Asheville, North Carolina

The Bread Loaf campus in North Carolina is located at the University of North Carolina in Asheville (UNCA), at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and enrolls approximately 60students. Curricular offerings include a special emphasis on African American and Southern literatures.


Bread Loaf students have full access to UNCA's Ramsey Library. Student rooms have direct Internet access and there are computing facilities on campus.


Students are lodged in single and double rooms on the UNCA campus, which is located about a mile north of downtown Asheville. Students living on campus take their meals together in the UNCA Dining Hall.

Location and Activities

Asheville is a small city of around 75,000. It is both intensely regional and strikingly cosmopolitan—regional in being a center for local Appalachian arts and country and bluegrass music, cosmopolitan for so small a southern city in its varied ethnic restaurants and ubiquitous sidewalk cafes. It is an artistic city, with a sizable counter-cultural population. It is a city very frequently listed in "most livable American cities" profiles.

Bread Loaf students have access to UNCA's state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Center, and other university facilities. During the summer months UNCA offers a wide range of lectures, concerts, and cultural events; these events will be open to Bread Loaf students.

Students who enjoy outdoor activities will be able to go hiking, mountain climbing, and whitewater rafting in the more than million acres of nearby national parks and forests along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and other parks and national forests; students can walk, run, and bike in the Bent Creek area of Pisgah National Forest, just minutes from the UNCA campus. Just outside Asheville is the Biltmore Estate. Built in the early years of the twentieth century and modeled upon a French chateau, Biltmore is the largest private residence in the U.S. Built by a member of the Vanderbilt family, it is a fascinating example of the uses of American wealth in the world of Henry James, Edith Wharton, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Questions about the North Carolina campus?

Contact Karen Browne in the Bread Loaf office (; 802-443-5418).