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50 for 50: The Ultimate Bucket List Guide to Celebrating Maggie Valley’s 50th Birthday!


Happy 50th Birthday, Maggie Valley! Over the last 50 years, Maggie Valley has grown into a destination with everything from breathtaking outdoor escapes and exciting festivals to quaint local shops and mouthwatering cuisine––all the makings of an unforgettable trip. Join in on the birthday celebration by exploring our list of Maggie Valley’s top 50 things to do. 

  1. Face your fears and climb Soco Craft Tower – The Most Photographed View in the Smokies.
  2. View the rarest motorcycle in the world, a 1916 Traub, at Wheels Through Time Museum.
  3. Stand back and watch the elk graze in the majestic fields of Cataloochee Valley.
  4. Try the #1 Pancake in North Carolina at Joey’s Pancake House.
  5. Hit the slopes at Cataloochee Ski Area.
  6. Reel in some trout from Jonathan Creek.
  7. Break in your dancin’ boots at The Stompin’ Ground, the “Cloggin’ Capital of the World.”
  8. Venture off the beaten path with a wildlife Jeep or UTV tour from Scenic Tours & Adventures.
  9. Canter to scenic overlooks on horseback at Cataloochee Ranch.
  10. Discover artisanal crafts at Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts shows.
  11. Hoot ‘n holler to folk favorites at the Hillbilly Jam.
  12. Sluice for gems at Maggie Valley Rock Shop & Gem Mine.
  13. Indulge in Aunt Maggie’s homemade fudge at Maggie Mountaineer Crafts.
  14. Watch competitive carver, Mike, sculpt wooden masterpieces at Mountain Mike’s Whetstone Woodworks.
  15. Cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway in a Slingshot.
  16. Ring in autumn by scouting out the 5-mile trail of Fall Days decorations.   
  17. Capture the winter spirit with a photo in front of the Ski Town lights display. 
  18. Engage all 5 senses at Mary Rathbone Rich Park’s sensory garden.
  19. Answer the call from beyond the grave in a séance at Hauntings in the Valley.
  20. Pamper your four-legged friends at Woofs & Whiskers Boutique.

  21. Savor scratch-made biscuits at Pop’s Place.
  22. Flex your problem-solving skills at Maggie Valley Puzzle Rooms.
  23. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Jelly Bellies’ 365 candy varieties.
  24. Put your best golf clubs to work on Maggie Valley Club’s Mountain Nine course.  
  25. Jam out on a crock drum at Different Drummer Pottery.
  26. Learn to decorate cookies like a pro at Sunshine & Sugar Bakeshop.
  27. Slide down the ice slide at Ice Fest.
  28. Watch as the All Lighted Jeep Parade spreads festive cheer.
  29. Check out over 700 vintage and modern mini trucks at the Southeastern Mini Truckin’ Nationals.
  30. Bring a lawn chair and pick the perfect spot for the Backyard Fourth fireworks show.

  31. Shop a year-round winter wonderland at Cabbage Rose.
  32. Find over 75 wildflower species along the Mountains-to-Sea trail.
  33. Visit the “Home of the Pressed Sandwich” at Maggie Valley Sandwich Shop.
  34. Eat classic Italian fare at Five Star Diamond Award winner Frankie’s Italian Trattoria.
  35. Tube down Jonathan Creek.
  36. Cheer on your team while you watch the game at Legends Sports Bar & Grill.
  37. Play a round of Mini-Golf at Fantasy Golf or Carpet Golf.
  38. Find unique treasures at Gates Flea Market.
  39. Show off your axe throwing skills at Maggie Valley Axe Lounge.
  40. Eat BBQ with a view at Pop’s Butts on The Creek.

  41. Enjoy elevated Appalachian cuisine at Switchback on Cataloochee Ranch.
  42. Go sledding at Soco Gap.
  43. Refine your palate with a wine tasting at B & C Winery.
  44. Sink into relaxation at Sundarah Wellness, voted Haywood’s #1 Day Spa. 
  45. Step back into the 80s at Valley Dog Hot Dog Shop.
  46. Nourish your skin with Soaps from a Goat.
  47. Spruce up your closet with accessories from Simply Soco.
  48. Tuck into country classics at J Arthur’s Restaurants.
  49. Test your knowledge at Valley Tavern Lodge’s trivia night.
  50. Tie the knot at Caroline’s Wedding Chapel.

With this list of the town’s 50 can’t-miss experiences under your belt, make Maggie Valley your next adventure. Pick your perfect match from our diverse lodging options and head to the heart of the mountains to commemorate 50 years of Maggie’s unique charm!

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