Adventure awaits with Base Camp Cullowhee

Base Camp Cullowhee is an outdoor program offered within WCU Campus Recreation and Wellness. The program offers a wide array of services to help students connect with the outdoors.

Photo courtesy of @wcu_campusrec on Instagram.
Photo courtesy of @wcu_campusrec on Instagram.

Base Camp Cullowhee hosts a multitude of events throughout the year including the annual Tuck River Clean-Up which saw nearly 900 students last year; one of the largest single-day efforts in the nation. They also utilize the Campus Recreation Center’s climbing wall, as well as the many miles of hiking trails in the area. 

Base Camp Cullowhee also offered outdoor equipment rentals in the CRC and an annual gear sale featuring local businesses on Nov. 1. 

In addition to these services, Base Camp Cullowhee also offers multiple excursions for students to experience outdoor activities for a significantly lower price than most outdoor venues, if not for free. 

According to Brandon MacCallum, director of Campus Recreation and Wellness, most trips are open enrollment. This means any student can sign up for the trip, register and then go on the excursion. Some of the trips offered are hiking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, skydiving and many more.  

To sign up for an excursion, visit 

Photo courtesy of @wcu_campusrec on Instagram.

Base Camp also offers a variety of clinics for students to build skills including rock climbing, kayak rolling, mountain biking and more. 

There are also service opportunities for students to help maintain the Base Camp Cullowhee trail system. 

“We live in a beautiful area– Get outside and explore it. Get connected to community, find new things, try stuff out. If you’ve never been mountain biking, now’s your time to try it. Never been white water rafting? Come with us and we can show you how to do it,” MacCallum said.  

To stay up-to-date on Base Camp Cullowhee and the many opportunities they offer students, follow their page on WCU Engage.