The Setting

 

Jung Tao School is located in the middle of the Appalachian mountain range, six miles from the college town of Boone, in northwestern North Carolina, USA. Boone is home to Appalachian State University, with an enrollment of 17,000 students. The indigenous population of the area is about 18,000, and there is also a large seasonal tourist population, with four local ski resorts attracting thousands in the winter. Cool temperatures and a beautiful, natural environment lure thousands more to the area in the summer months.

The Appalachian mountains are the oldest mountains in the world. For the lover of nature, the variety of things to do and see are endless, including hiking, camping, mountain climbing, rafting, and skiing. Elevations in the area range from 3000 to 5000 feet, with nearby Grandfather Mountain, site of the world famous Scottish Highland Games, being the highest point at 5300 feet. Also nearby is the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, which spans 462 miles from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia southward to the Cherokee Indian Reservation on the boundaries of the Smokey Mountain National Park. Just south of Boone runs the New River, which is the second oldest river in the world, second only to the Nile River. The 1500 mile Appalachian Trail is also a nearby point of interest, as is the beautiful Watauga Lake.


The Facilities

The two story building which houses Jung Tao School is a stone masonry school built by the WPA, a post-Depression economic development program. Completed in 1941, the beautiful structure has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building was constructed by local artisans and laborers using stone from nearby streams and farms, and wood products processed by local mills.

In addition to housing Jung Tao School, the building is a focal point of the Cove Creek Community. Festivals and concerts are held regularly by the community on the school grounds, as are sporting events and dances. The Doc Watson Folk Art Museum is also located in the building, which celebrates the rich Blue Ridge Mountain heritage of music and art.

Jung Tao School occupies 14,000 square feet of the 25,000 square foot building. The facilities includes three large 25 seat classrooms, a laboratory classroom, taijiquan studio, library, student and faculty lounge and breakroom, three administrative offices and a 4000 square foot intern clinic with seven treatment rooms.

The grounds of the school include tennis courts, basketball court, picnic area, playground, large field for outdoor sporting events, and a walking track which meanders along the Cove Creek.


Housing

Jung Tao School does not provide on-campus housing for students. However, housing in Boone and in the local vicinity is readily available at reasonable rates. For an extensive list of area hotels, bed and breakfasts, cabins, and campsites, please visit the travel section, or contact the school office. Several local hotels provide discounted rates for JTS students.