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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 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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Seven Sensational Spots to See the Fall Leaves

This week marks the first official day of Fall (September 22) and if you’re reading this then you obviously have an interest in fall time adventure. Make the most of it with these seven sensational spots for fall color in Haywood County.

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Fall in love with Haywood County this Autumn

There is no other time of the year I love more than the fall season in the Great Smoky Mountains. Autumn is such a special time here in Haywood County for many reasons and I invite you to come experience all that this majestic season has to offer.

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elk at cataloochee

Elk Watching 101

With all the kiddos heading back to school, we thought now is the perfect time for a refresher course on one of the biggest reasons why people visit Haywood County – Elk watching!

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Wild Flowers to Wild Waters Hike in the NC Smokies

Grab your benadryl and best pollen remedies because now is the time to hike! The first hints of summer thunderstorms are rolling through our Smoky Mountains with rain swollen rivers and budding wild flowers, making it the perfect time to seek out waterfalls and take advantage of the Spring weather. Big Creek Trail to Midnight Hole […]

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