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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

  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • Today the manor and the entire estate are one of the most heavily used areas along the Parkway and home to the Parkway Craft Center. Carriage roads are popular for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, especially by residents of the Boon
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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