Lake Junaluska 4th of July

Celebrate July 4th Week and Fireworks

There is nothing more American than an epic 4th of July celebration. Fireworks and family fun are what great Independence Day’s are made of and you’ll find just that and much more this 4th of July in the NC Smokies.

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two dogs in the nc smokies

The Adventurer’s Guide to Western North Carolina

There’s no denying it: Western North Carolina was made for adventurers. After all, this land is the Gateway to the Smokies. It’s where the meandering Blue Ridge Parkway carves through the scenic Great Smoky Mountains National Park, opening up its valleys, ridges and waterways to be uncovered by eager explorers. In other words, if you’re […]

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Kid-Friendly Haywood County

Play Now: Kid-Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Haywood County

School’s out, and there’s plenty of time left to plan a fun-filled summer getaway to the NC Smokies with your family. Not only are our five mountain towns close to some of the best kid-friendly activities in the region, but they’re filled with some of the most affordable overnight accommodations you can find. Really, there’s […]

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Back Porch of BearWaters Brewing

Why You Should Spend Memorial Day in the NC Smokies

If you’re anything like us, you’re just now getting around to planning out your extended Memorial Day Weekend. And that’s okay (at least, that’s what we’re telling ourselves) because this mountain destination has got plenty happening for last-minute planners. Check out why so many people are joining us in Haywood County this weekend! Beautiful Weather […]

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Glamping in Haywood County

No, we didn’t make a mistake: we’re talking glamping, not camping. Interest in glamping has skyrocketed over the past few years as more and more adventurers opt for cozier stays on their camping excursions (and we think Instagram may have had something to do with it). While we’re known for being a mecca for outdoor […]

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Bird in tree.

Smoky Mountain Bird-Watching Guide

Haywood County has long been a destination for outdoor adventure and sightseeing, but did you know this is also one of the best places in the country for bird watching? You’ll find some of the rarest species in North Carolina in these mountains—from Peregrine Falcons to Northern Saw-Whet Owls. If going birding is how you […]

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April 4: Wheels Through Time Open for 2019 Season

Don’t Miss Opening Day! April 4, 2019 Wheels Through Time will be opening their doors for the season. There’s always something new to see each season and if you are a first timer, plan to stay a while! Located in Maggie Valley, Wheels Through Time is close to several beautiful riding routes such as Tail […]

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Golf hole with a picturesque mountain backdrop.

Your Guide to Golfing in the Smokies

Golfing in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina is something special. The five towns of Haywood County have plenty of different courses that offer the relaxing game you’re looking for, plus stunning scenery that surrounds you on all sides. Spring is the perfect time to golf in Haywood, too: it provides a warm escape […]

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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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