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Two elk viewing a rainbow

In Haywood County, NC you’ll find a truly authentic Appalachian experience filled with outdoor adventure and family-friendly activities to enjoy year-round. We’re probably best known for our 46 miles of the highest scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and affordable and unique accommodations with spectacular views. But there’s so much more to see and do than meets the eye.

For your wildlife fix, visit our local elk in Cataloochee Valley. While you’re there, hop on the Boogerman trail loop for a scenic hike. Oh, that’s just one of the hundreds of hiking trails you’ll find in our county, ranging from easy-peasy to holy-cow-that’s-tough—so you’re sure to find one just for you.

In each of our five mountain towns, Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, Clyde and Lake Junaluska, there’s even more to do. Our locally-owned shops offer up unique finds. Museums pay tribute to our rich history. Quilt trails help you to explore the county. Take home fresh, local produce from our U-Pick farms and gardens. Enjoy live music performances that seem to happen nightly at our restaurants and then wash it all down and unwind with a craft beer from one of our local breweries.

Oh, and we’re not finished yet. Unlike other mountain destinations, things really start to heat up here around wintertime. Come shred some slopes at Cataloochee Ski Area. Zip down the mountain at Tube World. Or, simply take in the remarkable views of snow-capped mountain peaks all around you.

To learn more, check out our family adventure getaway and hiking itinerary and head over to

1110 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Exit at Milepost 423.2, 443.1, 455.7

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