GPS is unreliable in our mountainous area - DO NOT GPS to our location unless you are off the highway and already in the town of Sylva. Check the Course Calendar, your Course Details page, or your confirmation and check-in emails from ACTIVE to determine if your course will be held at the Downstream Campus or the Upstream Campus.

Directions - print copy - for your printing pleasure

From the North, West or East

  • Take I-40 to Exit 27 (the Great Smokey Mt. Parkway), west of Asheville, and follow 74/23 South past Waynesville to Sylva.
  • Take Exit 85 into Sylva. The road T’s into 107. Turn left, following it South, out of Sylva.
  • When you pass the Burger King light, leaving town, look for Old Cullowhee Highway on your left (If you went over Catamount Gap and are at Western Carolina University, you went too far).
  • At stop light, before bridge, turn Left on Old Cullowhee Highway.
  • Go 1.5 miles and Turn Left onto Cane Creek Rd.
  • Go 1 mile up Cane Creek Road to the end of the pavement where the gravel road begins.
  • Go 100 yards on the gravel road, past the purple house on the left. The next drive on the left is the Downstream Campus parking lot. There is also space just up a little further on the right if you can’t get into that driveway. If your course is at the Upstream Campus continue up Cane Creek Rd to the paved driveway on the left.
  • Parking space is limited! So please park either facing the creek or hillside.
  • A Grounds Orientation and housing assignments are located in the front of the classroom at the Downstream Campus, and in the foyer of the yellow dining hall at the Upstream Campus (second floor).

From the South

  • From i-85 North, exit Left onto I-985. I-985 will turn into GA 365 and will then merge with 441 North.
  • Follow 441 North to Dillsboro, NC. At the light in Dillsboro, just over a bridge, turn right onto Business 23.
  • Follow Business 23 through Dillsboro and Sylva to Highway 107 South intersection. Go straight through intersection and follow Highway 107 South out of Sylva.
  • When you pass the Burger King light, leaving Sylva, look for Old Cullowhee Highway on your left (If you went over Catamount Gap and are at Western Carolina University, you went too far).
  • At stop light, before bridge, turn Left on Old Cullowhee Highway.
  • Go 1.5 miles and Turn Left onto Cane Creek Rd.
  • Go 1 mile up Cane Creek Road to the end of the pavement where the gravel road begins.
  • Go 100 yards on the gravel road, past the purple house on the left. The next drive on the left is the Downstream Campus parking lot. There is also space just up a little further on the right if you can’t get into that driveway. If your course is at the Upstream Campus continue up Cane Creek Rd to the paved driveway on the left.
  • Parking space is limited! So please park either facing the creek or hillside.
  • A Grounds Orientation and housing assignments are located in the front of the classroom at the Downstream Campus, and in the foyer of the yellow dining hall at the Upstream Campus (second floor).