Appalachian State University UREC

Appalachian State University

The August 2021 Rec of the Month highlights Appalachian State University’s University Recreation (UREC) facilities, field complex and outdoor recreation facility.


We facilitate an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities transform, engage and care for the Appalachian State University (App State) community to enhance student learning and development.


Well-being: We empower the holistic physical, emotional and social well-being of the App State community.

Equity, Diversity and  Inclusion: We design opportunities for everyone to engage and thrive.

Sustainability: We advocate to champion sound social, environmental and economic practices.

Transform: We transform, educate and inspire through innovative experiential learning and leadership community experiences.

Care: We create a culture of care that supports individuals’ self-discovery of their cultural identity.

ONE App State: We are team players. We nurture collaborative partnerships to pursue excellence in the student experience.


Appalachian State University UREC operates three on-campus multipurpose facilities, an Intramural/Club Sports field complex, and 38-acre, off-site outdoor recreation facility. Spread throughout the hilly campus, each facility has a personality of its own and attracts varied populations and subcultures.

Student Recreation Center

  • 125,000 square feet.
  • 50-foot climbing wall.
  • Cardio theater.
  • Weight room.
  • Indoor walking/running track.
  • 50-meter swimming pool.
  • UREC central offices.
  • Outdoor Program’s Outing Center.

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Quinn Recreation Center

  • 48,000 square feet.
  • Newly renovated, state-of-the-art, fully-customized weight room with in-floor platforms and 12 Precor racks.
  • Cardio equipment.
  • Open fitness floor which hosts group fitness classes, PE classes and is open for informal use when not scheduled.
  • State-of-the-art cycle studio.
  • Functional training studio.
  • Racquetball courts.

Mt. Mitchell Fitness Center

  • Located on the third floor of the Plemmons Student Union.
  • Cardiovascular equipment.
  • Cybex selectorized equipment.
  • Free weights.
  • Multipurpose studio which hosts a variety of group fitness classes.

State Farm Fields

  • A 24-acre sports complex.
  • Home to outdoor intramural sports and most outdoor club sports.
  • Six intramural flag football/soccer fields.
  • Three club sports fields.
  • Three softball fields.
  • State-of-the-art lighting systems.
  • Picnic shelter.
  • An equipment rental center.

Camp Broadstone

  • Broadstone is a 38-acre outdoor recreation facility that provides opportunities for team building, facility rentals and wilderness medical certifications. The space includes cabins, a community lodge, campfire pits, picnic pavilions, a large flat field that boards the Watauga River, a low ropes course, a high ropes course, an Alpine Tower and a team development course.

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  • Swim lessons.
  • Group fitness classes like Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga and Outdoor Program clinics such as kayak roll clinics.
  • Swim club hosting Southeast regional swim meets.
  • Camps and clinics partnerships.
  • Track and Field team uses the pool to practice the high jump underwater.

Outdoor Programs

  • Outdoor trips in which participants are taught the skills they need to have a successful adventure are offered throughout the local region, United States and internationally. Many trips are led by App State students who participate in an extensive Instructor Development Program to prepare to become trip leaders.
  • Our indoor climbing wall offers opportunities for bouldering, top rope climbing, lead climbing, adaptive climbing and anchor building with clinics to help others learn how to enjoy the sport of climbing.
  • Provides outdoor equipment rentals to help support the community in having their own outdoor adventure.
  • Bike App supports the Appalachian State community through education and advocacy for a more sustainable, bike-friendly campus and town. We do this through offering free bicycle tunings and repairs with an emphasis on education and hands-on experiences.
  • Team building provides groups the opportunity to dive deeper into reaching their goals. Intentional program plans help groups build a greater sense of belonging and connectivity by enhancing communication skills and interpersonal dynamics, as well as leadership and decision-making skills.

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Fitness and Wellness

  • Group fitness classes are offered at a variety of campus locations within and outside of designated recreation centers in collaboration with our campus partners. Our favorite locations include:
    • Sanford Mall
    • Howard’s Knob Patio for the mountain views.
  • Personal training revamped to provide more increase in accessibility. Train online or in-person for 30 minutes or a full 60 minutes. Flexible, dependable and personalized to fit the needs of our clients.
  • Weight room spaces that build strength in creating resilient communities in addition to muscles.

Exercise is Medicine On Campus – Gold ranking two years in a row!

Significant highlights of this initiative that were vital in obtaining Gold level recognition have included:

  • 2018: Exercise prescription referral system in partnership with Student Health Services.
  • 2019: Physical Activity as a Vital Sign added to intake forms at Student Health Services.
  • 2020: Student-led EIM-OC Club established.

Club Sports

  • Our Club Sports program is designed to meet the competitive athletic desires of students, faculty and staff of App State. Our student athletes play for the “love of the game” and the lasting relationships established with their teammates.
  • Each team is formed, developed, governed and administered by the student membership of that particular club working with UREC.
  • Club Sports currently offers 23 club teams including men, women and co-rec.

Intramural Sports

  • Rec Sports mission is to provide exceptional experiences for our members through the social and competitive aspects of sports — with a focus on the spirit of the game mindset.
  • The main sports provided by Rec Sports are basketball, flag football, soccer and volleyball. As well as esports and other sports based on the needs of our members.

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