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Welcome to Waynesville, North Carolina!

Waynesville, NC

Welcome to Waynesville, North Carolina!

Experience Downtown Waynesville. You'll Love It.

Waynesville, North Carolina, is the largest town in Western North Carolina and is a short drive from Asheville, NC. Downtown Waynesville has a quaint, urban charm, perfect for walkable shopping in local boutiques and gift shops for artisan goods. For visitors interested in enjoying a unique, flavorful Appalachian experience, Waynesville offers a vibrant farm-to-table restaurant and craft beer scene. Its proximity to popular hiking trails and waterfalls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway make it a popular vacation destination for those looking to explore the great outdoors. Once you experience Waynesville, you'll never want to leave! We're sure You'll Love It!

Towns of Haywood County

Waynesville Restaurants

Downtown Waynesville is home to many diverse restaurants that serve up some of the finest home grown entrées in the Smokies. There's something to satisfy every palate, including farm-to-table restaurants, local mom and pop diners and microbreweries.

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Places to Stay in Waynesville

Whether you are looking for a log cabin in the mountains for a family retreat, a cozy bed and breakfast for a romantic getaway, a charming inn rich in history, or a clean and affordable hotel, you'll find it all in Waynesville, NC.

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Things to do in Waynesville

Waynesville is home to a variety of family-friendly activities, including horseback riding, golf, nature tours, museums, theaters and shopping. Or just sit back in a rocking chair, sip some sweet tea and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

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Centrally Located to All Western North Carolina Has to Offer!

Waynesville, NC, is located 26 miles west of Asheville, NC, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Downtown Waynesville offers plenty of restaurants, specialty shops and even a Mast General Store within easy walking distance. But, if you do decide to venture out, its central location makes an ideal basecamp for experiencing all Western North Carolina has to offer.

It's just a short drive to other Haywood County towns including Maggie Valley, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde. Visitors wanting a day trip adventure can take a drive on America's original scenic highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or reach the Pisgah National Forest in approximately 30 minutes and Gatlinburg, TN, in 1.5 hours.

Explore Our Region

  • 7 minutes → Lake Junaluska
  • 10 minutes → Maggie Valley
  • 30 minutes → Asheville
  • 30 minutes → Pisgah National Forest
  • 90 minutes → Gatlinburg, TN
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Events in Waynesville

The heart of Appalachian culture, Waynesville hosts a wide range of events and festivals celebrating its unique heritage. Popular events include the Church Street Art & Craft Show, Apple Harvest Festival, Mountain Street Dances and A Night Before Christmas. Come experience the unique traditions that make annual Waynesville events so special.

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Upcoming Events
  • Schoolhouse Rock
    February 17th, 18th , 24th & 25th
    PERFORMANCES AT 10AM and 2PM- pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs takes to the stage in this lively production.
  • Darren Nicholson Band @ The Strand
    March 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    He is a Grammy Award Nominee and a recipient of 5 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards. Including Entertainer of the Year (2014), Song of the Year (2011), and Album of the Year (2006). He has appeared countless times on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, CMT, GAC and many of the world’s most famous venues and networks. Currently, he records and tours as a full-time, founding member of Balsam Range with all sorts of collaborative efforts each year.
  • Melange of the Mountains
    April 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Experience the tasty delights of the 13th Annual Culinary Gala held at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Experience some of Western North Carolina’s most regarded restaurants, microbreweries, artisan producers and culinary talent as participants compete in categories ranging from salad to seafood to dessert. After the competition, participants will offer expertly plated samples of specialty items inspired by their own menus and culinary point of view.
Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville, NC, History

Waynesville was officially founded in 1810 by Colonel Robert Love, an American Revolutionary War soldier, and named after the Colonel's former commander General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. On May 6, 1865, the last shot of the Civil War was fired just east of Waynesville in White Sulphur Springs, NC. During what has become known as the Battle of Waynesville, Union soldiers who retreated to the Waynesville from White Sulphur Springs were able to intimidate Confederate forces into surrendering on May 9, 1865. Waynesville officially incorporated in 1871 and is today comprised of six distinct neighborhoods: Downtown, Frog Level, Hazelwood, Laurel Ridge, Russ Avenue and West Waynesville.