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Campus Recreation & Wellness Calendar

Week of 11/25 to 12/01
Sunday, November 25th
All Day
  • Location: Sapphire, NC
  • Time: All Day

Hike miles below the tree line discovering multiple plunging waterfalls along with many pristine creeks. Take a break at Tranquility point to take in the panoramic views of exposed granitic rock domes, 300 ft cliffs among the tree-covered broad valleys. Travel deep into this spectacular part of the Nantahala National Forest to the “Yosemite of the East” – Panthertown Valley. Join ORAC as we lace up our hiking boots to trek over 20 miles of this stunning forest covered in rhododendron.

ORAC will provide you with backpacking equipment, transportation, maps, guides, and fun! Each night we will set up camp at a new location next to roaring waterfalls, or creek fed meadows. Bring a friend or a family member and we’ll bring the turkey on this 5 day trek over Thanksgiving break. Make new friends, and memories this Thanksgiving to always be thankful for many years to come!

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Wednesday, November 21st:

  1. Depart from the Preston Center after classes
  2. Drive to Panthertown, NC
  3. Strap on your backpack and hike!
  4. Find your first campsite for the night
  5. Eat dinner
  6. Cozy up in your tent for the night & Look forward to turkey

Thursday, November 22nd:

  1. Wake up & eat breakfast   
  2. Find a new way to organize your backpack thinking you’re making it lighter
  3. Hike
  4. Get stuck on some rhododendron
  5. Eat lunch
  6. Wonder why your hips are hurting
  7. Find a beautiful campsite next to a creek to soak your feet in
  8. Eat dinner
  9. Fall asleep from exhaustion

Friday, November 23rd:

  1. Wake up to birds singing & enjoy your breakfast
  2. Add extra padding to your hip belts
  3. Hike up a hill and contemplate your decision to go on this trip
  4. Have lunch (turkey left overs)
  5. Hike some more
  6. Find the PERFECT campsite
  7. Have more left overs
  8. Fluff up your pillow for bed

Saturday, November 24th:

  1. Wake up to your last full day of hiking
  2. Breakfast
  3. Hike along the trail
  4. Lunch
  5. Hike some more
  6. Find a nice spot for the night
  7. Set up your tent
  8. Eat dinner
  9. Laugh around the campfire
  10. Sleep like a rock

Sunday, November 25th:

  1. Wake up & eat breakfast
  2. Strap on your pack one last time
  3. Hike to the van
  4. Finally take your socks off after 4 days
  5. Take a cat nap
  6. Drive back to the Preston Center
  7. Take 3 showers in 1 hour
Wednesday, November 28th
11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Location: DSU
  • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Join us as we explore the connection between nutrition and mental health. Free education and a nutrititious snack will be provided! 

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