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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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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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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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#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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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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Labor Day grill

Labor Day the Haywood Way

Kick off the last month of summer with an adventure packed Labor Day weekend. 10 things to do in Haywood County while enjoying your long weekend: 1. Visit Wheels Through Time A museum like no other, grab the whole family and head to Maggie Valley to see over 350 rare american machines at Wheels Through […]

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Best of June Taken by YOU

Each month we will be posting a recap of the best pics of Haywood County taken by YOU and posted on Instagram! All you have to do is tag your pic with #haynow or tag our social account @visitncsmokies. Anything goes, silly faces, amazing places, good eats, sweet treats, best hikes, (you get the idea […]

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Little Cataloochee Church

Day Hike to Little Cataloochee Church

8 Mile Out and Back Day Hike Spring has sprung here finally after some early April snow flurries and the weather and blooms are ripe for hiking season! Looking for a day hike to someplace unique? Check out the Little Cataloochee Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This trail will lead you to […]

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