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Haywood County: Maggie Valley/Waynesville +

135 Wall St.

Waynesville, NC 28786

(800) 334-9036

Welcome to Haywood County, North Carolina, boasting 46 of the most scenic miles of Blue Ridge Parkway and authentic Appalachian history, culture, and natural experiences.

For starters, don't miss Cataloochee Valley, the birthplace of the reintroduced elk population in the Great Smoky Mountains. Motor touring enthusiasts will be in hog heaven at America's renowned transportation museum, "Wheels Through Time". Plan ahead and catch Haywood's award-winning native bluegrass band, Balsam Range, at one of the annual festivals celebrating the very best parts of genuine Appalachian heritage, such as delectable ramps, clogging and the North Carolina state dog, the Plott Hounds.

Visit official Civil War heritage sites and original pioneer settlements or just take a deep breath and enjoy a cascading waterfall, wooded trail, or pristine river. The outdoor adventure doesn't slow down in the winter either. Hit the slopes at the country's most southern ski resort, Cataloochee Ski Area. Embark on an agri-tourism adventure at a local farmer's market or visit one of our diverse U-Pick farms. Get active with scenic bicycling, trout fishing, or a round of relaxing golf. Then after strolling the area's unique shops and galleries, end the day with a fresh farm-to-table dinner and a locally brewed craft beer.

For more information visit: www.visitncsmokies.com or call (800) 334-9036.

Highlights & Happenings

  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • 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
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
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  • 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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  • What To Do
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