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Hiking Safety 101

The Smokies and hiking go together like peas and carrots. When you head here, you know there’s an adventure waiting just outside your door. Take a moment to refresh your hiking safety knowledge before your next trek through the Smoky Mountains! While you might not encounter any challenges on your scenic hike, we’ll feel better […]

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#WFH Means Work from Haywood

Like most things in life right now, working from home is weird. We can roll out of bed just in time for that daily all-hands-on-deck conference call, and no one will ever know—as long as our cameras are off. But, the challenge of adjusting to this unusual routine presents a few advantages. One of the […]

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10 Things to do in the Smokies this Labor Day

Kick off the last month of summer with an adventure-packed Labor Day weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Haywood County while enjoying your long weekend:  Drop a Line When it comes to relaxing a trip away, fishing is a strong start. Our Mountain Heritage Trout Waters in Waynesville and Maggie Valley offer some […]

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Kid-Friendly Haywood County

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

It’s the peak of summer, where mornings are jumpstarted by bird songs and the evenings wind down with a glass of sweet tea or a local, cold brew (if you’re of age) against the backdrop of mountain peaks. Relaxing, right? It’s the kind of peace that only comes when the kids have had an adventure-packed […]

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Moderate Hiking Trails in the Smokies

Looking to get your heart pumping and legs a-burnin? We’ve all gotten a little stir crazy over these last few months and what better way to get those endorphins flowing than some moderate hiking in the great outdoors? These trails are considered moderate either due to length, elevation gain, or trail conditions (creek crossings, rocky […]

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A young family having a picnic atop Cataloochee Meadow.

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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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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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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#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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