Community Information

 Community Information

Area Demographics

Arts and Entertainment

Attractions and Things to Do

Chambers of Commerce

Child Care and Development

Community, Cultural and Historical Information

Disabilities and Eldercare

Diversity Resources

Employee Organizations


Health and Wellness

  • Health Promotion - Provides faculty, staff, partners and families with information, programs, and services to promote a healthy lifestyle and a good quality of life. Major components of the program include exercise classes, dietary assistance, and health screenings.
  • Mental Health - Confidential counseling services are available through Counseling for Faculty and Staff to help with personal problems, especially when they interfere with work performance. Assistance is available at no cost to staff, faculty and their immediate family members.
  • North Carolina State Health Plan
  • Nutrition Resources
  • Personal Safety
  • University Recreation (UREC) - University Recreation (UREC) offers a variety of opportunities for recreation and outdoor activities, such as:
    • Fitness and Informal Recreation facilities include The Quinn Center, Mount Mitchell,  the Student Recreation Center (SRC) and Varsity Gym.
    • Club Sports is designed to offer students, faculty, and staff a competitive outlet on a non-varsity level. 
    • Outdoor Programs includes kayaking, caving, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing and more. Check out equipment or participate in activities.
    • Intramural Sports activities offer the opportunity to compete against peers in a friendly and structured environment.
    • Indoor Swimming Pool is available in the Student Recreation Center (SRC).

Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Housing

Short-Term Rental Options:

Hotels with Suites:

Other Hotels:



  • Belk Library and Information Commons - The Belk Library has one of the premier collections in the South. You may check out books by using your ASU ID Card.
  • Watauga County Public Library
  • University Writing Center- The University Writing Center is located in Belk Library. This department offers:
    • Free services to students, faculty, and staff of Appalachian State University.
    • Anyone who would like to discuss a piece of writing with an informed, sensitive reader is welcome.
    • Works with writers on a wide variety of projects: papers for academic courses; masters and senior thesis chapters; personal essays for job, graduate school, and law school applications; creative writing projects; grant or project proposals; and course syllabi.
    • Works with writers at any stage of the writing process, from inventing topics to editing at the sentence level.

Local Government

Maps and Public Transportation

News and Information



Places of Worship


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT)
  • Volunteer and Service Learning
  • ACT strives to connect the campus and surrounding community through engaging local non-profit businesses as co-educators for students, collaborating with faculty and staff to integrate civic engagement into curriculum, and develop students as leaders through experiential learning opportunities.To get involved yourself or to incorporate service learning into your classroom, contact Kate Johnson,, 828-262-2545.