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The Mountain Mancation

Sometimes you just need a weekend with the guys!  Haywood County offers plenty of awesome activities to keep you and the guys busy for an entire weekend.  Enjoy challenging golf courses, craft breweries, delicious food, exciting outdoor adventures and much more. We promise you will discover that there is plenty of fun to be had in the NC Smokies on your next “mancation.”

Mountain Mancation Itinerary


Mountain Heritage Trout Waters
They say the early bird gets the worm…well so do the trout! Purchase a 3-day, $7.00 fishing license to fish in the designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters in Waynesville and Maggie Valley. This special 3-day license can be purchased online at www.ncwildlife.org or by telephone Monday – Friday, 8-5 at 888-248-6834. Did you forget your fishing pole and tackle box? No worries! Stop by the Maggie Valley Visitor Center and pick up a free tackle box filled with 6 lures/flies and you can borrow either a fly rod or a spinner rod.

Purchase Knob Hike
After lunch, stop by the Maggie Valley Visitor Center and pick up a Purchase Knob Hiking Guide. This beautifully illustrated map was created by a local certified naturalist and highlights one of Haywood County’s best hiking gems. Purchase Knob offers a wide range of biodiversity and other appealing aspects all encompassed in a four-hour roundtrip hike. Easy to Moderate grade.

Maggie Valley Opry House
3605 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley 28751
Almost hidden from view on Route 19, the Maggie Valley Opry House may be a simple building but is full of authentic musical character. From May – October, the Opry House features live traditional bluegrass and mountain music that is most often accompanied by legendary bluegrass artist, Raymond Fairchild. For line-ups and other information, call the Opry House: 828-926-9336


Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
62 Vintage Lane, Maggie Valley 28751
The Wheels Through Time Museum is home to a premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorcycles and other classic transportation displays. The museum houses over 300 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, with over 24 marquees on display, including the likes of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, and much more.

Time to Tee Off!
Haywood County is home to five incredibly scenic golf courses so take your pick! No matter which one you choose, you are in store for a challenging afternoon with the guys. Set up a tee time for an afternoon of 9 or block out the entire day for a full 18.

Maggie Valley Club
3054 Soco Road Maggie Valley 28751

Laurel Ridge Country Club
788 Eagles Nest Road Waynesville NC 28786

Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa
176 Country Club Inn Waynesville NC 28786

Springdale Country Club
200 Golfwatch Road Canton NC 28716

Lake Junaluska Golf Course
756 Golf Course Road Waynesville NC 28786

Check out our Craft Breweries!
You must be getting thirsty! Haywood County is the proud home of four homegrown microbreweries: Boojum Brewing, BearWaters Brewing, Frog Level Brewing, and Tipping Point Tavern & Brewery. Each has their own distinct taste so spend the evening at one (or more) trying their various taps. Order up a frosty flight and don’t forget to grab a growler of your favorite to take home. Several of the breweries also offer live music and entertainment on various nights of the week so hang around and see what is going on that night.

The above itinerary is a SAMPLE itinerary. Other attractions and activities can be substituted based on your preferences and the current seasonality to create a unique itinerary for your next visit.

Restaurant Suggestions – Haywood County is home to such a wide range of locally owned and operated restaurants that we couldn’t just pick a few! From casual, down-home eateries to gourmet, fine-dining and everything in between, we have it all here Haywood. For a full listing and more information, visit our Dining Page.