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Where the last shot of the Civil War east of the Mississippi still echoes

If you love mountain heritage, you will find it right here in Haywood County. The variety of authentic experiences is endless, but a good place to start is with one of our several heritage trails.

Haywood County provides inspiration for both bluegrass and traditional mountain folk music, which has earned us a notable spot on the Blue Ridge Music Trail. The trail highlights Haywood’s bluegrass music scene, musicians, and dances, allowing you to experience this rich heritage first-hand.

Explore the Haywood County Quilt Trails, a collection of colorful wooden blocks that guide you on a scenic tour while telling unique heritage stories along the way.

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Learn the history of North Carolina’s state dog, the Plott Hound, while visiting points of interest on the Plott Dog Trail in Maggie Valley.

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In 2015 Haywood County commemorated the 150th anniversary of the conclusion of the American Civil War. As the site of the last shot fired east of the Mississippi River, Haywood County has five historical Civil War attractions that are included on the NC Civil War Trails.