EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF THE NC SMOKIES IN HAYWOOD COUNTY
When you visit North Carolina, make Haywood County your first stop for a truly authentic Appalachian experience filled with outdoor adventure and family-friendly activities. Haywood County is best known for its 46 miles of scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains, and affordable vacation home rentals with spectacular views.
Haywood County is comprised of five mountain towns— Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton, and Clyde—each of which brings its own culture and Appalachian heritage to the area.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway stretches through Haywood County and offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, valleys, and countryside. The Parkway is a destination for tourists all year round and is most popular in the fall when the leaves begin to turn shades of bright red, orange, and yellow. Along the Parkway, you’ll find incredible hiking spots and places to pull off and experience more of what Haywood County has to offer.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
There’s a reason why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park. Filled with hiking trails of all kinds, plus diverse plant and animal life, this world-renowned park encompasses over half a million acres. Camp, picnic, explore to your heart’s delight.