Get Your Group On in Haywood!
Group Travel in Haywood County, NC Starts Here
From the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway to local flavors and heritage hotspots, there are a variety of ways to experience Haywood County’s treasured sites and celebrated culture. Get all the details you need to plan your group visit when you download our Group Travel Planner Guide.
In Haywood County, our sales team is here to help ensure your group experiences all the best our region has to offer. Whether you are planning a family reunion or group outing with friends, traveling with a social, military or church organization, or simply looking for a weekend getaway with family, our team will help manage your reservations and provide you with a customized agenda that best serves your group’s needs.
Visit NC Smokies welcomes your group! No matter if your group size is 10 or 500, Haywood County is the perfect spot in Western North Carolina to hold your destination wedding, family, military, or school reunions, corporate meetings, car and motorcycle rallies, sporting events, and religious retreats. No matter what type of group, Haywood County is a great fit.
Why Haywood County? For starters, we boast 46 of the most scenic miles of Blue Ridge Parkway and authentic Appalachian history, culture, and natural experiences. Not to mention Haywood County is the Gateway to the Smokies, home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton, and Clyde boast some of the most unique experiences in Western North Carolina.
Our festivals, events, live music and theatrical shows occur year-round and are part of what makes your group experience special. From the Folkmoot Festival of International Folk Music and Dance to the IBMA award-winning Balsam Range Winter Concert Series, there is something for every group to attend. Visit the Calendar of Events page.
We are centrally located! Haywood County is the perfect spot to explore nearby destinations to add a few day trips to your visit. Just 25 miles from Asheville, NC, groups can explore Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum, Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Contact our Sales Manager to craft your personal Haywood County and regional itinerary.
Homegrown Hospitality Awaits! Visit NC Smokies Sales team is here to help coordinate all the details to make your group experience memorable. You can download our Group Travel Planner to help plan your next group visit to Haywood County. We also offer personalized itineraries to fit your group’s needs, FREE Step-on guide services are offered to any group staying overnight in Haywood County. If you’re on a day trip, step-on guides are available for a fee. By working directly with our team, your group will obtain the best pricing available for lodging, meals, and attraction admission. We also offer welcome bags to every group that visits Haywood County.
Let our sales team plan your next group trip to Haywood County.
We promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Contact us to plan your trip:
Visit NC Smokies Visitor Center
|1110 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Download our Group Travel Planner to start planning your group visit to the NC Smokies today!
Accommodations – Stay with us a night or three!
With a variety of lodging options, Haywood County has the perfect group accommodations to fit your price point and comfort level from mountain resorts, a conference & retreat center, and national brand hotels, to bed & breakfasts, ranches, cottages and cabins.
Dining – Authentic Southern Cuisine
Whether you are planning an outing with a party of 5 or 25, our locally owned restaurants have what you’re looking for. From farm-to-table dining to authentic Southern cooking, browse our list of group-friendly restaurants to find the one that works best for you.
Things to Do – Looking for something Hands-On?
Groups will have plenty of hands-on experiences to choose from when visiting Haywood County. Get the VIP treatment of a personal performance and backstage access at the International Folkmoot Festival of Folk Music and Dance. Learn to create an organic meal at Cork and Clever. Our professional troupe of actors at the HART theatre will provide a workshop, backstage tour, VIP access to their theatrical performance, and cocktails with the actors afterwards. Perhaps your group is more outdoorsy. Try paddle boarding at Lake Junaluska, horseback riding or horse painting at Cataloochee Guest Ranch, or mountain skiing or tubing at Cataloochee Ski Resort.
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Group Meetings and Event Venues
Looking to hold a meeting, reunion, or corporate retreat? Haywood County has just what you need. Our various event spaces can hold any size group up to 400. The Group Sales team can customize your event to fit your needs. Our venues provide both indoor and outdoor spaces, break out rooms, in-house or outside catering, internet access, and more. In addition, your group can access golf courses, recreation trails, restaurants, and mountain scenery that is unmatched. Click this link to view our meeting and event venues. Contact our Group Sales Manager to reserve your next group event.
Motorcoaches are Always Welcome
Our NEW Visitors Center, centrally located in Maggie Valley, is open 7 days a week with rest rooms and plenty of information about our county attractions. There is motor coach parking available in our lot. Plus by working with us during your planning process, we will ensure that motorcoach parking is available at the Haywood County destinations your group visits. Contact the Sales Manager for details.