Located on thirty-five acres of land in Valle Crucis, Broadstone offers various facilities to be utilized by students and the university community. Broadstone is a short seven mile drive from Appalachian State University's main campus, easily accessible from main campus by taking Highway 105 South to Broadstone Road. The location of Broadstone offers a nice, secluded setting "away" from the university and the town of Boone.
The Lodge at Broadstone offers groups a large meeting space able to accommodate up to one-hundred people. The Lodge is available to meet the various groups using the Broadstone facilities, equipped with tables and chairs that can be set up in the large multipurpose room. The entryway of The Lodge leads into the large multipurpose room, with a gas log, stone fireplace in the back right corner of the room, directly across from the room from the main door. Off the side of the multipurpose room is a hallway leading to two storage closets, newly renovated male and female restrooms, and a kitchen. The kitchen has just undergone new renovations, and is available for groups to prepare their own meals.
Broadstone has four cabins available for overnight accommodations. Each of the three participant cabins can accommodate up to twenty-four people, while the instructor/staff cabin can sleep up to 12 people. The cabins all have the same layout: entryway leading into the bedroom area equipped with bunk style beds with a bathroom consisting of 3 bathrooms, 3 showers and 4 sinks. These cabins do not have air conditioning, but are equipped with electric baseboard heaters for winter accommodations.
The Lower Field
The Lower Field at Broadstone is located across Broadstone Road from the main campground. It is accessible via a pedestrian bridge built over the road, linking the main campground and the Lower Field to ensure the safety of those traveling between the two areas of Broadstone. The Lower Field offers a wide open space for a variety of use, as well as 2 pavilions with picnic tables for seating up to approximately 50 people. The Alpine Tower challenge course is also located on the Lower Field.
One of the draws of Broadstone is the beautiful setting. Situated along the Watauga River in a valley, Broadstone offers a nice, secluded setting "away" from the university and the town of Boone. Much of the Broadstone property has remained undeveloped and offers an outdoor experience unlike any other. Step away from the hustle and bustle of campus while still being considered "on campus" and experience the natural beauty that Boone and the surrounding area offers.
NEW: Broadstone has recently began the development of a walking trail system as well has as built a bouldering cave on the trail system.
The bouldering cave is open to day use for all ASU students, faculty, and staff. To access the boulering cave, please park at the lodge and walk up the hill on the gravel road past the yellow gate to the ridge of the property - the cave is just past the high ropes course. We recommend that you bring your own bouldering pad for additional support.
Challenge Course programs consisting of low ropes, high ropes, or a combination of both programs meets your group where they are and facilitates an experience that allows them to direct where they want to go both as individuals and as a team. Goals may consist of establishing group culture in a newly formed group, creating a team-bonding experience in an unfamiliar environment, increasing intercultural competence among a diverse group, and/or developing leadership skills that allow all team members to share a common vision. We will work with you to develop goals specific to your organization and culture.
From Appalachian State's Campus:
The Lower Field:
- Drive south down NC 105 until you reach Broadstone Road (approximately 5.8 miles). Turn right at the light and drive approximately 1.3 miles
- Park on the right in the gravel just before the footbridge. If the gate is open, you are allowed to drive to the lower parking lot. Both parking lots are for day use only.
The Lodge and Cabins:
- Drive south down NC 105 until you reach Broadstone Road (approximately 5.8 miles). Turn right at the light and drive approximately 1.3 miles.
- Pass under the footbridge and take a left onto Camp Broadstone Road. The lodge is on the left as you enter the property- park here.