Frequently Asked Questions


Is Trailhead a hiking/backpacking trip?

No, Trailhead is not a hiking/backpacking trip, majority of our time will be spent on campus and within the Boone community. We use the name Trailhead as a metaphor, this is where you will begin your journey through your  Appalachian experience. If you are looking for something more hiking/backpacking related we suggest popping over to the First Ascent  program hosted by ASU's Outdoor Programs.

What is the “Appalachian Legacy”?

Trailhead Academy is an opportunity for you to meet and get to know some of your fellow outstanding Mountaineers, while also exploring what kind of contribution you can make to Appalachian during your time here. We believe that Appalachian is what you make it, and the person you become during your time here is Appalachian's legacy. Trailhead is the perfect time to start thinking about what legacy you will leave behind after you graduate.

Is there any cost?

Yes, there is a fee of $60 for your participation in Trailhead. This helps us cover your lodging, meals, and activities during the four days. We suggest that participants also bring some spending money for additional snacks and items that will be available for purchase. This fee is not due until you accept your invitation to participate.

When will the Academies take place?

  1. June 8, 2017 - June 11, 2017 (Transfers Only)
  2. June 15, 2017 - June 18, 2017 (Freshman Only)
  3. June 22, 2017 - June 25, 2017 (Freshman Only)


Who are the Academic faculty?

Each academy is staffed by experienced professionals who work in Student Development and Academic Affairs. These professionals vary in their positions on our campus, past faculty members have included: professors, library staff, academic advisors, and even Deans. All faculty members are fulltime, year-round employees of Appalachian. This means that that they will be available to you throughout the academic year, after you complete the Academy.

Along with our faculty member, each Academy will also be staffed by four current Appalachian students who will serve as guides.

What happens at the Academies?

Throughout the four days the concept of the Appalachian Legacy is introduced through a series of interactive experiences and discussions. Participants explore what their contribution to the Appalachian and Boone communities could be as well as glimpse a wide variety of involvement opportunities available to Appalachian students.

Participants arrive Thursday afternoon, and start by getting to know each other, the student guides and faculty through a variety of activities. We will dive into what each of us wants to get out of our experience in Trailhead.

Friday morning we will talk about the importance of knowing ourselves. What are our values, strengths, limitations and goals? During the afternoon we change gears and focus on how we how we collaborate and work with our peers and in groups.

Saturday centers around how we fit into both the ASU and Boone communities.

On our last day together, we look towards the future and ask ourselves "what's next?" We inquire as to how we can apply what we have learned in Trailhead during your journey at Appalachian.

Throughout the Academy there will be ample free time for discussion and quiet time, as well as an easy hike with a beautiful view.

Do you have more questions? Contact Kim Mitchell in the Department for Student Engagement & Leadership and Trailhead Academy Program Director, at or (828) 262-6252.

Want to get involved at Appalachian?

Visit us in the Lee H. McCaskey Center, located at 244 Plemmons Student Union.

Contact Us

Rm. 244, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: (828) 262-6252


Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Any questions about Trailhead Academy? 

Contact Kim Mitchell, Trailhead Program Director.