Winter time in the NC Smokies takes fun to a whole new level…literally. Maggie Valley is home to Cataloochee Ski Area where you can ski and snowboard at over 5,000 feet in elevation. Or head down the mountain for a round of snow tubing at Tube World. There are also tons of other cool activities like scenic winter hikes, awesome live music and entertainment, and cozy spots to just chill and warm up with local craft beer or glass of wine. Trust us, Haywood County is exactly where you want to be this winter!
Hit the Slopes at Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Rd., Maggie Valley 28751
Ski the southern most ski area in the country! With an elevation of 5,400 ft and 18 slopes and trails ranging from beginner to expert, the ski area provides challenging fun for the entire family. Also known as one of the first ski areas to open and one of the last to close, you’re guaranteed one of the longest ski seasons in the south. Visit www.cataloochee.com for more info and current conditions. Make the most of your winter adventure with a whole day on the slopes, but take a break to cozy up by the fire in the lodge and enjoy a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant and lounge.
Shopping in Downtown Waynesville
Historic Main Street, Waynesville 28786
Time to thaw out! Head to Main St. in Waynesville to grab a hot chocolate or locally roasted coffee and explore the many unique shops and boutiques that line Main St. You’ll find everything from outdoor gear and one-of-kind gifts to fine art and hand-made jewelry. It’s the perfect afternoon activity after a day on the slopes.
An Evening at the The Strand
38 N. Main St, Waynesville 28786
The Strand at 38 Main is a boutique cinema and intimate listening venue located in the heart of downtown Waynesville. The Strand offers an ever-changing mix of classic films, second run movies and live music. The storefront lobby serves classic movie concessions including organic popcorn, local craft brews, artisan sodas by the Waynesville Soda Jerks, fresh baked soft pretzels, home made ice cream from The Hop, coffee drinks and more!
Experience the Perfect Winter Hike at Sam’s Summits Loop Trail
Spend the morning exploring the perfect winter hike. Head up Hwy 215/Lake Logan Rd to access the Sam’s Summits Loop Trail, located in the Shining Rock Wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest. As this area borders the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is often inaccessible via the parkway in the winter due to road closures, but the trail head for Sam’s Summits is accessible year-round. A free beautifully illustrated guide is available exclusively at Haywood Visitors Center providing directions, an overview of the area, multiple trail paths, and other tips for hiking the area.
This map and others are available at the Haywood County Visitor Center in Maggie Valley 1-800-334-9036.
Slip and Slide at Tube World
4821 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley 28751
Relive your childhood days of sledding or create new memories with your own little ones. Tube World, located just before you head up the mountain to Cataloochee Ski Area, is a snow-tubing slalom that offers six lanes of tubing fun! Kids of all ages enjoy tubing and it’s perfect for families or groups. Plus, you never have to walk back up the hill – simply step on their carpet lift and let it do the work.
Check out our Craft Breweries!
Warm up with a locally brewed seasonal ale. Haywood County is the proud home of four microbreweries: Boojum Brewing, BearWaters Brewing Frog Level Brewing, and Tipping Point Tavern & Brewery. Each has their own distinct taste. so spend the afternoon 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.
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.