Getting Here


Most literary festival events take place in the A. K. Hinds University Center Theater (#31 on the printable campus map - link below), or the recital hall in Coulter Building (#32 on the printable campus map) in the scenic mountains of Cullowhee, NC. Follow these directions to campus.

When you get to WCU's main entrance, stay in the left lane to drive left around the traffic circle. Take Memorial Drive, and look for parking behind the Hinds University Center (# 31 on the campus map).

The Hinds University Center Theater is on the third floor (one flight up if you enter the building from Memorial Drive; two flights if you enter the building from the center of campus, across from the bell tower).

Some special events (see schedule) take place in the recital hall on the second floor of Coulter Building (street level if you enter from Memorial Drive).

Campus Parking

Planning a visit? Meet the people and experience the community that make Western Carolina unique. Explore the center of campus, where you will find dining, shopping and the Noble Hall retail area.

  • While on campus, visitors may pay to park in the metered lots. Use Woosh! (an app for your phone) to pay from anywhere online, receive notifications before a meter expires and extend time to avoid parking tickets. Note that you must set up an account.  
  • Short-term visitors can also park in the student or faculty/staff spaces (white or yellow non-metered spaces) that are not designated as special use, reserved, disability parking, or loading zones. 
  • Long-term visitors are encouraged to obtain a visitor parking permit. Visit the Parking Operations Office, located in 106 Cordelia Camp Building, Bldg. #4, or call 828-227-7411 with questions.

Please note that if a visitor receives a parking citation for lack of registration, normally a citation may be waived by completing the back of the citation and returning it to the Parking Operations Office (instructions are on the back of the citation). However, visitors are expected to abide by the parking rules and regulations and are accountable for paying the fines and/or appealing all other violations.

Though visitors sometimes have trouble parking near the Hinds University Center and Coulter, they may find spots near the Ramsey Activity Center (#9 on campus map) and the Fine Arts Center (#2 on campus map). Cat-Tran, a shuttle bus to the center of campus, stops every 15 minutes at outlying parking areas.

Campus Parking Map

Coulter Recital hall is Building #32 on the campus map, and the Hinds University Center is Buildng # 31. To find parking, you can use this printable Campus Parking Map (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).