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#trashtag in the Smokies with Steven Reinhold

#TrashTag: A Wholesome Challenge Goes Viral

One man’s trash, is still trash if it’s litter. Over the weekend and in the blink of an eye, as most viral challenges go, the #trashtag challenge swept the nation and the world on social media. The challenge is simple, head to an outdoor area covered in litter and snap a pic before and after […]

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Family Friendly Spring Break

Spring Break Smokies Style

You’ve probably got a lot on your mind when thinking about Spring Break: where are you going? Who’s coming with? How are you going to pack the car? We’re here to take one less thing off your plate: what are we going to do when we get there? If you’re coming to the NC Smokies, […]

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Saint Patrick’s Weekend Shenanigans

Pull out everything green that you own and gear up for Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Whether you’re Irish 365 days a year or only on Saint Patrick’s Day, there are plenty of events for you to celebrate the holiday to avoid being green with envy. 3/16 Luck of the Arts Check out all Downtown […]

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Classic Hike of the Smokies 2019

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains with this Monthly Hiking Series!

Wanting to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’re looking to gain some new hiking partners and meet new people? Friends of the Smokies is kicking off their 9th annual Classic Hike of the Smokies series on March 12. These monthly guided day hikes of varying […]

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flowers

7 Photo-Worthy Flowers You Can’t Miss This Spring

Written by Peyton Taylor As they say, “April showers bring Hay flowers!” Haywood County is full of so many beautiful blooms just waiting to be discovered by you this Spring. Whether you’re an experienced botanist or simply looking for a backdrop for the perfect Instagram picture, Haywood County has it all. Spring Flowers Rhododendron Blooming […]

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Haywood County’s Best Places to Sip Back and Relax

We really can’t blame you for wanting to take a relaxing trip to the Smokies—the views are calming, the weather is more than pleasant, the food is always fresh, the beer is as crisp as the morning breeze, and the locally-distilled spirits are jam-packed with a hundred degrees of sweet, burning heat. As we get […]

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Maggie Valley Ice Skating Rink

Winter Skating in Maggie Valley

Lace up your boots and get ready to shred the synthetic gnar in Maggie Valley. For two weeks starting February 8th – 17th Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will be home to a 40′ x 50′ synthetic ice skating rink. The first winter skating rink event hosted by the Maggie Valley Chamber is sure to be a fun […]

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Family gathered around the fire at a Boyd Mountain cabin

10 Ways to Plan Your Days

Happy National Plan For Vacation Day! You are busy. We get it. You’ve got a lot going on and sometimes the year just flies right by before you’ve had a chance to use all your vacation days. Don’t let 2019 get away from you. We are all so hyperconnected and busy that we forget to […]

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hiking and outdoors in Haywood County NC

How to Plan a Romantic Winter Getaway to the NC Smokies

Want to make this Valentine’s Day weekend a memorable one for you and your love? Fill it with cozy cabins, romantic dinners, plenty of wine, and days full of winter adventures! You’re only a scenic road trip away from the beautiful mountains of Haywood County for a weekend you won’t soon forget. Below is our […]

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Devil's Courthouse

Winter Hike to Devil’s Courthouse

Don’t let the Blue Ridge Parkway closing in the Winter keep you from hiking! This 4ish mile hike will take you from Hwy 215 to Devil’s Courthouse and back. Enjoy amazing long range views and access to the Parkway with no cars! This hike is pet friendly as long as they are on a leash. […]

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Couple kissing on top of Max Patch.

Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Waynesville

February 14 will be here before you know it, but don’t panic: you still have plenty of time to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway to Waynesville with your sweetie. There aren’t many destinations naturally suited for an intimate weekend trip, but our slice of the Smokies is definitely one of them. Make new memories […]

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Black Balsam Knob Hiking Trail

National Plan For Vacation Day is January 29th

Americans left 705 million earned vacation days unused in 2018 That’s more than half of working Americans not using their well earned vacation days. In-depth research proves that Americans who take time to plan how they will use their vacation time in the year ahead are happier than those who do not. They are happier with […]

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