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After a long year at college, it’s nice to spend the summer outdoors. Luckily, we’re in a great spot with many different options when it comes to exploring. Did you know that WCU has been named Top Adventure College by the Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine? So whether you’re on break and looking forward to exploring off-campus, or you’re in summer classes and need an afternoon adventure, below are a few options worth checking out. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This beautiful national park is located in both North Carolina and Tennessee, and is one of the most popular destinations in the nation. With so many things to do, including camping, hiking, fishing and more, you won’t know where to start! Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service website to start planning your trip today.

Dillsboro River Company

If you haven’t given whitewater rafting a thought, then you’re missing out. The region is known for its whitewater rafting, and there’s no better time than now to check it out. If you’re looking for something near campus, the Dillsboro River Company i s located down the road in Sylva. They have opportunities for all skill levels, so if you want to simply get your feet wet, then give them a call. 

Arrowmont Stables

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to see the trails around North Carolina a bit differently, try a trail ride at Arrowmont Stables. They have one of the best trail riding programs in the southeast and shows you the best trails complete with mountaintop views, valleys, creeks, streams, and fern forests. Tours at Arrowmont Stables tend to sell out fast so you’ll want to book your trail ride in advance! Learn more about the trail ride options and prices on their website .

Make your time in western North Carolina worthwhile and go on some adventures! Invite family and friends out and turn their trip into an experience worth remembering. And after a day of rafting, zip lining, or mountain biking, make sure they’re sleeping in style. Visit for lodging options that fit their needs.