Start your day bright and early with a visit to see the reintroduced elk of Cataloochee Valley, which are most visible during dawn and dusk. The valley is one the most remote parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is rich in mountain history and beauty. The area is laced with abundant wildflowers […]
Let our naturalist take you on a guided Eco-tour to one of the best kept secrets in the Great Smoky Mountains — Cataloochee Valley! Travel back in time to one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will be transported in comfort over the rugged, winding mountain […]
Cataloochee Valley, located in the heart of the North Carolina section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is one the most visited attractions in Haywood County. This section of the national park is full of beauty, history, and wildlife which includes the majestic elk who were reintroduced into the valley in 2001. While this […]
Lodging Your lodging choices range from cozy, comfortable rooms in the main Ranch House, to individual cabins that sleep from two to eight people, to the Silverbell Lodge, designed especially for larger gatherings. Whether you opt to spend all your time at the Ranch, or to venture out to explore the nearby towns of Maggie […]
Unlimited green fees for two at the Maggie Valley Club.Two-bedroom, two-bath condos with full kitchens and fireplaces located on and around the Maggie Valley Club golf course.This par 72 course offers challenging bent grass greens and a 900-foot elevation change between the front and back nines.In the winter, ski the slopes of nearby Cataloochee Ski […]
If you’re looking for a unique a unique winter event, we suggest making plans to head to Maggie Valley, NC the weekend of February 27 – March 1, 2015. The inaugural WinterFest Smoky Style will be kicking off with a “Welcome to Haywood” reception for visitors, including about a dozen amateur sled dog owners from […]
It is music to any skier or snowboarders ears: Cataloochee Ski Area is now open and ready for it’s 54th winter season. With opening day taking place this past Sunday, November 2nd, several of Cataloochee’s slopes were groomed and ready to welcome the season’s first skiers and snowboarders to some of the best conditions in […]
You don’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of money or an entire day just traveling to fulfill that need for speed. Centrally located and easily accessible by car from many locales in the Southeast, Maggie Valley, North Carolina, is home to Cataloochee Ski Area. So don’t delay and miss out on great fun and […]
Escape the Rush, Stress of Holiday Season in Haywood County’s Winter Wonderland Though most of the colorful leaves have fallen here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, there are still plenty of reasons to visit Maggie Valley and Waynesville. While perhaps not as well known as a “winter wonderland,” the variety of affordable things […]
Guided walking tours recounting the History of Haywood County and beautiful Waynesville, N.C., from the early days of the Cherokee natives and pioneers to the story of the Home Guard and the last shots of the Civil War fired east of the Mississippi. Hear about the rise of the railway, tourism, moonshine in the mountains, the […]
There’s no reason to put outdoor adventure on pause in the winter. Here’s seven good reasons why we love winter hiking, and seven trails to try in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains of Haywood County. As always, make sure you’re prepared before you hit the trail. Check out our companion article — Know Before You […]
There is no shortage of fun things to do in Waynesville, NC. From waterfall hiking and cycling to fishing and more, Waynesville is a true outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Two of the most popular attractions in Waynesville are Cataloochee Valley (can you say elk?) and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offer breathtaking views of the Great […]
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. The Great […]
I don't know about you, but there are few things I look forward to more than a long weekend. Far too often my weekends turn into a game of catch up where I try to conquer all the tasks I was too busy to attend to during the week. But a long weekend gives you that extra time to accomplish those tasks and still have time to enjoy yourself. And since this upcoming weekend happens to have an extra day attached to it, why not head for the cool, refreshing mountains to enjoy a little extra playtime.
Earlier this summer, Visit NC Smokies held a "Selfie in the Smokies" Facebook contest where the winner was invited to write a guest blog for our website. We are happy to announce that the winner of the contest was Kim Gardner of Waynesville! She shared some of the many reasons why she loves Haywood County and why you should come experience it for yourself! We hope you enjoy reading her post as much as we did! Congratulations and great work, Kim!
There is something very special about the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Some say its the majestic rolling mountains and their beckoning call to be explored, while others say its the down-home friendly folks who give you the feeling like you’ve known them for years. Or perhaps it is the time-honored traditions that […]
On a recent visit to The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, I learned about an intriguing point of interest located near the Inn along the Cataloochee Divide Trail. This hiking trail is one of the main paths that weaves you through the mountains and terrain surrounding the Cataloochee Valley area of Haywood County. A very […]
It’s no secret that Haywood County is rich in authentic Appalachian history. Established in 1808, the county has a story over 200 years in the making. The area is home to generations of families that settled the area and planted ties that still exist today. Many visitors are drawn to the area just to explore […]
As we sit on the eve of October, I know what is on everyone’s mind: Fall Leaf Season. While we officially began the fall season (according to our calendars) last week, it just doesn’t seem like fall until the leaves begin to change. But even before the first tree starts to turn, you start getting […]
No?! Well, let me make a suggestion: Plan a pre-fall trip to Haywood County and visit Cataloochee Valley, the birthplace of the reintroduced elk population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During fall breeding season, also known as “rut”, male bull elks perform their legendary “bugle” calls to attract female cows and other bulls. […]
The holidays are officially open us. With Thanksgiving being the official “kick-off” to the holiday season, now is a great time to take a moment and stop. Yes, stop. Stop what you’re doing, put down that Black Friday sale paper, and quit thinking about your grandmother’s pumpkin pie for a few minutes. Take just a […]
That’s right! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has officially re-opened as of 8am, Tuesday October 16. Due to generous joint funding from both Tennessee and North Carolina, the park has re-opened it’s gates to the public for the first time since closing them on October 1st. The funding will allow the park to remain […]
Hiking When the Time is Right By Jeff Schmerker When I lived in Waynesville, about this time each year we’d start getting visitors from places like Columbia and Atlanta. Invariably, those who came were surprised to see that despite the fact just that morning they had been duking it out through still-summer heat, they arrived […]
Thanks to Darren W. Miller of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority for providing this most helpful information. Foliage.org: What are the local and regional roads or highways that are favorite scenic routes for Fall tourists? Lake Junaluska, surrounded by rolling hills and mountain peaks, is always a good spot to do a bit of […]
Winter has rallied in the N.C. Smokies this week, laying down a fresh coat of natural powder at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley. It’s the perfect excuse to head to the mountains and hit the slopes one more time before retiring your skis or snowboard for the season. Winter has been locked in a […]
Log home located in Maggie Valley 1.6 miles from Cataloochee Ranch& Cataloochee Ski Area. 2 Levels fully furnished and tastefully decorated, 4 bedroom 3 full bath home with hot tub, fire pit, waterfall and creek. 3 flat screen tv’s, trees, views and easy access. Have a bonfire or enjoy a glass of wine while sitting […]
Romance is in the air in the North Carolina Smokies of Haywood County, and we’ve got three perfect recipes to help you pull off an unforgettable Valentine’s getaway. Escape to the mountains for a breathtaking couple’s ski trip, wine-and-dine your date with a spa and theater retreat, or cap off a day of outdoor adventure […]
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Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? You do now! Visit the North Carolina Smoky Mountains in Haywood County to ring in 2017. There is something for everyone to enjoy from family-friendly fun to partying the night away with friends. Check us out! Note: space fills up quickly, reservations are recommended. Laurel Ridge Country […]
Join us for one of the most beautiful and challenging 5K runs ever! The third annual Richard’s 5K Fun Run/Walk will take you across mile-high meadows and along forest trails at Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie Valley. Afterwards, lunch will be available for purchase at a cook-out behind the main Ranch house. Runners of any […]
Now that we are about half-way through the summer season (can you believe it?!), it is time for a summer festival and event update. As you probably know by now or you will find out when you visit, Haywood County LOVES to throw a good party and we do it all summer long with unique festivals and events.
Bring the kids and have a blast with Cataloochee Ski Area’s “Kids Stay & Ski Free” program in Maggie Valley. A child 17 and under can stay overnight FREE at a participating Haywood County accommodation and ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. Paying adults simply stay overnight at one of the participating accommodations […]
Located in beautiful Maggie Valley NC, close to Cataloochee skiing, has wood burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, covered back porch you can grill outside even when it’s raining, easy access. Has Direct TV.and WIFI,. All towels and linens provided. Quiet area of Crockett’s Meadow. Very cozy and comfortable. Thee is a 3 night min. stay.
Truly the perfect mountain getaway, this wooded retreat is a deluxe two bedroom, two bath log cabin featuring every amenity possible for a relaxing vacation! Centrally located to Asheville, Cherokee, Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Cataloochee Ski, this cabin provides an escape with access to the most popular activities in the Great Smoky Mountains!
Nestled in the majestic Maggie Valley Country Club, take advantage of the golf courses spectacular landscapes and scenery. Indulge in lunch or dinner at the Club House Pin High Bar & Grille. If you’re in town to ski, then enjoy the Great Smoky Mountain Cataloochee Ski Resort, only 10 mile down the road. If you’re […]
Are you heading to Haywood County over the holidays but need a little help figuring out what to do? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve got just what you’re looking for. Whether its traversing one of the Southern most ski areas in the country with the family or warming up with a locally-brewed […]
I don’t know about you, but winter is one my favorite times of the year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is full of excitement while the months following are dotted with anticipation of hearing that four-letter word uttered by the local weatherman (yes, I’m talking about SNOW). The mere mention of a […]
Every holiday season, starting in mid-November, the choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms nestled among the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina attract visitors both near and far in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Haywood County is home to four locally owned and operated farms specializing in North Carolina Frazier firs. Tree-seekers search the mountainside for […]
Heading to the NC Smokies this upcoming weekend? Good, because we’ve got plenty to keep you occupied during your stay! From majestic hikes and scenic stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway to farm-fresh agri-adventures and some of the most authentic homegrown mountain music you’ll ever tap your toe to. To check out the long list […]