This is a vibrant mountain community. We are proud to offer opportunities for our friends and neighbors to get to know us better. Host an event on campus, join us for a performance in the auditorium, or help us cheer on the Bobcats at the athletic complex.

Summer Theatre

Using professional, community and student performers, quality theatrical performances have been produced on campus since 1985.


Since 1979, a series of summer programs has provided cultural enrichment and wholesome entertainment to seasonal and local residents.

Wildcat Lake

This premier High Country attraction features a white sand beach with a swimming area, and two docks for fishing and wildlife observation.

Wildlife Summer Programs

Spend a week at the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station getting hands-on experience in wildlife ecology and conservation! 

Athletic Summer Camps

Expand your skillset at an athletic camp on our campus! Camps are offered for a variety of ages in various sports.

Outdoor Certification Courses

The Lees-McRae Outdoor Recreation Management program offers outdoor certification courses to students and community members.

North Carolina Wildlife Medicine Symposium

The annual North Carolina Wildlife Medicine Symposium provides a continuing education opportunity for veterinarians and veterinary technicians focused on the recognition, triage, and treatment of wildlife. 

Lodging Options

Check out some local lodging options as you plan your visit to the High Country. Options include hotels, B&Bs, cabins, lodges and more!

Did you know? 

Lees-McRae is the largest private employer in Avery County, and $1 in every $13 spent in the county is a result of the College.