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Traffic Alert Update – I-40 Blasting Starts Week of July 13

July 8, 2015

Traffic Alert Update – Starting the week of  July 13, blasting operations will cause temporary morning closures on a rural stretch of Interstate 40 in Haywood County near the Tennessee border. The North Carolina Department of Transportation continues a project to make the rockslide-prone area safer, blasting unstable boulders from the mountainside near mile marker 7. Read more…


2015 Agritourism Guides are Ripe for the Pickin’!

June 8, 2015

Do you have a love for farm fresh produce, local artisan food products, farm to table feasts and unique heritage events? You will find that and so much more in Haywood County thanks to Buy Haywood’s new 2015 “Find your Adventure” Agritourism Guide that is hot off the press and just ripe for the pickin’! Read more…


Hike Sams Summits Loop Trail

June 2, 2015

After this past weekend, I have a new favorite hike: the Sam’s Summits Loop Trail.  Located in the Shining Rock Wilderness area of Haywood County, this unique hike offers all the great components of a well-rounded loop trail hike that can be completed in less than a day.  As you may have seen in past Read more…


Learning to Fly Fish in the NC Smokies

May 26, 2015

I finally learned to fly fish. Well at least the basics of fly fishing.  If you follow our blog, you know that I am an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking and exploring, but I know very little about fly fishing.  After my previous blog several weeks ago that included a spring fly fishing report, Read more…


There is something brewing in Haywood County…

May 18, 2015

While North Carolina Beer Month (April) may be over, there is still A LOT brewing around Haywood County.  Our four local microbreweries have a variety of seasonal taps available like Boojum Brewing’s Tropical Green Tea Pale Ale and the Folkmalt Mango Lager at Bearwaters Brewing in addition to our favorite year-round taps like the Salamander Read more…


“Live Like a Local” on you next vacation to Haywood County

May 13, 2015

When you travel, do you like to go where the locals go, eat where the locals eat and do what the locals do?  That is actually a very common request we get from visitors to Haywood County.  We often get calls asking where the best local hang outs are, where the locals love to eat Read more…


Join us for the the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War

May 4, 2015

The second part of a three part series to commemorate the Haywood County’s Civil War Sesquicentennial, entitled Preview“Last Shot Fired” will commemorate the 150th anniversary this upcoming weekend, May 8 – 11. The weekend events are guaranteed to educate, entertain and appeal to history buffs of all ages.  There are many small stories and events Read more…


Spring Fly Fishing Report from The Hunter Banks Co.

April 28, 2015

I love spring in Haywood County.  It is such an exciting time in the mountains because everyone begins to venture back outdoors to enjoy the many incredible activities available in our area.  I love it when people come into our visitor centers craving a new adventure as they inquire about the best local hikes, bike Read more…


Take a Tour of Pure & Simple Haywood County

April 20, 2015

Are you planning a Smoky Mountain adventure but not sure where to start? Well that is what we are for!  We love to help folks plan their upcoming vacations to Haywood County…in fact, we love it so much that we’ve gone ahead and put together a variety of itineraries to help you make the most Read more…


Cataloochee Valley Named “10 Best US Safaris” by Fodors Travel

April 13, 2015

Did you know that you don’t have to trek all the way to Africa just to experience an authentic wildlife safari? You might just be surprised to find there are some really unique ways to get up close and personal with wildlife here in the US, including right here in Haywood County.  We are excited Read more…


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