This story was co-written with Jessica Wooten Fly fishing is immensely popular in western North Carolina. According to The WNC Fly Fishing Trail, Jackson County alone has more than 4,000 miles of trout streams and is the home of the state record for the largest rainbow trout ever caught. Living in an area that has such... Continue Reading →
"Hiker Trash" is a term many within the long-term hiking community take on with pride. According to The Trek, a website dedicated to the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, this phrase is used affectionately to refer to a hikers that have sunken down to a lower standard of living than the standard they lived at before embarking... Continue Reading →
Many students need a break from their studies as the semester comes to an end. A great way to escape the hustle and bustle is to take a weekend break to explore and experience new things in the area. Being located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountain National Park, WCU offers different recreational opportunities for students, including... Continue Reading →
In the Fall of 2016, two WCU students and avid anglers combined their passion for fishing as well as the opportunity of the area to start a new student club on campus. Jackson County, home to WCU, has recently been named the trout capital of North Carolina. Cole Cantrell, junior, and Tyler Cornett, freshman, recognized the growing popularity among... Continue Reading →
Every day thousands of people take advantage of all the great outdoors have to offer. This looks like hiking in state and national parks, backpacking along public trails such as the Appalachian Trail or camping in the backcountry. Whatever, the activity may be, the more people use the outdoors the more they are being destroyed. The... Continue Reading →
The Climbing Club at Western Carolina University is a place for teamwork, support and the opportunity for training and competition within an individual sport.
“Mountains, little traffic, WCU is perfect!” This was the reaction that Darby Harris had the first time he visited Western Carolina University his senior year in high school. He knew that choosing the right college for him meant choosing the right place to cycle. It was in this moment during our interview that I realized... Continue Reading →