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Haywood County: One Day Trip

Along with its picturesque beauty, Haywood County and its five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton, and Clyde offer year-round activities and events centered around food, heritage, music, art, and the outdoors. No matter what experience you choose, you are guaranteed to always experience Authentic Appalachian, pure and simple!

The itinerary below is a SAMPLE itinerary. It was put together to provide you with an idea of the many wonderful places to visit and dine at while visiting the North Carolina Smokies. Other restaurants and attractions can be substituted based on your preferences and seasonality to create a unique itinerary for your next visit. For additional help planning your next trip to Haywood County, contact the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority at 800-334-9036 or visit www.visitncsmokies.com

Starting Point

Your journey through Haywood County begins in downtown Waynesville with a delicious cup of morning coffee from Panacea Coffee Co., a local favorite for the residents of Haywood County, where the coffee is hand-selected and brewed with only the best, highest-quality beans. (Located at 66 Commerce Street, Waynesville, North Carolina; hours are from 7am-5pm, $$)

Morning Activities

Next, you can travel to the best-kept secret of the Smokies, Cataloochee Valley (located in Maggie Valley off of Cove Creek Road). As one of the most remote locations of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you can experience nature at its finest and enjoy a true slice of Appalachian life. Or, check out some of the local waterfalls, like Soco Falls or Bridal Veil Falls, and discover why people come from all around the world to hike in Haywood County!

Lunch

After viewing beautiful scenery during your long hike, you’ll want to go check out the Haywood Smokehouse in Waynesville, where you can enjoy some of the most delectable BBQ that Haywood County has to offer (located at 79 Elysinia Ave., Waynesville, North Carolina; hours are from 11am-9pm, $$). If you’re feeling up for it, go right down the road to Frog Level Brewery, Haywood County’s first microbrewery and purveyor of craft beers (located at 56 Commerce St., Waynesville, North Carolina; hours are from 2pm-9pm, $$). With a view out on the back deck of Richland Creek, you’ll definitely want to check out this local favorite spot.

OR

Perhaps you want something a little more relaxed and homey? Located at 207 Paragon Pkwy., in Clyde, North Carolina, the Blue Rooster Southern Grill is a local favorite of the residents of Haywood County, and offers delicious southern cuisine with a gourmet flair (hours are from 11am-8pm, $$$).

Mid-Late Afternoon Activities

After lunch, you’ll want to unwind with some fun. Take Highway 215/Lake Logan Road south of Canton towards the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just a few miles after crossing the Lake Logan bridge, you will come upon Sunburst Campground (8820 Lake Logan Rd., Canton, North Carolina) on your right.  Just after that, you will find Sunburst swimming area on your left.  Park in the gravel area and enjoy the picturesque upper and lower swimming areas. Sunburst is perfect for picnicking, swimming, fishing and exploring! All of the water originates high in the mountains surrounding the creek, so you will enjoy the freshest (and coldest) water to splash around in. 

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Stop by the Wheels Through Time Museum, which houses rare and vintage motorcycles to honor Haywood County’s storied history of being one of the best places for motorcycle enthusiasts to ride (located at 62 Vintage Ln., Maggie Valley, North Carolina; hours are from 9am-5pm from March through November).

Finally, you’ll want to complete your day with the greatest view in North Carolina at Lake Junaluska. With a look out over the lake by the local outdoor amphitheater, this view will be the perfect way to end your visit to Haywood County.

Note on symbols for dining: PRICE RANGE ($=$4-$8; $$=9-12; $$$=$13-15; $$$$=over $15)

Highlights & Happenings

  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Watch an orientation video and learn how to make the most of your visit to the Parkway and region at this visitor center. View exhibits featuring the unique Parkway design and construction, the natural and cultural history, and recreational opportuni
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge.
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
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  • With 469 miles of scenic beauty, the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through parts of Virginia and Western North Carolina to the Smokies in Tennessee.
  • Attractions, Dining & More
  • From fine arts to fun, experience the best places and activities to enhance your visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region.
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  • Don't forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway! Learn when and where to see blooms along your journey.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
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