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Move Over Norman Rockwell, Meet the N.C. Smokies

Authentic is our middle name here in the N.C. Smokies of Haywood County. We all hanker for simpler times, for an escape from the hectic schedules and demanding regimens that define our lives week in and week out. It’s time to leave the hustle-and-bustle behind and immerse yourself in a small-town get-away to the mountains. […]

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Spooky Spots and Haywood Haunts

The haunting season is upon us and for those of you who love tales of mystery, scary points of interest, and hauntingly historic places, Haywood County is the place for you.

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Local Naturalist Releases Third Hiking Guide

It is with much anticipation and excitement that local naturalist Ken Czarnomski in partnership with the the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority announces the release of the third installment in a series unique local hiking guides – The Blackrock Mountain Hiking Guide. The

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The Landscaping of Lake Junaluska: A Shared Labor of Love

Every year thousands of visitors from around the world are awed and inspired by the beauty of the Lake Junaluska gardens. From the historic Rose Walk to the sedum garden of Inspiration Point, the horticultural surprises are never ending. But what does it take to plant and maintain these glorious grounds?

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We’re moving to Maggie!

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is very happy to announce that we are officially moving the Visit NC Smokies dream team into a new location!

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The Blue Ridge Parkway: An intricate connection to Lake Junaluska

With the closest entrance only 16 minutes away, the Blue Ridge Parkway remains one of the most popular destinations for Lake Junaluska guests. But few realize that the Parkway’s history is entwined in the history of the lake—in fact, the Parkway wouldn’t come through North Carolina at all if not for Lake Junaluska.

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Bethel Cemetery

Haywood County’s Historic Cemeteries

It’s no secret that Haywood County is rich in authentic Appalachian history. Established in 1808, the county has a story over 200 years in the making. The area is home to generations of families that settled the area and planted ties that still exist today. Many visitors are drawn to the area just to explore […]

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Did you know Elk can bugle?

No?! Well, let me make a suggestion: Plan a pre-fall trip to Haywood County and visit Cataloochee Valley, the birthplace of the reintroduced elk population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During fall breeding season, also known as “rut”, male bull elks perform their legendary “bugle” calls to attract female cows and other bulls. […]

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