North Caorlina Colleges

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Our Location

The Castle Rock Institute is located about four miles south of Brevard, a small town (with a population of 5,388 in 1990) in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Institute is housed in a winterized lodge surrounded by 200 acres of private land that includes areas of thick forest, waterfalls, and outcroppings of granite. Students and faculty alike enjoy the mountain view, nearby hiking trails, and natural beauty the lodge offers.

At 2230 feet above sea level, but also in the mid-south of the eastern United States, this area enjoys a temperate climate. Average daily temperatures during the fall semester session range between highs of 76-58 and lows of 55-36 F, and during the spring semester session between highs of 72-45 and lows of 44-25 F. The average precipitation during the fall semester is less than 3 inches per month, and is less than 4 inches per month during the spring semester.

The Institute is also located nearby several National Forests totaling close to a million acres, and ranging from 2,000 to just over 6,000 feet in elevation. With several thousand miles of hiking trails, hundreds of designated mountain biking trails, excellent friction and crack climbing spots, rugged rivers with class II and III rapids, and a number of limestone caves --this area is ideal for a fantastic variety of outdoor activity.

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