Program Location

Nantahala River

All of the First Ascent rafting trips tackle the class II/III whitewater of the Nantahala River. Located a short drive from WCU, the Nantahala is America's most visited whitewater destination. Throughout the 9 miles of river that the trip covers, you'll encounter numerous exciting rapids. Along the way, you'll see beautiful wild flowers, breathtaking mountain views, and may even catch a glimpse of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad steam train.

Panthertown Valley

The First Ascent 5-day backpacking and rockclimbing trip will traverse the fantastic mountains and river bottoms of Panthertown Valley, an area located deep in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest. Know as the "Yosemite of the east" the valley contains a thick concentration of granite bluffs, beautiful waterfalls, and excellent scenery. Located only a short drive from WCU, Panthertown is a wilderness mecca for students looking for adventure.

Base Camp Cullowhee is permitted to operate on National Forest Service Land.
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