The Western North Carolina region attracts active people that like to stay fit and
have fun outdoors. That culture is also apparent on campus, where students have access
to a variety of facilities, can join a team, visit the campus rec center, or rent
equipment for outdoor adventures. Mix things up and try something new or just unwind
with a hike or jog along our miles of campus trails.
Campus Rec Center
WCU’s Campus Recreation center offers group exercise classes, cardio machines and
weight training, an indoor pool for open swims and water sports clinics, and a climbing
wall. We are proud to host one of the most extensive climbing programs in the east
and the TALLEST collegiate wall in North Carolina! The Base Camp climbing wall offers
2,100 square feet of climbing surface and is 50 feet tall. There are routes designed
for the first-time climber as well as for the serious climber looking for a workout.
In addition to rope climbing on the tall part of the wall, there also is a bouldering
arch ideal for working on technique without the hassle of waiting for a belay.
Our indoor pool is used for various programs and activities, including Open Swim,
Aqua Exercise, and Family Swim. Other groups use the pool for academic classes, kayak
clinics, and swimming programs so be sure to check our pool hours for updates.
A club sport is a student organization that has been formed by students interested
in participating in a favorite sport activity. WCU currently has 18 active clubs with
about 400 participants. Some of the currently active club sports include:
- Men's Baseball
- Bass Fishing
- Women's Soccer
- Men and Women's Rugby
Catamount Links is WCU's 13-hole disc golf course. Students can check out discs at
the Campus Recreation Center and play on their own or with friends. Or they may choose
to participate in an Intramural Tournament or Club Sport Team.
Campus Recreation offers regular fitness programming including group exercise classes
and personal training for the campus community.
Intramurals are free and only for WCU students, faculty and staff to compete against
one another in flag football, ultimate Frisbee, humans vs. zombies, kickball, water
polo, bubble soccer, tennis and volleyball to name a few. We offer over 40 different
leagues, events and tournaments that bring together over 1,400 participants.
Our outdoor program, Base Camp Cullowhee, has helped WCU achieve notoriety as a top
outdoor adventure school in the Southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. Students
can rent an array of equipment including camping gear, canoes, and mountain bikes
right on campus, or sign up for group excursions like kayak rolling clinics, skydiving
weekends, and cave tours. Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline-pumping experience
or something a little less intense, you’ll find it through Base Camp.
The Ramsey Regional Athletic Center has racquetball courts available for use by students,
faculty, and staff. Check out the hours of operation and reserve your court today!
Walking, biking, & hiking opportunities
WCU has multiple opportunities for walking, biking, and hiking right on campus. Our
trail system has 6.8 miles of narrow trail designed for hiking and mountain biking.
For those who desire less strenuous activity, Campus Recreation and Wellness has created
a walking map of campus with routes of varying distances.