Center Balcony

  • John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts CenterJohn W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

  • The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity CenterThe Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center

  • The Alumni Tower and the University CenterThe Alumni Tower and the University Center

  • Monument to Our Mascot: The CatamountsMonument to Our Mascot: The Catamounts

  • Western Carolina Alumni TowerWestern Carolina Alumni Tower

  • The Alumni TowerThe Alumni Tower

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  • Technology
  • Area Attractions
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Nestled in a scenic valley amid the Blue Ridge Mountains, event venues and conference centers at WCU are only 25 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, tons of hiking, whitewater rafting, and great mountain exploration.

WCU encourages groups with an educational purpose to use our facilities. Groups and organizations WCU works well with include, but are not limited to: band camps, athletic camps, nature and outdoor camps, youth organizations, religious organizations, and more. Whether your group is 200 or 2,000, we are excited about sharing our facilities and providing a great experience.

We invite you to visit WCU for a campus tour and learn more about why Western Carolina University is a great choice for your next event.

Read the latest news about WCU!:
WCU Named Top Adventure College
WCU's Marching Band Opens Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
WCU Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
WCU Opens 400 Student Residence Hall

View our university website here: WCU Conference Services and Event Venues

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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Asheville - 50
Charlotte - 165

Greenville, SC - 105
Gatlinburg, TN - 57
Pigeon Forge, TN - 64
Knoxville, TN - 120
Atlanta, GA - 150
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Asheville Regional Airport; Asheville, NC / 60
Public Transportation Options:
Taxi
Bus
Parking:
Fee
Availability:
WCU offers an assortment of large conference rooms, general meeting rooms, classroom spaces, several theatre spaces and an 8,000 seat multi-use arena. Meeting space is available year-round. Residential accommodations are available for the summer months.

Some of our unique Western Carolina event settings include:

The A.K. Hinds University Center: Located in the center of campus, the UC houses state of the art meetings rooms that accommodate 15 – 500.

The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center: Ramsey has an 8,000 seat main arena, a 25,000 square foot concourse, a private hospitality suite and an auxiliary gymnasium.

The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center: The Fine and Performing Arts Cetner has a 1,000 seat hall for music and theatrical performances. The center also houses the Star Lobby and Gallery Room for display and reception areas.
Room Type(s):
Residence Halls
Hotel-Like
Suite/Private
Suite/Apt Style
House
Bath Type(s):
Private / Shared / Communal
ADA Accessible:
Yes
Largest Group:
8000
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
50
Largest Classroom Style:
Several locations that can accommodate 120+
Largest Theatre Style:
1,000
Number of Overnight Guests:
3,500
Technology:
WCU offers a full range of audio/visual and multi-media capabilities. All meeting rooms and residence hall rooms have high-speed internet connections (or wireless connectivity). Computer labs, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing facilities are available.
Onsite Wireless Internet:
Free
Onsite A/V Staff:
Yes
Food & Beverage:
Complete food service from simple cafeteria fare to elaborate banquets, receptions, picnics, or boxed meals can be provided. See the 'Catering' and 'Dining' tabs for more information.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Yes
Complete Meeting Package:
Yes
Ropes Course / Team Building:
yes
Special Rates and Packages:
All-inclusive package pricing is customizable to fit your needs.
Phone:
828-227-3024
Ideally suited for:
Corporate Social Events
Expo/Competitions
Meetings/Conferences/Trainings
Outdoor Event Space
Social/Special events
Youth Event/Meetings/Camps




Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Meetings and Conferences Program WCU features an assortment of flexible meeting rooms, dining rooms, computer training labs, recreation spaces, theater spaces, and a large 8,000 seat multi-use arena. In addition to our featured meeting locations listed below, a large variety of classrooms and lecture spaces are also available.

Cardinal Room The Cardinal Room is preset for 45 people. Set up is flexible; can do classroom style for 60 people, and tables can be arranged in a variety of ways. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted wireless LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, conference phone and TV/VCR/DVD combo.

Catamount Room The Catamount Room is preset for 50 people. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options; and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted wireless LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, conference phone, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.

Rogers Room The Rogers Room is preset for 18 people. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted wireless LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, conference phone, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.

Dogwood Room The Dogwood Room is preset boardroom style for 24 people. The other available setups for The Dogwood Room are U-Shape: 18 people; Classroom: 29 people; Theatre: 50 people. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted wireless LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.

The Grand Room The available setups for The Grand Room are Lecture Seating: 500 people; Banquet Seating: 225 people; Information Fair: 40 8' tables; and can be soft-partitioned for smaller meetings. Room Features: Grand Piano, stage, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: podium and microphone, sound system, LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, conference phone, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.

Illusions Illusions is preset Dance Club style with small round tables and booths for 70. The available setups for Illusions are Lecture Seating: 100 (includes 80 chairs and 5 booths which seat 21 people); Banquet Seating: 80 (includes large and small round tables and 5 booths which seat 21 people). Room Features: stage, ceiling mounted speakers, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: podium and microphone, sound system, karaoke, LCD projector/screen, and overhead projector.

UC Multipurpose Room The UC Multipurpose Room is a flexible space, with movable walls. It is available as two smaller rooms (A or B) and one large room; each small room is preset for 50. The available setups for The Multipurpose Room are Banquet Seating: 32/64 people; U-Shape Tables/Chairs: 25/45 people; Conference Square Seating: 35/45 people; Lecture Seating: 50/135 people. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.

UC Theatre The UC Theatre is preset for 170 people. Room Features: stage, wifi and ethernet hookup, 35 mm film projector, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: podium and microphone, sound system, ceiling mounted LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.

UC Lawn and Central Plaza The UC Lawn is the site of some of our most well-known and large-scale events. It is also used for numerous fundraising events and information fairs throughout the entire year. Various set ups are available. The Central Plaza, commonly referred to as the Catafount, is a great place for large-scale events, but can also be used for a nice social gathering. The Central Plaza has amplification hookups and can have a stage setup for concerts, rallies, and much more.

The Picnic Area The Picnic Area, located by the softball field, is the ideal place for events such as cookouts, outdoor meeting locations, and more. The picnic area includes a covered shelter (under which are picnic tables, a grill, and electrical outlets), a wide expanse of grassy lawn next to the creek with several more picnic tables placed around, and working restrooms.

Blue Ridge Conference Room The Blue Ridge Conference Room is a flexible space, with movable walls. It is available as three smaller rooms (A, B, or C), a combination of two rooms (AB or BC), or one large room. The available setups for the Blue Ridge Conference Room are Banquet Seating: 200 people; Theater Seating: 235 people; and Conference Square Seating. Room Features: stage, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: podium and microphone, sound system, ceiling mounted LCD projectors/screens, overhead projectors, conference phone, and TV/DVD/VCR combo.

The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center Main Arena The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center arena floor has more than 17,000 square feet of usable space that can accommodate trade shows and other display events, banquets, receptions, and dances. The available setups for the main arena are flexible; it can be used in full or the stands can be partitioned off to accommodate for various size groups. Available setups include Concerts: 8,100; Sporting Events: 7,500; Theatrical Enclosure: 2,500; Lecture Enclosure: 500 or 1,500.

17,000
Patios at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center Two patios on the north side of The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center provide scenic outdoor settings for receptions, banquets, and other special events.

Concourse at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center The Concourse at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center has approximately 25,500 square feet of usable space around the arena perimeter that can be set up in a variety of creative configurations.

25,500
Hospitality Suite at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center The Hospitality Suite at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center is available as two smaller rooms and one large room. The Hospitality Suite can comfortably accommodate up to 150 reception guests or 96 in a banquet setup. Room Features: wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible.

2,600
Auxiliary Gym at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center The Auxiliary Gym at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center has more than 8,500 square feet of usable space that can accommodate smaller trade shows and other display events, banquets, receptions, and dances.

8,500
John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center is a 1,000-seat proscenium theater for music and theatrical performances. It boasts some of the best acoustics in the state. The center also houses the Star Lobby and Gallery Room for display and reception areas.

The Black Box Theatre Within the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, there is a fully-accessible Black Box Theatre. The Black Box Theatre has a fully sprung floor, four shure wireless microphones, 2 JBL ion speakers, 1 mackie 1604 mixer, 1 Marantz cd player, 1 podium, 3 ballet bars, as well as a wall of mirrors (which can be covered with curtains if need be). The Black Box Theatre can also accommodate any lighting needs required and obtain other equipment upon request. With various configurations, the Black Box Theatre can be used for a number of different occasions. These include various stage-and-audience options with a maximum audience capacity at 150, a plated dinner option with a maximum capacity of 140, and numerous other opportunities, such as dance classes and award ceremonies. The Black Box Theatre also functions as overflow for the proscenium theatre across the hall. With the Black Box Theatre, the only limitation is your imagination.

2,151
Hoey Auditorium The Hoey Auditorium is the campus' historic 450-seat theatre. Renovated in the 1980s, Hoey Auditorium serves as a primary performance venue for student productions on campus. This beautiful space is structured like a traditional theatre and also includes handicapped seating.

Accommodations

Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Albright Hall 196 Residence Halls Communal no
Balsam Hall 418 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Benton Hall 196 Residence Halls Communal no
Blue Ridge Hall 370 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Buchanan Hall 184 Residence Halls Communal no
Central Drive Hall 292 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes
Harrill Hall 387 Residence Halls Shared no
Madison Hall 40 Hotel-Like Private yes
Noble Hall 420 Residence Halls Private yes
Norton Road Hall 290 Residence Halls Private yes
Reynolds Hall 273 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes
Robertson Hall 80 Residence Halls Private no
Scott Hall 726 Residence Halls Communal no
The Village 20 Suite/Apartment Style Private yes
Walker Hall 387 Residence Halls Shared no

Catering

  • Catering Services
    Catering Services
    Catering Services at Western Carolina University is through Aramark, our campus dining services. Catering Services is pleased to help you plan your catered events. Our Sales Coordinator or the Catering Director will be happy to meet with you to discuss all aspects of your event. Visit the Catering Services page here!
    >>> menu (PDF)
  • Aramark offers box lunches or simple takeaways
  • Catering offers a number of healthy options
  • Fruit salads make a wonderful addition to many meals
  • Catering offers buffet-style meals or plated meals
  • Many spaces have the ability to offer catering, such as our Grand Room
  • Catering offers excellent dessert options

Dining

  • Courtyard Dining Hall
    Courtyard Dining Hall
    On campus food service is provided by Aramark Dining. A wide variety of food options abound in our 53,000 square foot Courtyard Dining Hall which features an all-you-care-to-eat venue offering a variety of stations from home cooking, to a Mongolian grill, full salad bar, pizza and pasta, deli, desserts, and grilled food. Make the meal that suits you by mixing and matching from stations to get the best of everything. It includes vegetarian and gluten free options, as well. We can also work with professional catering staff to select the menu for the perfect meal or meeting break.
  • Starbucks
    Starbucks
    Unique to the campus, Starbucks offers a full drink menu featuring hot or cold espresso creations, delicious brewed coffee, breakfast pastries, and delicious desserts! It’s warm coffee shop atmosphere makes it a great place to study and wait between classes. Starbucks is located on the first floor in the Courtyard. Starbucks has a partnership with catering.
  • McAlister's Deli
    McAlister's Deli
    With a more relaxing and restaurant atmosphere, McAlister's Deli offers fresh made to order sandwiches, salads, soups, and spuds. One of the few dining locations on campus with outside seating, students have the option of hanging out with their friends in a booth or on the patio. Just like your favorite McAlister's spot, order at the counter and be served at your seat! McAlister's Deli is located on the first floor in the Courtyard. McAlister's Deli has a partnership with catering.
  • Which Wich
    Which Wich
    Which Wich offers made-to-order sandwiches with a personal touch. You select a bag for the sandwich you desire and a red sharpie; then you are given the control and time you need to select the ingredients you want. Once the sandwich is ready, your name is called. Which Wich is located in the Courtyard Food Court. Which Wich has a partnership with catering.
  • Panda Express
    Panda Express
    Panda Express offers many of its restaurant menu items, such as fried rice, orange chicken, egg rolls, and more. As a university campus is considered a nontraditional location, Panda Express works with the campus to create a menu to suit the interest of its constituents. Panda Express is located in the Courtyard Food Court. Currently catering does not work through Panda Express.
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
    Moe's Southwest Grill
    New to the campus, Moe's Southwest Grill has a mission to bring the highest-quality ingredients to every guest. The menu is varied, including vegetarian options, lower-calorie choices, and gluten-friendly ingredients. Moe's Southwest Grill is located in the Courtyard Food Court. Currently catering does not work through Moe's Southwest Grill.
  • Burger Studio
    Burger Studio
    Burger Studio offers made-to-order burgers that are fully customizable. On an interactive digital display, you build your burger with all the toppings you would like and select your sides. Burger Studio is located in the Courtyard Food Court. Currently catering does not work through Burger Studio.
  • Freshens
    Freshens
    Freshens prides itself on its mission of "healty eating, better living" and offers fresh, made-to-order crepes, salads, smoothies, ice cream and more. Located in the Convenience Store on the first floor in the Courtyard. Currently catering does not work through Freshens.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
    Einstein Bros. Bagels
    Einstein Bros. Bagels boasts its ability to make fast food that doesn't taste that way. They specialize in made-to-order sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and gourmet coffee. Einstein Bros. Bagels is located in the University Center. Einstein Bros. Bagels has a partnership with catering.
  • Papa John's Express
    Papa John's Express
    Papa John's Express has all the same great value of a regular store, only express. It sells pizza by the slice, but also made-to-order pizzas. Papa John's Express is conveniently located in the University Center in the UC Foud Court and is available for grab-and-go, as well as a sit down option. Papa John's Express has a partnership with catering.
  • Chick-fil-A Express
    Chick-fil-A Express
    Chick-fil-A Express has many of the same menu items you would find at a typical store, such as chicken nuggets, the original chicken sandwich, waffle fries, lemonade, and more. Chick-fil-A Express is conveniently located in the University Center in the UC Foud Court and is available for grab-and-go, as well as a sit down option. Currently catering does not work through Chick-fil-A Express.

Services

ServiceDescription
Conference Services The experienced conference staff at WCU can help take the headache out of planning your organization's next workshop, conference, symposium, or meeting of any size. We know planning an event and seeing it through to a successful conclusion can be daunting. The staff at WCU is ready to partner with you and offer our resources to help keep you on track. Services include: Event planning to create a project timeline and budget; Marketing support includes e-marketing and print capabilities (Print Services includes the design and printing of promotional materials, folding, collating and binding of materials, decals, banners, signage, name tags and copying services for event materials); Event website development including event registration.

Top Adventure College WCU was voted the Number One Outdoor Adventure University in the Southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, three years in a row. Being located in a thermal valley means that our summers are mild and provide great opportunities to enjoy all the activities that our mountain campus has to offer.

Base Camp Cullowhee Our outdoor recreation program, Base Camp Cullowhee, can provide guided trips and activities including kayaking, white water rafting, paddle boarding, caving, rock climbing, hiking and backpacking. All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Kayaking Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided kayaking trips. WCU is close to many places to kayak, most notably the Nantahala River, the same used by the nationally- and internationally-recognized organization the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

White Water Rafting Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided white water rafting trips. There are many places to go rafting near WCU, such as the Tuckasegee River which runs alongside campus or the Nantahala River, the same used by the nationally and internationally-recognized organizations, the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Paddle Boarding Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided paddle boarding trips. All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Caving Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided trips to Tennessee to go caving. All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Rock Climbing Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided trips to go rock climbing. Being in the mountain has its advantages, as there are many places to go rock climbing. All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Hiking and Backpacking Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided hiking and backpacking trips all throughout Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. WCU also has a 7.2 mile hiking and mountain biking trail system within walking distance from campus. All programs led by Base Camp Cullowhee are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Mountain Biking Our on campus recreation opportunities are varied, including our 7.2 mile hiking and mountain biking trail system within walking distance from campus.

Our 50-foot Tall Indoor Climbing Wall Our on campus recreation opportunities are varied, including our 50 foot tall indoor climbing wall. Operated by Base Camp Cullowhee, this indoor climbing wall can be reserved for groups.

Indoor Pool Our on campus recreation opportunities are varied, including our indoor swimming pool operated by our Campus Recreation Center on campus. This pool can be reserved for groups for a number of water activities, such as water polo. Ask us about Pool Battleship!

Disc Golf Our on campus recreation opportunities include a full disc golf course that is well-used and well-maintained.

Sand Volleyball Courts On campus recreation opportunities include well-used and well-maintained outdoor sand volleyball courts.

Multi-use Athletic Fields Among other things, our on campus recreation opportunities include several multi-use athletic fields, six indoor gymnasiums, and a large picnic facility with cook-out facilities (see Event Spaces for more).

Hammock it up on Campus! In addition to all the campus recreation opportunities and guided trips offered through Base Camp Cullowhee, nestled between trees, WCU is the perfect campus to string up a hammock and relax.

Along with the natural locations to lounge back in your hammock, WCU now offers the first of it's kind, Electron Garden on the Green, a solar powered Eno Station. Learn more here!

Technology

TypeDescription
Technology and Special Services WCU offers a variety of meeting spaces with the latest special technology, as well as tech support staff to help with any accommodations needed. All meeting spaces are equipped with wifi and ethernet hookup, ceiling mounted wireless LCD projectors and ceiling mounted screens, as well as a VCR/DVD combination which hook up to the projector. Conference phones are available upon request. Some spaces have built in sound systems; microphones and podiums are also available upon request. WCU also has two computer classrooms (each holds 24 computers). WCU also offers an interactive television classroom (Community Link, seats 30), as well as a distance learning theater (seats 35) and a distance learning conference room (seats 6-12).

Area Attractions

AttractionDescription
Great Smoky Mountains National Park In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, discover 500,000 acres of Southern Appalachian wilderness on one of the oldest uplands on earth! The Smoky Mountains are 95 percent forest - home to diverse wildlife, breathtaking streams, waterfalls and flowering plants.

The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC Discover America's largest home, built by George Vanderbilt. The 8,000 acres are surrounded by inspiring gardens, Americas most-visited winery, and the Interpretive River Bend Farm.

Mountain Heritage Center The Mountain Heritage Center, located on the WCU campus, presents a deeper understanding of the rich cultural and natural heritage of the southern Appalachian region.

Whitewater Rafting Whitewater Rafting and kayaking can be arranged on the nearby Tuckaseegee River Gorge and The Nantahala River for 4 hours to 7 hours, through WCU's own, Base Camp Cullowhee. Prices vary from $18-$25 accommodating up to 60 participants. Raft trips will be guide assisted allowing the opportunity for participants to work together to maneuver down the river.

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) NOC is nationally-known for its guided trips and outdoor activities along the Nantahala River. NOC has been recognized by various media including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Outside, National Geographic Adventure and more. Activities/amenities offered by NOC are: Whitewater rafting on seven Southeastern rivers; World-class paddling instruction in whitewater and flatwater; International paddling adventure travel; Shopping for outdoor gear, apparel and souvenirs at the Wesser Outfitter's Store, NOC Gatlinburg, and NOC at The Grove Park Inn; A leadership institute for wilderness medicine and river rescue; Fully-customizable group adventure programs; Three distinct restaurants at our Nantahala Resort; Guided activities like fishing, hiking, biking and climbing; Bike rentals and repairs at our Bike Shop; and Festivals and events throughout the outdoor season.

Land-Based Programs Base Camp Cullowhee offers state-of-the-art indoor climbing wall, along with guided hiking trips, rock climbing and rappelling, team-building activities, and caving at Worley's Cave, known for its voluminous size. It has more than 37,000 feet of mapped passages on two levels.

Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail This is the first and only fly fishing trail in the United States. The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, situated in Jackson County, features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail takes you to 15 excellent spots for catching brook, brown and rainbow trout. Whether you seek quantity or size, open waters or small streams, the WNC Fly Fishing Trail has it all.

Cherokee Indian Reservation Located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the 56,000 acre reservation is still linked to ancient customs, culture, history, and traditions.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino The casino features non-stop action in an 88,000 square foot gaming space with video-style gambling. It has 3,500 slot, video poker and video blackjack games, an entertainment arena, and three restaurants.

Unto These Hills One of the most compelling outdoor dramas, Unto These Hills, tells the tragic story of how the Cherokee ancestors were forcefully driven out of the Great Smoky Mountains and marched 1,200 miles to Oklahoma.

Pigeon Forge, TN At Pigeon Forge, there is always a unique event going on, but many visit Pigeon Forge for its various attractions, shows, and stores. Visit to Cades Cove, Dollywood, one of two Titanic Museum Attractions, or even the WonderWorks Indoor Amusement Park, and much more.

Gatlinburg, TN Gatlinburg is one of America's great mountain resort destinations, with accommodations of every kind, dozens of local-to-national restaurants, and attractions galore – all nestled in the foothills and surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, the most visited national park in America. Gatlinburg prides itself on its walkability amidst mountain heritage and the arts, crafts and shops that reflect that tradition, as well as summer-long street performances featuring musical performers, storytellers and artisans.

Testimonials

  • The WCU team was AMAZING!!! The Director of Conference Services, the Conference Assistants, the cleaning crew, the dining team, essentially everyone that we met was wonderful. We had a few things that came up that had been looked over by the staff during our planning phase; however, the staff did their best to make it right. Everyone had the "can do" attitude; and no matter how great the facilities are at WCU, THAT attitude made all the difference! 
    - Summer 2016 Conference Guest Liaison

  • Conference Services staff were, hands-down, the best summer staff I have worked with in 20 years of our conference leadership. They were friendly, responsive, forgiving of our quirky (and sometimes rude) people, and good at their jobs. They also (and this is key for WCU to know) had the power to get our needs met by working with other campus departments. On some campuses, Conference Services staff are ignored when they ask for classroom space or maintenance or other things--this was not the case at WCU. That made our experience exceptional--because even the small problems got handled quickly and professionally.
    - Summer 2016 Conference Large Group Coordinator

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