As one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, Western North Carolina attracts people who want to get out and enjoy nature. Our students and staff often spend their free time hiking or mountain biking through national forests, and plenty of nearby camping destinations provide a fun way to unwind on weekends.
Hiking: One of the most popular spots for hiking is in our own backyard...the WCU trail system! The trailhead starts right at the edge of HHS's parking lot, so you don't have to stray too far to get a good, scenic hike in! Paradise Falls, Black Balsam Knob, Waterrock Knob and Cullowhee Falls are other popular spots that aren't too far away.
Food: There are several nice restaurants, coffee shops, and microbreweries in Sylva and the surrounding area. On-campus dining also provides great options, and it is only a short Cat-Tran ride to Main Campus! If you're looking for a quick bite and a coffee, Java City is actually within the Health and Human Sciences Building, where the Department of Physical Therapy is located. Some of the best restaurants in Cullowhee/Sylva/Dillsboro are Sazon's, Chili's, El Patron, Guadalupe, Cosmic Karma at Innovation Brewing, Haywood Smokehouse, Kosta's Family Restaurant, Chili Chomper. Coffee shop favorites are Starbucks and City Lights Café.
DPT Gives Back: As DPT students, we give back to our community by participating in our Pro Bono clinic, the Mountain Area Pro bono Physical Therapy (MAPPT) Clinic, weekly. This gives us an opportunity to get hands-on clinical experience while serving the underserved and underinsured. We also have events to support MAPPT and to increase community awareness of the clinic, including our annual Zombie Run (Halloween time, of course).
Department Fun: Yes, we are here to work hard and learn as much as we possibly can, but we have a lot of fun doing it! Active rest breaks, after class four-square and spike ball, and rooftop garden hangs are just a few ways we spend our free time at school.
Intramurals: WCU DPT students love intramurals, and there are plenty of sports throughout the year! Flag football, outdoor and indoor soccer, basketball, softball, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball...you name it. Interested in seeing what sports are available or how to create a team? Look no further! Visit the Intramural Sports Page.
WCU Sports: The DPT crew likes to enjoy Catamount football and tailgating on beautiful fall Saturdays (tickets are FREE if you reserve them online). Enjoy basketball games at Ramsey center, and find your inner catamount at countless other sporting events throughout the year! Check for updates on Catamount Sports.