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6 Tips for a Family-Friendly Trip to Maggie Valley


Spending your hard-earned money and precious time planning a vacation that the entire family will enjoy, both adults and children, can be overwhelming, especially when you’re unaware of what the area has to offer. However, if you’ve made it here, then you’re already on the right track! We are here to guide you in planning the perfect trip for your loved ones and thinking of all the details. Here are our six helpful tips for enjoying your family-friendly trip to Maggie Valley.

1. Book an Accommodating Stay Early

Where you stay can make or break a family trip. Set the tone of your trip by wowing the family with a perfect stay. From cabin to campground and motels to hotels, we have accommodations for groups of all shapes, sizes, and accessibilities. Choose the perfect scene for your family’s trip, whether that’s a one-story ranch so grandparents can get around more easily or a cabin with plenty of rooms to give everyone the space they need to breathe.

2. Yield to the Season

Here in Maggie Valley, we experience the full extent and magnificence of all seasons, which means you will want to pack and buy accordingly to beat the heat and bare the cold while having barrels of fun. You can look around our many shops and boutiques here in town, like Barn Tin Boutique, for the perfect winter and fall flannels, fuzzy socks, and coats, or summer tanks and sunglasses.

3. Pack for Comfort + Adventure

Maggie Valley is the mountain town for adventure all year long, so make sure you have the right gear. We have numerous outdoor activities fit for all seasons such as hiking, biking, and trails a-plenty, but nobody wants to climb mountain summits in flip-flops, wade through swimming holes in jeans, or explore downtown in the rain without a rain jacket. Make sure to bring hiking or tennis shoes to bike and climb trails like Waterrock Knob, a bathing suit for swimming holes and waterfalls like Soco Falls, and a rain jacket just in case!

4. Eat Hearty Meals

There is so much here to discover, which means you will want to pack your stomachs for a full day of action-packed adventure. You and the family can tide yourselves over with a hearty meal from one of Maggie Valley’s delicious restaurants, like Valley Dogs, Frankie’s Trattoria, or Joey’s Pancake House.

5. Plan Activities That Are Accessible for the Entire Group

While Maggie Valley has challenging adventures for even the greatest thrill-seekers, we also have plenty of indoor and outdoor adventures and resources to accommodate any children, pets, elderly or handicap individuals on your trip. Check out our sweet rides at Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum, take some old-fashioned glamour shots at Linda’s Vintage Photo Shoots, or play a round of putt-putt at Fantasy Golf & Game Room.

6. Make Sure You Have All of the Information

Jump right into planning your Maggie Valley adventure by learning more about all the things our town has to offer in our free digital Visitor Guide for all the resources you need to plan the perfect family getaway. Or, if you prefer to plan in person, feel free to stop by the Visitor Center to speak with one of our representatives about regional brochures, maps, calendars, and more.

And as always, don’t forget to tag @VisitNCSmokies and #HayNow in your social media posts for a chance to be featured in our marketing materials.

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