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Your Next Family Adventure in the Smokies

Looking to get the family out of the house for a while before they start to tear it apart? Don’t stress—there’s relief waiting for you in our mountains. What will it take for you to enjoy it, you ask? It’s easy: load up the car and take a weekend trip into the heart of the […]

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Motorcycle Ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Come soar With Us: It’s Always Motorcycle Season in the NC Smokies

How long has it been since your last mountain ride? Whether you’re fresh off a tour or itching to get back on the saddle—you’re long overdue. So, pack your gear and head to the NC Smokies of Haywood County for the finest riding in the Southeast. From hair-raising mountain curves to mellow country roads, your […]

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People jumping into river at Sunburst Swimming Hole

9 Ways to Shake off Cabin Fever in the NC Smokies

We don’t know about you but staring at the same four walls for the past few months has only made us crave outdoor adventure even more. Luckily, Haywood County is full of fresh air, open spaces, and one of the prettiest national parks in the entire country. If you’re ready to get out and explore […]

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Open Adventures in Maggie Valley – Live Blog

Open Adventures in Maggie Valley We’ve missed you. While you’ve been away, our local businesses have been taking every necessary precaution to minimize any risks to their teams’ and their customers’ health. If you’re exploring with us once again, you can do your part by practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering, and limiting your […]

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How to Celebrate the #SpiritOfTravel with a Haywood Staycation

This week we recognize National Travel & Tourism Week by focusing on the Spirit of Travel. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority (known as Visit NC Smokies) sends our appreciation to our hospitality partners and community. We are all staying Haywood Strong, with confidence that everyone will make it through this together. Folks are anxious […]

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Family Friendly Spring Break

Easy Hiking Trails to Explore in the Smoky Mountains

There’s nothing quite like the NC Smokies: the fresh air is abundant and you’re more ready than ever to get out into some wide open, uncrowded spaces and start adventuring. The good news is, you don’t have to be a seasoned mountaineer to take on these trails: all you need for a light Smoky Mountain hike […]

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Golfer preparing to a shot at Maggie Valley Club & Resort

Enjoy a weekend of golf at Maggie Valley Club

If you’re a golfer, there’s no course as beautiful as the one at Maggie Valley Club. Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, these pristine greens are popular with both locals and tourists. The club offers regular day golf packages and something called ‘Stay and Play,’ where you can enjoy a full weekend of […]

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Girl taking a selfie with her dog in downtown Waynesville, NC.

How to Make the Most of Your Weekend in Waynesville

Spring is a beautiful time to visit the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, especially the quaint, artsy town of Waynesville. With the right knowledge and adequate planning, you can make the most of your trip. Whether you enjoy dining, shopping, hiking, relaxing or all of the above, Waynesville has what you’re looking for. If you’re looking […]

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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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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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Couple eating outdoors in Downtown Waynesville, NC

The Most Romantic Restaurants in the NC Smokies

It’s that time of year again when love fills the air—or maybe it’s just the smell of Frog Leap’s pecan-crusted mountain rainbow trout? Either way, the thought of taking your love up to the Smoky Mountains for an extended weekend of relaxation and reconnection should make you giddy with excitement. We know every memorable holiday […]

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Young musicians performing in Waynesville.

5 Unique Waynesville Experiences

Main Street The hustle and bustle of Main Street was once the heartbeat of every American town. Luckily, Waynesville’s Main Street has flourished as the town’s hub for shopping, dining, art, and entertainment. Take a stroll down Waynesville’s central drag and you’ll have a day’s worth of things to do. During most seasons of the […]

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