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Visiting Campus


Haywood Community College is located in Western North Carolina and in addition to being a college campus, is a public facility open to community members to enjoy the various amenities we have to offer to locals and visitors alike. Our Campus Development Arboretum and Maintenance Staff provide upkeep for over 315,000 square feet of buildings, over 110 acres of campus/arboretum property, and over 700 acres of instructional forest properties.

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HCC features walking trails that wind throughout our campus. Following roads, sidewalks, and designated nature trails, walkers and runners alike are welcome to campus. Many visitors also bring their canine walking partners to join them. The main starting point for the trail system is located near the Hemlock building but visitors can hop on anywhere on campus. 

In Spring of 2023, an expanded trail system was developed which now provides hikers over 3 miles of trails to walk on throughout campus. This trail system allows visitors to see more of campus through the wooded areas surrounding campus. With all the wildlife and nature to see, be sure to bring your binoculars, identification books, and more to experience the trail system to its fullest!

Trails are available anytime our gates are open: 6am – 11pm M-F, 8am-7pm Weekends. Please note that if campus is closed for inclement weather, the trails may be inaccessible.

Trail Map Trail Podcast

Disc Golf

We welcome disc golf players from all over to our disc golf course. With upgrades made in 2021, this 18-hole course features a variety of tee box and basket locations which make it an enjoyable course for novices and professionals alike. 

For more information on the course details, visit

Gardens & Grounds

To make HCC the beautiful campus it is today, many community members and founders played key roles. In addition to being a designated arboretum, the campus features two dahlia gardens for everyone to enjoy. Our Campus Development team keeps busy year-round ensuring the grounds and gardens remain in tip-top condition keeping in mind the local nature around us to remain true to our natural area. We welcome you to visit our dahlia gardens during late summer/early fall and snap a few beautiful photos! 


Interested in Volunteering at HCC?

We have a variety of opportunities for you! Our team has compiled three main areas where your help is needed. Please review which area appeals to you the most and reach out with your availability and contact information.

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Support for our campus logo black The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has supported numerous efforts for Haywood Community College. We thank them for their generosity with funding for the expanded trail system and disc golf course, as well as for the Rhododendron Garden Revitalization Project.


The Moon Tree -

In 1971, the US Forest Service asked for support for a special experiment with the help of Stuart Roosa, an astronaut that was part of the Apollo 14 mission. Astronaut Roosa carried a small can of several hundred tree seeds with him on the mission where the seeds orbited the moon more than thirty times over two days.

Five years later to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial, the seeds were delivered to numerous locations across the world. Haywood Community College was one of these selected locations. The Moon Tree is located on campus along our walking trails near the J.M. West Center and is marked with a plaque which was dedicated in 2022.

Moon Tree Podcast

Campus Events

HCC offers our facilities and spaces to the community for use and rent. We request a minimum of 30 days’ notice prior to your event date for confirmation and payment. Following form submission, our Events Coordinator will get back to you to review the request. 

 Facility Use Terms Campus Free Speech & Assembly Terms Campus Free Speech & Assembly Form

Recurring Event in the same Academic Year? (July 1 - June 30)
Will food be served?
Facility Requested
Set-up Configuration Classrooms Only
Equipment and Audio-Visual Needs


Our team is always ready to provide tours to prospective students and community partners. Featuring a walk through campus, we will guide you through campus showing key buildings and campus features and can highlight the specific areas you would like to know more about. 

Day of the week (can choose multiple)
Time of day (can choose multiple)

If you’re unable to attend a tour in person, we have a virtual tour also available. We encourage you to share with those that can’t attend a tour in person, take the tour after business hours, or use it as a way to refresh your memory about all the features of campus.

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Maps and Directions

We can’t wait to see you! Haywood Community College is located in beautiful Clyde, NC in Haywood County. For directions to campus, you can simply enter our address into your smartphone (185 Freedlander Dr., Clyde, NC 28721) or review the driving directions below. 

The following are general directions to HCC. For more specific directions, please use the Google Maps link above, then click “Directions” on the left side of the window.

From Asheville, NC (East of Campus)

  1. Take I-40 West.
  2. Take exit 27 (Highway 19-23)
  3. Take exit 107 (East Jones Cove Road)
  4. Follow signs to Haywood Community College

From Sylva, NC (West of Campus)

  1. Take Highway 23-74 East
  2. Take exit 105 (Jones Cove Road)
  3. Turn left
  4. Turn right at next stop sign; HCC is on the left

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