Welcome to Haywood County, North Carolina, boasting 46 of the most scenic miles of the 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 in order to 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, like delectable ramps, clogging, and the North Carolina state dog, the Plott Hound.
Authentic Appalachian, Pure & simple
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 one of the country’s southern most ski resorts, 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.